High Demand Occupations

Discover the occupations that are expected to have above-average opportunities over the coming decade. B.C.’s Labour Market Outlook: 2017 Edition report (the “Outlook”) provides the best information available about the kinds of jobs and skills that will be most in demand—overall and by region—for the next 10 years.

The High Demand Occupations list is a key part of the Outlook. You can find an explanation of the main factors influencing demand below. Detailed information on how this list is developed is available in the Labour Market Outlook report.

A high demand occupation is one which offers  more opportunities relative to other occupations. A moving to balance occupation is a high demand occupation that is offering relatively fewer opportunities than before. If this trend continues, the occupation may be removed in future updates to the list.
 
Gold highlighted occupations in the table below are moving into balance.


HIGH DEMAND MANAGEMENT OCCUPATIONS
Usually requiring a bachelor's, graduate or first professional degree and/or significant work experience

OCCUPATION JOB OPENINGS TO 2027 MEDIAN WAGE RATE, 2016 OCCUPATION CODE (NOC)
Retail and wholesale trade managers 26,200 $26.00 0621
Restaurant and food service managers 8,500 $19.00 0631
Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers 7,100 $34.97 0121
Corporate sales managers 5,200 $39.23 0601
Banking, credit and other investment managers 4,700 $38.46 0122
Financial managers 4,600 $39.90 0111
Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services 4,500 $48.60 0013
Computer and information systems managers 4,500 $43.75 0213
Facility operation and maintenance managers 4,000 $34.97 0714
Advertising, marketing and public relations managers 3,700 $33.65 0124
Senior managers - construction, transportation, production and utilities 3,500 $40.38 0016
Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. 3,200 $35.26 0015
Human resources managers 3,100 $37.50 0112
Home building and renovation managers 3,100 $20.00 0712
Managers in social, community and correctional services 2,900 $37.00 0423
Managers in transportation 2,800 $35.00 0731
Accommodation service managers 2,700 $21.15 0632
Administrators - post-secondary education and vocational training 1,800 $36.89 0421
Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors 1,200 $26.03 0513

HIGH DEMAND OCCUPATIONS
Usually requiring a bachelor's, graduate or first professional degree

OCCUPATION JOB OPENINGS TO 2027 MEDIAN WAGE RATE, 2016 OCCUPATION CODE (NOC)
Financial auditors and accountants 11,500 $27.69 1111
Information systems analysts and consultants 9,600 $36.92 2171
Computer programmers and interactive media developers 8,800 $37.02 2174
College and other vocational instructors 6,300 $32.00 4021
Software engineers and designers 5,000 $37.13 2173
Other financial officers 4,700 $29.74 1114
University professors and lecturers 4,600 $38.46 4011
Professional occupations in business management consulting 4,300 $36.00 1122
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 3,600 $30.77 1123
Lawyers and notaries 3,600 $106,361* 4112
Civil engineers 3,400 $36.78 2131
Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations 3,100 $29.50 5131
Web designers and developers 2,900 $22.00 2175
Social workers 2,700 $30.50 4152
Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants 2,700 N/A 4163
Human resources professionals 2,400 $31.28 1121
Family, marriage and other related counsellors 2,300 $27.50 4153
Authors and writers 2,200 N/A 5121
Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers 1,600 $33.88 4165
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers 1,600 $33.65 4161
Post-secondary teaching and research assistants 1,600 21.15 4012
Architects 1,500 $31.73 2151
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 1,400 $40.50 2147
Psychologists 1,300 N/A 4151

HIGH DEMAND OCCUPATIONS
Usually requiring a diploma, certificate or apprenticeship training

OCCUPATION JOB OPENINGS TO 2027 MEDIAN WAGE RATE, 2016 OCCUPATION CODE (NOC)
Administrative officers 19,800 $23.00 1221
Administrative assistants 15,000 $22.00 1241
Social and community service workers 11,400 $19.11 4212
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 10,100 $20.00 1311
Early childhood educators and assistants 9,100 $16.00 4214
Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers 6,700 $27.28 7321
Real estate agents and salespersons 6,600 $44,753* 6232
Hairstylists and barbers 5,000 $13.85 6341
Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness 4,700 $20.00 5254
Property administrators 4,500 $23.00 1224
Computer network technicians 3,800 $32.69 2281
Police officers (except commissioned) 3,700 $37.50 4311
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 3,300 $24.24 2242
User support technicians 3,000 $25.96 2282
Retail sales supervisors 2,900 $18.45 6211
Insurance agents and brokers 2,700 $21.54 6231
Executive assistants 2,600 $24.86 1222
Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews 2,400 $32.09 7302
Legal administrative assistants 2,200 $24.00 1242
Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors 2,100 $48.08 2271
Insurance adjusters and claims examiners 1,500 $34.63 1312
Firefighters 1,500 $36.00 4312

HIGH DEMAND OCCUPATIONS
Usually requiring high school and/or occupation specific training

OCCUPATION JOB OPENINGS TO 2027 MEDIAN WAGE RATE, 2016 OCCUPATION CODE (NOC)
Retail salespersons 27,000 $12.00 6421
General office support workers 12,200 $21.00 1411
Receptionists 11,100 $16.00 1414
Food and beverage servers 9,400 $10.85 6513
Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations 7,200 $17.00 4412
Accounting and related clerks 6,400 $20.50 1431
Home child care providers 4,300 $10.85 4411
Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs 2,500 $16.50 7513

HIGH DEMAND HEALTH OCCUPATIONS
Priority health occupations identified by the B.C. Ministry of health

OCCUPATION EMPLOYMENT, 2017 MEDIAN WAGE RATE, 2016 OCCUPATION CODE (NOC)
General practitioners and family physicians 6,758 $207,881* 3112
Psychiatrists 839** $232,402* -
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 52,540 $42.45 3012
Medical sonographers 702 $37.02 3216
Physiotherapists 3,415 $39.17 3142
Occupational therapists 1,982 $39.17 3143
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates 32,353 $23.05 3413
Perfusionists 58** $49.45 -
  • WAGE RATE: For occupations with a “*”, the annual wage rate is provided, as the hourly wage rate is not available.
  • WAGE DATA FOR HEALTH OCCUPATIONS: For General practitioners and family physicians and Psychiatrists, wage data are from the B.C. Ministry of Health. They represent gross earnings before the payment of office and other overhead expenses. Wage data for other health occupations are from the Health Employers Association of B.C.
  • HEALTH OCCUPATIONS EMPLOYMENT DATA: Employment figures for Psychiatrists and Perfusionists (marked with a “**”) refer to 2016 employment estimates.

Factors behind high demand occupations

How are high demand occupations identified? Put simply, high demand occupations rank

  • high on job openings and employment, and
  • low on unemployment rate and excess supply

The Outlook lists three major factors that influence demand for workers:

  1. How much the economy will grow
    • Trends in consumer spending, investment, international trade and government spending
    • Growth in sectors that are labour intensive
  1. How productivity and skill requirements will change
    • Rising productivity that in some cases means fewer job openings
    • Increased productivity that in other cases makes us more competitive, leading to increased trade and increased job opportunities
    • Technological change
  1. How many people will retire and when
    • Number of job openings resulting from replacement demand due to retirements and deaths
    • Later retirements coming from trends such as longer lifespans, better health, a preference to continue working longer, and financial need
    • Highly productive and experienced older workers leaving the workforce and needing replacement by more than one worker

Learn More

Find out more about the careers that interest you with WorkBC’s Career Profiles. Get all the details you need, including duties, job requirements, work environment, career paths and more. For 113 of these profiles, you can also watch a Career Trek video filmed right here in B.C.

Please note that the High Demand Occupations list contains brand new data, which is not yet incorporated in the career profiles. An upcoming update across the WorkBC site will bring the data into alignment.