Top Demand Trades

According to B.C.’s Labour Market Outlook, a variety of industries are expected to have thousands of job openings in the skilled trades over the coming years. Many of these occupations may require on-the-job training and in-class training as a prerequisite, and offer excellent earning potential.
You’ll find the Labour Market Outlook 2018 edition’s ten trades occupations with the largest number of job openings below. Learn more about each of these trades, including education, training and qualification requirements; annual earnings; the annual employment growth rate; and so much more.
Discover how you can participate in B.C.’s growing economy and begin your journey toward a rewarding career in the skilled trades.

Labour Market Outlook 2018 -  Top Trades Occupations

Job Openings 2018-2028

Cooks 11,490
Automotive Service Technicians, Truck & Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers 6,380
Carpenters 5,260
Hairstylists and Barbers 4,970
Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers 4,300
Heavy Equipment Operators (except crane) 3,330
Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics 3,010
Welders and Related Machine Operators 2,450
Electricians (except industrial and power system) 2,380
Bakers 2,270

Learn about Industry Training Authority (ITA) B.C.’s Top in-Demand Trades. ITA bases their top in-demand trades on several criteria, including: Labour Market Outlook Information, apprenticeship registration and trends, industry feedback and historical and forecasted training seat requirements.

Discover trades training in the K- 12 school system with ITA’s Youth Programs.
ITA’s Champions of Apprenticeship are recognized for their outstanding achievements in B.C.’s apprenticeship system. 
Find a trade program or search for a seat by program or institution with Trades Training BC.
Learn about the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program, which sets common standards to assess the skill of tradespeople across Canada. A Red Seal endorsement indicates that a tradesperson has demonstrated the knowledge required for their skilled trade.