Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2017-2018):
+6.0%
Job growth (2017-2018):
+11,300
Total employment (2018):
208,500

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • The majority of jobs in this industry are located in the Mainland / Southwest region.
  • Wages for both men and women in this industry are above their respective provincial averages.
  • The unemployment rate is less than the provincial unemployment rate.
  • Almost the entire industry is in the private sector.

The Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industry is made up of businesses whose employees offer particular specialized skill sets and knowledge to clients. Most of the industries grouped in this sector have production processes that are almost completely dependent on worker skills.

Workforce

Gender

Employment by gender in 2018

  Men: 56%
  Women: 44%

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Provincial average in 2018

  Men: 58%
  Women: 42%

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Age groups

% of employees under 25 years of age

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

% of employees 55 years and older

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Employment

Types of employment

2013 2018 B.C. average (2018)
Part time
(% of employees working part time)
2013
16%
2014
17%
B.C. average (2018)
20%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2013
39%
2018
34%
B.C. average (2018)
20%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2013
9%
2018
8%
B.C. average (2018)
13%

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Workplace

% of workers in firms less than 20 employees

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

% of workers in private sector jobs

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Earnings

Average hourly wages in this industry

Men

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Women

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Youth

  • 2013
  • 2018
  • B.C. average (2018)

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Location of work

Select your region:
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
  % employment of this industry
  % employment of all industries

Vancouver Island / Coast

Mainland / Southwest

Thompson-Okanagan

Kootenay

Cariboo

North Coast & Nechako

Northeast

Source: 2018 Labour Force Survey

Employment outlook

2019 2024 2029
Forecasted employment
2019
210,700
2024
231,000
2029
255,200

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted average annual employment growth rate

  • 2019 - 2024
  • 2024 - 2029

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted industry share of total employment

  • 2019
  • 2024
  • 2029

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Additional resources

Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC)
http://www.aibc.ca/

Association of Consulting Engineering Companies | Canada
http://www.acec.ca/

Canadian Architectural Certification Board
http://www.cacb.ca/

Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors (CAGC)
http://www.cagc.ca/

LifeSciences British Columbia
http://www.lifesciencesbc.ca

North American Industry Classification System
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/concepts/industry-industrie-eng.htm