Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2014-2015):
+3.2%
Job growth (2014-2015):
+5,800
Total employment (2015):
188,100

Source: 2015 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 half the provincial jobless 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 2015

  Men: 57%
  Women: 43%

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Provincial average in 2015

  Men: 52%
  Women: 48%

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Age groups

% of employees under 25 years of age

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

% of employees 55 years and older

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Employment

Types of employment

2010 2015 B.C. average (2015)
Part time
(% of employees working part time)
2010
19%
2015
18%
B.C. average (2015)
21%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2010
42%
2015
37%
B.C. average (2015)
18%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2010
7%
2015
7%
B.C. average (2015)
14%

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Workplace

% of workers in firms less than 20 employees

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

% of workers in private sector jobs

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Earnings

Average hourly wages in this industry

Men

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Women

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Youth

  • 2010
  • 2015
  • B.C. average (2015)

Source: 2015 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

N/A - Data not available

Source: 2015 Labour Force Survey

Employment outlook

2016 2020 2025
Forecasted employment
2016
188,800
2020
206,400
2025
227,500

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted average annual employment growth rate

  • 2016 - 2020
  • 2020 - 2025

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted industry share of total employment

  • 2016
  • 2020
  • 2025

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