Exploring the Possibilities
Exploring careers further – either ones identified through the self-assessment quizzes or any others that are of interest – will help your youth narrow down choices and identify careers that fit them best.
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Learn about high opportunity occupations
A list of high opportunity occupations
has been developed to help your youth make informed career choices and understand which occupations are expected to experience higher demand and offer higher pay compared to others.
High Opportunity Occupations are identified by answering the four key questions:
- How much is the wage?
- How easy is it to get a job now?
- How easy will it be to get a job in the future?
- How many opportunities ill be available?
Use high opportunity occupations to help guide your career choices, while considering which region you’d like like to work in.
Check out the High Opportunity Occupation Tool. Be sure to use the filters to find careers of interest. Make a note of the careers you want to learn more about.
Find out about trades
Over the next decade, there will be about 73,000 job openings in trades occupations. Nearly half of these jobs will be in the construction sector.
In B.C., there are more than 100 trades training and apprentice programs
that offer career opportunities. Trades occupations are found in a variety of industry sectors, including manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, construction, aerospace, automotive and maritime.
The top trades in terms of projected job openings over the next 10 years are:
- Auto Service Technicians.
- Construction trades helpers & labourers.
- Hairstylists & barbers.
- Heavy Equipment Operators (except crane).
- Painters & decorators (except interior decorators).
- Construction electricians.
- Construction millwrights.
- Welders & related machine operators.
- Heavy-duty equipment mechanics.
- Motor vehicle body repairers.
For more information about trades occupations and training visit:
• Youth careers in trades
• ITA Youth trades programs
Did you know
your youth may be able to start their training before even leaving high school? Check out the Youth Work in Trades
and Youth Train in Trades
Watch this Career Trek video: Lisa, an Ironworker
Check out more videos and other success stories.
For additional information, visit the Industry Training Authority (ITA) website and contact an ITA apprenticeship advisor for information and assistance.
British Columbia’s diverse industries provide rich and varied job opportunities. Investigate B.C.’s 18 major industries. Access these industry profiles to see employment trends, earning potential and more.
The following five industries will account for about half of the total job openings projected over the next 10 years:
1. Health Care and Social Assistance:
141,700 job openings; 16.5% of total job openings.
- Health Care and Social Assistance will see the largest increase in job openings in the next 10 years. 58% of these will come from the need to replace retiring workers, while the remaining 42% will be a result of expansion of the health system in response to the growing medical needs of an aging population.
2. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services:
98,800 job openings; 11.5% of total job openings.
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services has been a fast-growing industry and this trend will continue into the next decade. It’s expected that economic growth will generate 46% of the job openings in this industry.
3. Retail Trade:
80,900 job opening; 9.4% of total job openings.
- Retail Trade is expected to see below-average employment growth of 0.8% over 2019-2029, but because it’s a large industry employing 285,000 workers, the number of job openings over the next decade will still be large relative to other, smaller industries.
4. Accommodation and Food Services:
63,200 job openings; 7.3% of total job openings.
- Accommodation and Food Services industry employs 195,000 workers and is expected to see strong annual employment growth of 1.5% over the forecast period.
5. Educational Services:
60,400 job openings; 7.0% of total job openings.
- Educational Services employs 175,000 workers. Employment growth at elementary and secondary schools and in private education is expected to be stronger than at colleges and universities over the forecast period.
Activity: For more information about job openings by major industry group, visit workbc.ca/industry.
Check out occupational categories
The National Occupational Classification system groups the entire workforce into 10 major occupational categories. Knowing which category your occupations falls under can help you meet the requirements of a job.
Approximately three quarters (74.6%) of the projected job openings over the next decade are expected to be in the top five occupational groups.
- Sales and Service: 175,500 job openings; 20.4% of total job openings.
- Business, Finance and Administration: 137,300 job openings; 15.9% of total job openings.
- Management: 122,600 job openings; 14.2% of total job openings.
- Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Related: 106,000 job openings; 12.3% of total job openings.
- Education, Law and Social, Community and Government Services: 100,600 job openings; 11.7% of total job openings.
Most jobs in the top occupational group, sales and services, offer people an entry point into the labour force, and opportunities to develop and hone skills and competencies. The second and third groups (Business, Finance and Administration; and Management) offer wide-ranging employment opportunities, with crucial roles in the functioning and competitiveness of virtually every organization in B.C.
For some major occupational groups, demographics – not economics – are driving openings due to replacements for retiring workers.
Check out the Career Search Tool. Select certain filters to pinpoint careers based on your interests, education, region, industry, and occupational category.