Top Demand Trades

According to B.C.’s Labour Market Outlook: 2021 Edition, a variety of industries are expected to have thousands of job openings in the skilled apprenticeable trades over the next 10 years. These occupations require on-the-job training and in-class training as a prerequisite, and offer excellent earning potential.

See the 15 trades 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 2021 -  Top Trades Occupations

Job Openings

Cooks 12,470
Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers 6,620
Construction trades helpers and labourers 6,340
Hairstylists and barbers 6,070
Carpenters 5,830
Construction electricians 3,750
Heavy equipment operators (except crane) 3,620
Painters and decorators (except interior decorators) 3,600
Welders and related machine operators 2,970
Plumbers 2,880
Bakers 2,860
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics 2,790
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics 1,790
Aircraft mechanics 1,650
Plasterers, drywall 1,370

Learn about SkilledTradesBC's (STBC) Top In-Demand Trades. STBC 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 STBC’s Youth Programs.
STBC'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.