The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour has published Industry Outlook Profiles with detailed employment growth and job openings forecast information.
The profiles are based on the British Columbia 2025 Labour Market Outlook that was released on July 22, 2016. The profiles are now available on the WorkBC website: https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Industry/Industry-Information.aspx
The Industry Outlook Profiles include descriptions of the 58 featured industries and provide the most up-to-date information on projected industry employment growth and job openings for B.C. and its regions, as well as occupational employment, job openings forecast and prevailing wages.
In addition to the industry profiles, a Technology and Science occupations profile released today also supports government’s commitment to deepen B.C.’s technology talent pool through timely and relevant labour market information, as outlined in the #BCTECH Strategy. The profile features openings for anticipated technology occupations based on labour market trends.
Labour market demand and supply are influenced by a combination of trends that change from year to year. Labour market projections in the profiles are based on available economic and labour market data from Statistics Canada and other sources, industry growth and population projections and consultations with employers, industry partners and representatives from key sectors. They are meant to reflect general expected trends over the medium to long term.
The 2025 British Columbia Labour Market Outlook and industry profiles are a valuable resource for educators, counsellors, students and their families in making decisions regarding education and skills training. They also help those who are unemployed or underemployed find jobs that are in demand right now. Post-secondary institutions also use the data to ensure their programming aligns with high-demand occupations now and over the next decade.
Through B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, the government is re-engineering its education and training system toward a data-driven system, shifting investments and re-aligning programs to focus on jobs that are in demand.
- British Columbia was the leader in economic growth in Canada last year and is positioned to be among Canada’s leaders in economic growth again in 2016 as well as 2017.
- Thousands of new job openings are expected in every region of British Columbia by 2025:
- Vancouver Island/Coast: 147,900 job openings
- Mainland/Southwest: 596,400 job openings
- North Coast/Nechako/Northeast and Cariboo: 54,600 job openings
- Southeast: 134,700 job openings
- Employment has continued on an upward trend and is now at record highs of over 2.3 million.
- Overall, almost one million job openings are expected in B.C. by 2025.
- Two-thirds of B.C.’s job openings will be from retirements and one-third from economic growth.
- Nearly 80% of job openings in B.C. will require post-secondary education.
2025 B.C. Labour Market Outlook industry outlook profiles: https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Industry.aspx
2025 B.C. Labour Market Outlook report: https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Industry/Industry-Information/Industry-Outlooks.aspx
2025 Labour Market Outlook data is also available on DataBC: https://catalogue.data.gov.bc.ca/dataset/labour-market-outlook
B.C. Employment Statistics: Workbc.ca/Statistics.aspx
#BCTECH Strategy: https://bctechstrategy.gov.bc.ca/
B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: https://www.workbc.ca/Training-Education/B-C-s-Skills-for-Jobs-Blueprint.aspx