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Good Jobs Guide to help job seekers find success

Where do the numbers come from?

The Good Jobs Guide and Labour Market Outlook use the most current data from various sources, including BC Stats, the B.C. Ministry of Finance, Statistics Canada and other federal departments. Data is reviewed based on industry, occupation, geographic region, skills and competencies.

The outlook includes projections for economic growth, productivity trends and the need to replace retiring workers. In addition, it considers factors related to population growth, the number of people looking for work and the impact of training and job matching on unemployment.

The full Labour Market Outlook will be released shortly. However, forecast data used in the Outlook is now available online. 

What’s new this year?

High opportunity occupations: the Good Jobs Guide includes a list of high opportunity occupations to help people make more informed decisions about their future careers. High opportunity occupations are those occupations where it is generally easier to obtain a job that is also better paid.

A total of 130 occupations are included as high opportunity occupations for B.C.

Regional high opportunity occupations lists: for the first time, the outlook will include a customized high opportunity occupations list for each of B.C.’s seven economic development regions. These are lists that can be used to guide career choices for people who are looking at staying in or moving to a specific region. The full provincial list is designed for those who would be willing to move across the province in pursuit of opportunities.

Occupational interests: last year, occupational interests were introduced as an additional means of choosing jobs. This year, forecasts have been provided that show job opportunities by the field in which people are interested in working.

Skills and competencies: more information is provided about the skills and competencies that are important for each occupation.

Where will the job openings be in B.C.?

The regions with the largest number of job openings between today and 2029 are the Mainland/southwest (63.7%) and Vancouver Island/coast (16.7%). Distribution of job openings:

  • Mainland/southwest: 548,600 job openings
  • Vancouver Island/coast: 143,800 job openings
  • Thompson-Okanagan: 95,600 job openings
  • Kootenay: 23,900 job openings
  • Cariboo: 21,400 job openings
  • Northeast: 18,000 job openings
  • North Coast/Nechako: 9,900 job openings

Which industries will have the most job openings?

Thousands of jobs are expected in every region of B.C., but five industries will account for about half of the total job openings projected over the next 10 years. They are:

  • Health care and social assistance (141,700 job openings, 15% of total job openings)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (98,800 job openings, 10.4% of total job openings)
  • Retail trade (80,900 job openings, 8.5% of total job openings)
  • Accommodation and food services (63,200 job openings, 6.7% of total job openings)
  • Educational services (60,400 job openings, 6.4% of total job openings)