Soon after you arrive, you will probably want to find jobs in British Columbia if you do not have one already. It often helps to have a job offer before you come to B.C. You can prepare before you leave your home country. The facts and resources listed below can help you learn about job demand and opportunities in British Columbia, and help you find a job.
General information on B.C. employment
- In all, jobs in British Columbia are forecasted to have 903,000 opening positions between 2018 and 2028.
- 77% of future jobs will require some form of post-secondary education or training.
- 166,000 job openings over the next 10 years will be in occupations that have a high chance of being affected by automation.
- Listening is identified as a very important skill for 73% of total job openings.
Types of employment in B.C.
There are many scenarios for working and earning in B.C. The global economy, evolving technology, and company workforce restructuring are shifting work opportunities in some sectors from full-time to part-time and/or to outsourcing.
As you are exploring and making decisions about your career direction, consider the evolving trends and work landscape in the occupations and industries that interest you. When you are looking for work, expanding your focus beyond the job you want to get to the kind of work you want to do.
Here are some of the ways you can work in B.C.:
- Full-time work
- Part-time work
- Job sharing
- Contract work
- Temporary work
- Casual or on-call work
- Seasonal work
For immigrants who want more independence or are not finding the job they want in the employment market, another option is self-employment. You could run a business on your own, with a partner or with employees, own and manage a franchise, work on contracts for different clients, or hire yourself out as a consultant in your area of expertise.
Plan your career
To have a better chance of getting jobs in British Columbia, you must research and know what career will lead you to a successful life and how you will get ready for that career.
Following the steps below to get a productive and satisfying career:
- Knowing your skills and the skills that are in demand, whether you are planning a career or looking for a job.
- Using Career Tools to know the training and skills you need to fit your interests and abilities.
Some of the options you can choose:
- Blueprint Builder: starts you off with resources to narrow down your choices and choose an education that can suit you and meet your needs.
- Career Compass: presents three different approaches to help you explore career options and opportunities
- WorkBC’s Career Trek: provides video profiles for 137 different B.C. careers, as well as key labor market data on each career.
- The Cost of Living Calculator: compares the cost of living in over 150 B.C. communities and gives you labor market information for these places.
Also, you can:
- Check the online job listings or the classified sections of national and local newspapers.
- Contact the employment departments of organizations where you would like to work.
- Ask friends and family living in B.C. for any leads on jobs.
- Get support from a settlement services agency.
- Find volunteer opportunities to help you gain Canadian work experience.
- Call or visit a Service Canada Centre for information on the government of Canada’s employment services and training help.
Top demand trades
B.C.’s Labour Market Outlook report is a ten-year forecast of the flow of supply and demand for labor in the province. The publication is updated every year to give British Columbians and the immigrants information they need to make decisions on careers, skills training, education, and hiring.
According to the report, a variety of industries are expected to have thousands of job openings in the skilled trades over the coming years. Many of these occupations may require on-the-job and in-class training, and offer excellent earning potential.
Ten trades occupations with the largest number of job openings:
- Cooks: 11,490 job openings
- Automotive Service Technicians, Truck & Bus Mechanics, and Mechanical Repairers: 6,380 job openings
- Carpenters: 5,260 job openings
- Hairstylists and Barbers: 4,970 job openings
- Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers: 4,300 job openings
- Heavy Equipment Operators (except crane): 3,330 job openings
- Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics: 3,010 job openings
- Welders and Related Machine Operators: 2,450 job openings
- Electricians (except industrial and power system): 2,380 job openings
- Bakers: 2,270 job openings
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