Skip to content

The Top Jobs in British Columbia

16 April 2015 – When it comes to the job search, different job seekers are looking for different things. Some are looking for jobs with growth potential, while others prioritize salary. Some are simply looking at their options in terms of availability.


Hoping to shed some light on these questions for job seekers, a new report from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) takes a closer look at the current labour market in British Columbia.


“After lackluster job growth in the past few years, we are starting to see more favourable conditions for the labour market in British Columbia,” says Mark Bania, managing director of Canada. “Our research gives us a closer look at the occupations with the highest growth, most opportunities now and highest pay, among other insights.”


The report highlights provincial job growth over a five-year period, jobs with the highest median pay in the area, provincial occupations with the most jobs available now, and occupations with the highest concentrations in British Columbia.


Biggest Job Growth in British Columbia:

The following occupations are among those projected to add the highest number of jobs from 2015 – 2020.


Occupation Jobs Added (2015-2020) Jobs 2015 Jobs 2020 Median Hourly Earnings
Retail salespersons and sales clerks 3,573 98,175 92,748 $12.00
Registered nurses 3,067 45,576 48,643 $36.99
Administrative officers 2,013 33,735 35,748 $22.27
Truck drivers 1,843 33,916 35,759 $22.91
Financial auditors and accountants 1,533 26,785 28,318 $28.85



Highest Paying Jobs in British Columbia:

The following jobs are among the highest paying jobs in British Columbia with positive projected growth in the province from 2015 – 2020.


Occupation Median Hourly Earnings 2015 Jobs 2020 Jobs % Growth 2015-2020
Primary production managers (except agriculture) $51.86 1,639 1,848 13%
Senior government managers and officers $46.86 1,505 1,624 8%
Petroleum engineers $44.75 289 294 2%
Computer and information systems managers $45.19 7,515 8,118 8%
Human resources managers $42.31 3,870 4,028 4%


Occupations with the Most Jobs:

The following occupations have the highest number of jobs in British Columbia and positive projected growth from 2015 – 2020.


Occupation 2015 Jobs 2020 Jobs % Growth (2015-2020) Median Hourly Earnings
Retail salespersons and sales clerks 89,175 92,748 4% $12.00
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related occupations 52,190 54,667 5% $10.75
Cashiers 48,135 49,384 3% $10.75
Registered nurses 45,576 48,643 7% $36.99
Truck drivers 33,916 35,759 5% $22.91



Jobs with the Highest Concentrations in British Columbia:

The following occupations are among those with higher concentrations in British Columbia than other regions of the country (as indicated by their location quotients*) and show positive projected growth from 2015 – 2020.


Occupation Location Quotient 2015 Jobs 2020 Jobs % Growth (2015-2020) Median Hourly Earnings
Longshore workers 5.65 4,376 4,915 12% $34.98
Deck officers, water transport 4.44 2,443 2,589 6% $36.97
Forestry professionals 4.01 2,615 2,890 11% $33.34
Logging machinery operators 3.71 4,020 4,382 9% $37.48
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts 2.34 1,280 1,387 8% $23.00


*Location quotient (LQ) is a way of quantifying how concentrated a particular industry, cluster, occupation, or demographic group is in a region as compared to the nation. It can reveal what makes a particular region “unique” in comparison to the national average.



About EMSI

Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., a CareerBuilder company, turns labor market data into useful information that helps organizations understand the connection between economies, people, and work. Using sound economic principles and good data, EMSI builds user-friendly services that help educational institutions, workforce planners, and regional developers build a better workforce and improve the economic conditions in their regions. For more information, visit



Recruiting is complicated. CareerBuilder makes it easy. We understand as the economy changes, so do the needs of the businesses and individuals we serve. Whatever your situation, we’re here to empower you with the resources you need to find, hire and keep the best people. From candidates sourcing, to comprehensive, easy-to-understand workforce data, to software that streamlines your recruiting process, our solutions are designed to make your recruitment strategy simple, fast and effective, so you can focus on your No. 1 asset — your people. For more information about products and services, visit


Find jobs | Post your résumé

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply