High Opportunity Occupations in British Columbia

The British Columbia Labour Market Outlook: 2019 Edition provides a list of High Opportunity Occupations for B.C. over the next ten years. High Opportunity Occupations are those that are expected to experience higher demand and offer higher pay compared to other occupations and are identified by answering these four key questions:

  1. How many job opportunities will be available?
  2. How much is the wage?
  3. How easy is it to get a job now?
  4. How easy is it to get a job in the future?

This is a partial list of the high opportunity occupations that require a Diploma or Certificate level post-secondary education broken down by occupational interest.

Healthcare

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)

LPNs provide nursing care taking direction from doctors or registered nurses and can also make certain nursing decisions on their own.

  • Median Hourly Wage:                        $28.00
  • Highest Hourly Wage:                        $31.15
  • Expected Job Openings to 2029:      4,290

Nurse Aides, Orderlies & Patient Service Associates

Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates are all types of health care assistants (HCAs). In B.C., HCAs who work in hospitals and or long-term care facilities are known as care aides.

  • Median Hourly Wage:                        $22.00
  • Highest Hourly Wage:                        $25.00
  • Expected Job Openings to 2029:       17,890

Health Information Management

People who like to work with information and statistics may find this healthcare related career path right for them. To work in Health information management requires completion of a recognized two-year college diploma program in health record technology or health information management.

  • Median Hourly Wage:                        $32.04
  • Highest Hourly Wage:                        $44.37
  • Expected Job Openings to 2029:      300

Massage Therapists

In BC all massage therapists are required to be registered. They treat of soft tissues and joints which helps maintains and improve overall health. 

  • Median Hourly Wage:                        $20.00
  • Highest Hourly Wage:                        $50.00
  • Expected Job Openings to 2029:       2,300

Medical Administrative Assistant

Medical administrative assistants must have excellent interpersonal skills and have the ability to be discreet and tactful to effectively perform secretarial and administrative duties in doctors' offices, hospitals and medical clinics

  • Median Hourly Wage:                        $23.00
  • Highest Hourly Wage:                         $34.62
  • Expected Job Openings to 2029:        1,900

Social & Community Service Workers

Social and community service workers set up and manage a variety of social assistance programs and community services by gathering background information and developing action plans. Positions involve caring for the elderly population, pregnant teens, the homeless, and people with psychiatric or developmental disabilities or substance use problems.

  • Median Hourly Wage:                        $21.00
  • Highest Hourly Wage:                         $28.98
  • Expected Job Openings to 2029:        11,020

Home Support Workers

Home Support Workers are known as community health workers in B.C. They are health care assistants (HCAs) that work in people’s homes providing personal care for seniors, people with disabilities and those recovering from an illness or accident.

  • Median Hourly Wage:                        $19.56
  • Highest Hourly Wage:                         $24.00
  • Expected Job Openings to 2029:        6,610

Medical Lab Technician

Medical Lab Technicians work in medical laboratories in hospitals, clinics conducting routine medical laboratory tests.

  • Median Hourly Wage:                        $24.00
  • Highest Hourly Wage:                         $34.00
  • Expected Job Openings to 2029:        1,650

Veterinary Assistants

Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians provide support to veterinarians by assisting in the diagnosis, treatment and care of injured or sick animals.

  • Median Hourly Wage:                        $18.35
  • Highest Hourly Wage:                         $25.30
  • Expected Job Openings to 2029:        600

Business

Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers

Accounting technicians and bookkeepers manage a business’s day-to-day financial records and may work with Chartered Professional Accounts (CPAs) and other accounting professionals or may offer personal bookkeeping services.

  • Median Hourly Wage:                        $24.40
  • Highest Hourly Wage:                         $36.54
  • Expected Job Openings to 2029:        9,440  

Administrative Officers

Administrative staff are responsible for the smooth operation of an office or business and whose duties can include a wide variety of tasks such as setting work priorities and delegating the work to office support staff, planning events, helping prepare operating budgets and maintaining inventory and budgetary controls

  • Median Hourly Wage:                        $25.00
  • Highest Hourly Wage:                         $37.50
  • Expected Job Openings to 2029:        16,320

Paralegal

Legal assistants and paralegals require a college diploma in a paralegal (formerly legal assistant) program, and typically specialize in specific areas of law, such as commercial, corporate, family, real estate, litigation or criminal law.

  • Median Hourly Wage:                        $28.85
  • Highest Hourly Wage:                         $47.00
  • Expected Job Openings to 2029:        1,320

Interior Designers/Interior Decorators

Interior Designers come up with ideas and produce artistic, practical and safe designs for interior spaces in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

  • Median Hourly Wage:                        $26.00
  • Highest Hourly Wage:                         $47.00
  • Expected Job Openings to 2029:        1580

Source: Work BC, September, 2021