Despite a pandemic and supply chain squeeze impacting the globe, it is actually a great time to be looking for work—at least in Canada.
Here in British Columbia, more than one million job openings are expected over the next decade, according to the government’s latest Labour Market Outlook.
“Despite the challenges of the past two years, there are new opportunities ahead for people looking for good-paying careers,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training.
“B.C. continues to lead Canada’s economic recovery with more than 100,000 jobs added in 2021,” added Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation.
Many of the opportunities will be replacing retirees, and the bulk of openings are expected in healthcare and education. However, there will still be a wide array of opportunities in technology-based fields. According to the LMO, there will be more than 100,000 new openings in science and technology roles through 2031.
Over the past four years, BC’s provincial government has expanded access to post-secondary training including nearly 3,000 tech-relates spaces. This program is set to produce approximately 1,000 additional tech graduates each year by 2023, according to the Province.
This is a much needed boost to the talent pipeline. The LMO notes that the technology sector in BC “continues to see rapid growth,” with some sectors experiencing growth upward of 40% since 2019, and with future growth anticipated to be nearly 5% annually for the next decade.
For now, check out current tech opportunities in BC and across Canada on the Tech Talent Canada job board.