Last year while CKNW was doing the putting the BC to work series we focused a lot on the big industries and where the work is.
This year, Drex Live wanted to look not just at which industries were leading the pack when it comes to jobs, but how to actually connect with those jobs.
Tourism, tech & science, construction and health care, are the biggest industries for jobs in 2016, and there a lot of work if you’re willing to find it. So, who’s hiring?
Tourism, accommodation and food
B.C is famous for its tourism sector, and Arlene Kies, CEO of go 2 HR says now is the right time to be looking if you want to find this kind of work.
“Right now is actually a very good time to be talking about jobs in tourism because a lot of employers are ramping up right now. And you mentioned accommodation and food services, those are two big sectors, but there’s also another huge big sector and that’s the outdoor recreation sector.”
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Castanet – For interior of BC
And let’s talk about tech. Pretty much every year for the past six years, we’ve heard there is nothing but jobs available for people that want to work in the tech industry.
Big name companies like Hootsuite have planted their headquarters here, world leaders like Microsoft have opened offices, and there’s a thriving VFX and gaming industry in Vancouver.
Camila Louzada, is the Manager of Talent programs at the BC Technology Industry Association, and says you might just do well if you opt for a career in coding.
“There seems to be a really big demand for professionals. More specifically, or I guess the biggest demand is on the development side, so software development. When you look at software developers and web developers, programmers, mobile developers, ect. It seems to be the biggest pain point for companies to hire.”
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One of the other big industries that is always a constant and consistently looking for new people is the construction industry.
Katherine Labelle is the Financial Manager of Columbus Construction and says whether you’re entry level or high skill, now is a good time to be looking for work.
“We are currently looking for carpenters, from beginner to labourers as well as lead hand foremen.”
A new thing we’re dealing with in 2016 is the influx of people moving back to B.C. Hundreds of job losses in the oil sector and a slump in oil prices in the prairies, are forcing people to look elsewhere for work.
So, are there jobs for people looking to learn new skills? Labelle says yes.
“There’s a lot of schooling available, as well as apprenticeship programs. We’re taking on apprentices right now just to kind of train people from entry level.”
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Finally, healthcare is always a big job market. If you’re based in the Lower Mainland, it’s even better, with the Fraser Health Authority being the biggest employer of health care workers in BC.
Another option would be to look into work in a growing sector of the industry, Health Care Assistants who work in hospitals or community settings under the guidance of qualified healthcare professionals. With B.C.’s aging population, we’re likely to see HCAs take on a bigger role in care homes and similar arrangements.
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