Engineering and Geoscience Labour Market Study

In 2015, APEGBC partnered with the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia, the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia, and the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table to conduct a labour market study on the engineering and geoscience professions.

This Labour Market study produced detailed and validated information on anticipated future labour needs, trends, and gaps within the engineering and geoscience sectors, including a 10-year regional outlook for 31 occupations across five regions of BC. The project’s results indicate both a growing demand for and a limited supply of trained engineers, geoscientists, technologists and technicians over the next decade.

This study projects approximately 31,150 job openings in BC from 2014 - 2024 and that supply may lag demand by as much as 10% from 2014 - 2019.

Engineering/Geoscience Job Openings 

Job Openings
Job Openings
Total Job Openings
Lower Mainland 15,038 10,239 25,277
North 344 291 635
Southeast 1,427 1,013 2,440
Island Coast
1,568 1,216 2,784
BC Total 18,398 12,749 31,147
It is projected that by 2024, 52% of these openings will be filled by new graduates, 40% by new immigrants, 1% by inter-provincial mobility and 7% by inter-occupational mobility.  
New Entrants
Inter provincial & interregional
Lower Mainland 12,047 11,887 -1,278 2,046
North 569 -1 37 -3
Southeast 1,531 62 792 -16
Vancouver Island Coast 1,653 66 819 165
BC Total 15,812 12,059 393 2186
Analysis of three economic investment scenarios uncovers similar tight labour-market trends, with labour shortages anticipated in several key occupations in BC’s north and southeast regions, and some prolonged shortages in the north. Southeast and Northern BC are expected to experience the greatest labour tightness due to small populations and billions of dollars in anticipated resource projects.

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Labour Market Study Summaries

Regional Breakdown

Occupational Breakdown

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