Overview of the Health Care Industry
Health care workers are in demand in British Columbia. The health care sector is one of the largest and fastest growing in BC, with over 210,000 people working in this industry.
Health-related occupations will grow at a faster rate than other jobs in the coming years, as BC’s growing and aging population require more health services. This industry has a low unemployment rate and is generally not affected by changes in the economy.
Healthcare and Social Assistance Jobs
Expected growth in employment
Source: WorkBC Industry Profiles
Females make up the majority of BC’s health care workforce. Wages for women in this industry are higher than in other industries.
Immigrants are seen as a key source of talent as health care organizations seek to meet their hiring needs. The industry has responded by creating a number of programs to attract new workers.
One such initiative is the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Program. This program helps you understand how to obtain credential recognition, education, and association membership in order to establish your health care career. It also provides assistance in overcoming language and cultural barriers in order to succeed in the Canadian workplace.
Health Match BC is a free health professional recruitment service funded by the Government of British Columbia. They recruit physicians, registered nurses and allied health professionals on behalf of BC’s publicly funded health employers.
The BC Provincial Nominee Program is for people with the skills, experience and qualifications needed by B.C. employers. This program is for individuals who would like to live and work in B.C. and become a permanent resident of Canada. You can apply to the PNP through the health care professional category if you are sponsored by or have a full-time job offer from a public health authority in targeted occupations.
For more information on the Health Care sector see:
Occupations in the Health Care Sector
The Ministry of Health has identified the following health professions as priorities:
Occupations in High Demand in BC:
- Physician – General/Family Practice & Specialists
- Registered Nurse
- Licensed Practical Nurse
- Nurse Practitioner
- Occupation Therapist
- Medical Laboratory Technologist
- Respiratory Therapist
- Health Care Assistant/Care Aide
Source: British Columbia 2024 Labour Market Outlook
The chart below shows additional high opportunity health care occupations in BC:
|NOC Code||Occupation||Job Openings
|3112||General & Family Physicians||2,850||University|
|3211||Medical Laboratory Technologists||1,790||College or Trade Certificate|
|3212||Medical Laboratory Technicians||2,060||College or Trade Certificate|
|3215||Medical Radiation Technologists||1,210||College or Trade Certificate|
|3222||Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists||1,460||College or Trade Certificate|
|3232||Midwives & Practitioners of Natural Healing||830||College or Trade Certificate|
|3233||Licensed Practical Nurses||4,030||College or Trade Certificate|
|3234||Amubulance Attendants & other Paramedical occupations||1,410||College or Trade Certificate|
|3411||Dental Assistants||2,260||High School Diploma and/or Occupation-Specific Training|
|3413||Nurse Aides, Orderlies & Patient Service Associates||16,620||High School Diploma and/or Occupation-Specific Training|
For detailed information on any of the occupations in the health care sector, including job description, educational requirements for working in BC, salary, and more, see:
- WorkBC Career Profiles [search by job title]
Hiring Forecast by Region
The demand for health care workers is strong in all regions of the province
The largest numbers of jobs in this industry are located in Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the Thompson-Okanagan regions.
BC is divided into 5 health regions. Information on health care in each region can be found at:
Online Job Postings
- Health Match BC
Free health professional recruitment service funded by the Government of British Columbia
- BC Health Authorities
Link to authorities’ websites and click on ‘Careers’
- BC Provincial Health Services Authority Careers
Creating a List of Potential Employers
You can use directories to produce lists of employers in the health care industry in British Columbia. Contact them directly to find out if they’re hiring.
- Directory of Canadian healthcare personnel
Available at the Central Library
- Guide to Canadian health care facilities
Available at the Central Library