Job prospects Machine Operator - Plastics Processing in British Columbia

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "machine operator - plastics processing" in British Columbia or Canada.

Job opportunities in British Columbia

Note: These outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be moderate for Plastics processing machine operators (NOC 9422) in British Columbia for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Plastics processing machine operators in British Columbia:

  • Approximately 900 people worked in this occupation in May 2016.
  • Plastics processing machine operators mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Plastics and rubber products manufacturing (NAICS 326): 48%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 7%
    • Miscellaneous manufacturing (NAICS 339): 7%
  • 65% of plastics processing machine operators work all year, while 35% work only part of the year, compared to 56% and 43% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 39 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • less than 5% of plastics processing machine operators are self-employed compared to an average of 14% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 84% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 16% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 28% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 38% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 7% compared to 9% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 14% compared to 23% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 10% compared to 19% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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