Job prospects Machine Operator - Plastics Processing in British Columbia

Job opportunities for Plastics processing machine operators (NOC 9422) are fair in British Columbia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a machine operator - plastics processing.

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities in British Columbia

machine operator - plastics processing
Prospects over the next 3 years
Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Plastics processing machine operators (NOC 9422) in British Columbia for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several 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 the British Columbia region:

  • 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): 55%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 8%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 77% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 23% for all occupations
  • 65% of plastics processing machine operators work all year, while 35% work only part of the year, compared to 57% 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.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in British Columbia by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Cariboo Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Kootenay Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Lower Mainland–Southwest Region Good Good
    Nechako Region Undetermined Undetermined
    North Coast Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Northeast Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Thompson–Okanagan Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Vancouver Island and Coast Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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    Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Plastics processing machine operators (NOC 9422) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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