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 that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the 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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