Job prospects Woodworking Machine Operator near Vancouver (BC)

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as "Woodworking machine operators" near Vancouver (BC) or Canada.

Current and future job prospects

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

Recent trends from the past 3 years

Labour shortage

Over the past few years (2019-2021), there was a labour shortage for Woodworking machine operators near Vancouver (BC). There were more job openings than workers available to fill them in this occupation.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Assessment Methodology

Job outlook over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be moderate for Woodworking machine operators (NOC 9437) in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

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

Here are some key facts about Woodworking machine operators in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region:

  • Approximately 400 people worked in this occupation in May 2016.
  • Woodworking machine operators mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Furniture and related product manufacturing (NAICS 337): 45%
    • Wood product manufacturing (NAICS 321): 28%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 9%
    • Miscellaneous manufacturing (NAICS 339): 6%

Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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