Job prospects Laser Beam Machine-welder Operator near Vancouver (BC)

Explore current and future job prospects for Welders and related machine operators near Vancouver (BC). These trends also apply to people working as a laser beam machine-welder operator.

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.

Recent trends from the past 3 years

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was very poor over the past few years (2018-2020). There were far more workers available than job openings.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Assessment Methodology

Job outlook over the next 3 years

laser beam machine-welder operator
Prospects over the next 3 years
Fair Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Welders and related machine operators (NOC 7237) in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

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

The outlook for welders in the region is good. An aging workforce, new public transportation and infrastructure projects will help drive the need for skilled workers.

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

  • Approximately 4,940 people work in this occupation.
  • Welders and related machine operators mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other services (except public administration) (NAICS 81): 20%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 18%
    • Fabricated metal product manufacturing (NAICS 332): 17%
    • Transportation equipment manufacturing (NAICS 336): 10%
    • Machinery manufacturing (NAICS 333): 7%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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