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 that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.

Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

Source Labour Market Information | Recent Trends Methodology

Job prospects

laser beam machine-welder operator
Prospects over the next 3 years
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The employment outlook will be good for Welders and related machine operators (NOC 7237) in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Not many 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 Welders and related machine operators in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region:

  • Approximately 5,120 people work in this occupation.
  • Welders and related machine operators mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Fabricated metal product manufacturing (NAICS 332): 21%
    • Other services (except public administration) (NAICS 81): 19%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 17%
    • Transportation equipment manufacturing (NAICS 336): 11%
    • Machinery manufacturing (NAICS 333): 7%
  • Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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