Job prospects Ironworker in British Columbia

Job opportunities for Ironworkers (NOC 7236) are good in British Columbia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as an ironworker.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in British Columbia

Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Ironworkers (NOC 7236) in British Columbia for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

B.C.'s construction industry employment is primarily in new housing construction. The remainder of construction is spread among engineering projects, renovations, industrial/commercial/institutional building, non-residential maintenance and residential maintenance.

Housing starts in B.C. are expected to decline between 2019-21, but good prospects are expected in the renovation and maintenance residential sectors.

Here are some key facts about Ironworkers in the British Columbia region:

  • Approximately 3,050 people work in this occupation.
  • Ironworkers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 69%
    • Fabricated metal product manufacturing (NAICS 332): 11%
    • Primary metal manufacturing (NAICS 331): 9%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 94% compared to 77% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 6% compared to 23% for all occupations
  • 42% of ironworkers work all year, while 58% 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 33 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of ironworkers are self-employed compared to an average of 14% for all occupations.

A number of major projects in B.C. will push employment in skilled construction trades.

  • Infrastructure projects include the Patullo Bridge replacement (Greater Vancouver) and the Kicking Horse Canyon highway project (Golden).
  • Transportation projects include the LNG Canada project (Kitimat) and the Coastal Gaslink LNG Pipeline (Dawson Creek to Kitimat).
  • Public Transit projects include the Millenium Line (Vancouver) and the Translink Surrey Light Rail Transit (LRT).
  • Utility projects include BC Hydro's Peace River Site C Dam and the Capital Region District Wastewater Management project.

This occupation is expected to be in demand.

Breakdown by region

Explore job prospects in British Columbia by economic region.

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

Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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