Job prospects Carpenter in British Columbia

Job opportunities for Carpenters (NOC 7271) are fair in British Columbia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a carpenter.

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.

Job opportunities in British Columbia

carpenter
Prospects over the next 3 years
Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Carpenters (NOC 7271) in British Columbia 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.

Future demand for workers will depend on growth in the construction industry, as most carpenters work in this area. Residential construction rises across the decade, driven by new-home construction until 2024, as a result of higher than average household savings, lower than average mortgage rates and a recovery in immigration levels. Residential construction slows in the long term in line with population growth, with more steady increases in renovation and maintenance activity.

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

  • Approximately 22,350 people work in this occupation.
  • Carpenters mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 86%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 90% compared to 77% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 10% compared to 23% for all occupations
  • 48% of carpenters work all year, while 52% 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 32 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • 29% of carpenters are self-employed compared to an average of 14% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Carpenters (NOC 7271) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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