For students considering career options, pay might be one of the most important deciding factors. We used WorkBC's 2024 Labour Market Outlook to calculate the potential 40-hour weekly wage for six in-demand jobs. With this knowledge, and other information available on WorkBC's Blueprint Builder, you can better determine your career path and find your fit. Eligible students may also get educational or training funding through the B.C. Access Grant for Labour Market Priorities, so don't forget to look into funding opportunities!
Carpentry requires an apprenticeship and some classroom study, but there is a wide range of jobs out there for those who have a carpentry ticket. If you like woodworking and construction, carpentry might be a great fit for you. Even better is the wage, as carpenters earn a median wage of $880 to $920 a week.
If you've got your sights set on a supervisory role, construction management might be what you're looking for. Construction managers oversee activities on a variety of projects, from home renovations to large-scale construction. To become a construction manager, you'll need experience on construction job sites, but while you're getting the necessary experience, you'll also be getting paid to work. The median wage works out to about $1,560 a week.
To write programs in computer language and create software programs, you'll likely need a diploma, degree or a great deal of related experience. But all that studying will be worth it when you're making a median weekly wage of $1,350.
Social and Community Service Worker
Social and community service workers administer and implement social assistance programs for people in their communities. To get started in the industry, you'll need either a college or university education and you'll have to enjoy working with people. The median weekly wage is $1,240.
Accounting Technician and Bookkeeper
Like working with numbers? Consider a career as an accounting technician or bookkeeper. Accounting technicians take on tasks related to the accounting, financial and taxation requirements of their employer or clients. These can include administering payroll, controlling expenditures and auditing accounts. The typical median weekly wage for an accounting technician is $760.
Now that you know the median weekly wages for some of the fastest growing careers in British Columbia, you can head over to WorkBC's Blueprint Builder to chart your path to career success. Take a look at the B.C. Access Grant for Labour Market Priorities to see if you might be eligible for funding for your educational program or career training.