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British Columbia Occupations List 2018

British Columbia Occupations List 2018 is a list of the top jobs in demand in Canada. Applicants can check if their job profile is present in the in demand jobs in Canada in the next five years. The visa processing for immigration speeds up if the candidate has work experience in the most in demand jobs in Canada.

Candidates with offers in eligible job positions for Canada immigration under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC-PNP). For eligibility under this the candidates need to find British Columbia employers who sponsor international skilled workers for Canadian permanent residence. Sponsored applicants must be working in an eligible Occupation mentioned in the BC pnp occupation list. And they will also get additional points on the BC PNP points calculator for having existing work experience in their intended occupation.

Here is the British Columbia Occupations List 2018 with eligible occupations in tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, and food processing. Please see the National Occupational Classification for a description of the main duties and employment requirements for each occupation


NOC Code Occupations
0012 Senior Government Managers and Officials
 0013 Senior Managers – Financial, Communications and Other Business Services
 0014 Senior Managers – Health, Education, Social and Community Services and Membership Organizations
 0015 Senior Managers – Trade, Broadcasting and Other Services
 0016 Senior Managers – Goods Production, Utilities, Transportation and Construction
Middle and Other Management Occupations
Administrative Services Managers
 0111 Financial Managers
 0112 Human Resources Managers
 0113 Purchasing Managers
 0114 Other Administrative Services Managers
Managers in Financial and Business Services 
 0121 Insurance, Real Estate and Financial Brokerage Managers
 0122 Banking, Credit and Other Investment Managers
 0123 Other Business Services Managers
Managers in Communication (Except Broadcasting) 
0131 Telecommunication Carriers Managers
 0132 Postal and Courier Services Managers
Managers in Engineering, Architecture, Science and Information Systems 
 0211 Engineering Managers
 0212 Architecture and Science Managers
 0213 Computer and Information Systems Managers
Managers in Health, Education, Social and Community Services 
 0311 Managers in Health Care
 0312 Administrators – Post-Secondary Education and Vocational Training
 0313 School Principals and Administrators of Elementary and Secondary Education
 0314 Managers in Social, Community and Correctional Services
Managers in Public Administration 
 0411 Government Managers – Health and Social Policy Development and Program Administration
 0412 Government Managers – Economic Analysis, Policy Development and Program Administration
 0413 Government Managers – Education Policy Development and Program Administration
 0414 Other Managers in Public Administration
Managers in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport 
 0511 Library, Archive, Museum and Art Gallery Managers
 0512 Managers – Publishing, Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and Performing Arts
 0513 Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors
Sales, Marketing and Advertising Managers 
 0611 Sales, Marketing and Advertising Managers
Managers in Retail Trade 
 0621 Retail Trade Managers
Managers in Food Service and Accommodation
 0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers
 0632 Accommodation Service Managers
Managers in Protective Service 
 0641 Commissioned Police Officers
 0642 Fire Chiefs and Senior Firefighting Officers
Managers in Other Services 
 0651 Other Services Managers
Managers in Construction and Transportation 
 0711 Construction Managers
 0712 Residential Home Builders and Renovators
 0713 Transportation Managers
Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers 
 0721 Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers
Managers in Primary Production (Except Agriculture) 
 0811 Primary Production Managers (Except Agriculture)
Managers in Manufacturing and Utilities 
 0911 Manufacturing Managers
 0912 Utilities Managers
Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations 
Professional Occupations in Natural and Applied Sciences
Physical Science Professionals
2111 Physicists and Astronomers
2112 Chemists
2113 Geologists, Geochemists and Geophysicists
2114 Meteorologists
2115 Other Professional Occupations in Physical Sciences
Life Science Professionals 
2121 Biologists and Related Scientists
2122 Forestry Professionals
2123 Agricultural Representatives, Consultants and Specialists
2131 Civil Engineers
2132 Mechanical Engineers
2133 Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2134 Chemical Engineers
Other Engineers 
2141 Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
2142 Metallurgical and Materials Engineers
2143 Mining Engineers
2144 Geological Engineers
2145 Petroleum Engineers
2146 Aerospace Engineers
2147 Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)
2148 Other Professional Engineers
Architects, Urban Planners and Land Surveyors 
2151 Architects
2152 Landscape Architects
2153 Urban and Land Use Planners
2154 Land Surveyors
Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries 
2161 Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries
Computer and Information Systems Professionals 
2171 Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
2172 Database Analysts and Data Administrators
2173 Software Engineers and Designers
2174 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
2175 Web Designers and Developers
Technical Occupations Related to Natural and Applied Sciences 
Technical Occupations in Physical Sciences
2211 Chemical Technologists and Technicians
2212 Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians
2213 Meteorological Technicians
Technical Occupations in Life Sciences 
2221 Biological Technologists and Technicians
2222 Agricultural and Fish Products Inspectors
2223 Forestry Technologists and Technicians
2224 Conservation and Fishery Officers
2225 Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists
Technical Occupations in Civil, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 
2231 Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2232 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2233 Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians
2234 Construction Estimators
Technical Occupations in Electronics and Electrical Engineering
2241 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2242 Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment)
2243 Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics
2244 Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and Inspectors
Technical Occupations in Architecture, Drafting, Surveying and Mapping 
2251 Architectural Technologists and Technicians
2252 Industrial Designers
2253 Drafting Technologists and Technicians
2254 Land Survey Technologists and Technicians
2255 Mapping and Related Technologists and Technicians
Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers 
2261 Non-Destructive Testers and Inspectors
2262 Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory Officers
2263 Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety
2264 Construction Inspectors
Transportation Officers and Controllers 
2271 Air Pilots, Flight Engineers and Flying Instructors
2272 Air Traffic Control and Related Occupations
2273 Deck Officers, Water Transport
2274 Engineer Officers, Water Transport
2275 Railway Traffic Controllers and Marine Traffic Regulators
Technical Occupations in Computer and Information Systems 
2281 Computer Network Technicians
2282 User Support Technicians
2283 Systems Testing Technicians
Health Occupations 
Professional Occupations in Health
Physicians, Dentists and Veterinarians
3111 Specialist Physicians
3112 General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3113 Dentists
3114 Veterinarians
Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals 
3121 Optometrists
3122 Chiropractors
3123 Other Professional Occupations in Health Diagnosing and Treating
Pharmacists, Dietitians and Nutritionists 
3131 Pharmacists
3132 Dietitians and Nutritionists
Therapy and Assessment Professionals 
3141 Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
3142 Physiotherapists
3143 Occupational Therapists
3144 Other Professional Occupations in Therapy and Assessment
Nurse Supervisors and Registered Nurses 
3151 Head Nurses and Supervisors
3152 Registered Nurses
Technical and Skilled Occupations in Health 
Medical Technologists and Technicians (Except Dental Health)
3211 Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists’ Assistants
3212 Medical Laboratory Technicians
3213 Veterinary and Animal Health Technologists and Technicians
3214 Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
3216 Medical Sonographers
3217 Cardiology Technologists
3218 Electroencephalographic and Other Diagnostic Technologists
3219 Other Medical Technologists and Technicians (Except Dental Health)
Technical Occupations in Dental Health Care 
3221 Denturists
3222 Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists
3223 Dental Technologists, Technicians and Laboratory Bench Workers
323 Other Technical Occupations in Health Care (Except Dental) 
3231 Opticians
3232 Midwives and Practitioners of Natural Healing
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
3234 Ambulance Attendants and Other Paramedical Occupations
3235 Other Technical Occupations in Therapy and Assessment
Occupations in Social Science, Education and Government Service
Professional Occupations in Social Science, Education, and Government Services 
4112 Lawyers
University Professors and Assistants 
4121 University Professors
4122 Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants
College and Other Vocational Instructors 
4131 College and Other Vocational Instructors
Secondary and Elementary School Teachers and Educational Counsellors 
4141 Secondary School Teachers
4142 Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers
4143 Educational Counsellors
Psychologists, Social Workers, Counsellors, Clergy and Probation Officers 
4151 Psychologists
4152 Social Workers
4153 Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors
4155 Probation and Parole Officers and Related Occupations
Policy and Program Officers, Researchers and Consultants 
4161 Natural and Applied Science Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4162 Economists and Economic Policy Researchers and Analysts
4163 Business Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Consultants
4164 Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4165 Health Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4166 Education Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers
4167 Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program Supervisors and Consultants
4168 Program Officers Unique to Government
4169 Other Professional Occupations in Social Science
Paraprofessional Occupations in Law, Social Services, and Education 
Paralegals, Social Services Workers and Occupations in Education
4211 Paralegal and Related Occupations
4212 Community and Social Service Workers
4213 Employment Counsellors
4214 Early Childhood Educators and Assistants
4215 Instructors and Teachers of Persons with Disabilities
4216 Other Instructors
Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport
Professional Occupations in Art and Culture
Librarians, Archivists, Conservators and Curators 
5111 Librarians
5112 Conservators and Curators
5113 Archivists
Writing, Translating and Public Relations Professionals 
5121 Authors and Writers
5122 Editors
5123 Journalists
5124 Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
5125 Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters
Creative and Performing Artists 
5131 Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
5132 Conductors, Composers and Arrangers
5133 Musicians and Singers
5134 Dancers
5135 Actors and Comedians
5136 Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists
Technical and Skilled Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport
Technical Occupations in Libraries, Archives, Museums and Art Galleries 
5211 Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants
5212 Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
Photographers, Graphic Arts Technicians and Technical and Co-ordinating 
Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
5221 Photographers
5222 Film and Video Camera Operators
5223 Graphic Arts Technicians
5224 Broadcast Technicians
5225 Audio and Video Recording Technicians
5226 Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures,
  Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
5227 Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
Announcers and Other Performers 
5231 Announcers and Other Broadcasters
5232 Other Performers
Creative Designers and Craftspersons 
5241 Graphic Designers and Illustrators
5242 Interior Designers
5243 Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
5244 Artisans and Craftspersons
5245 Patternmakers – Textile, Leather and Fur Products
Athletes, Coaches, Referees and Related Occupations 
5251 Athletes
5252 Coaches
5253 Sports Officials and Referees
5254 Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness
Sales and Service Occupations 
Skilled Sales and Service Occupations
Sales and Service Supervisors
6211 Retail Trade Supervisors
6212 Food Service Supervisors
6213 Executive Housekeepers
6214 Dry Cleaning and Laundry Supervisors
6215 Cleaning Supervisors
6216 Other Service Supervisors
Technical Sales Specialists, Wholesale Trade 
6221 Technical Sales Specialists – Wholesale Trade
Insurance and Real Estate Sales Occupations and Buyers 
6231 Insurance Agents and Brokers
6232 Real Estate Agents and Salespersons
6233 Retail and Wholesale Buyers
6234 Grain Elevator Operators
Chefs and Cooks 
6241 Chefs
6242 Cooks
Butchers and Bakers 
6251 Butchers, Meat Cutters and Fishmongers – Retail and Wholesale
6252 Bakers
Police Officers and Firefighters 
6261 Police Officers (Except Commissioned)
6262 Firefighters
Technical Occupations in Personal Service 
6271 Hairstylists and Barbers
6272 Funeral Directors and Embalmers
Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Related Occupations
Trades and Skilled Transport and Equipment Operators
Supervisors, Trades and Related Workers
7211 Supervisors, Machinists and Related Occupations
7212 Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications Occupations
7213 Supervisors, Pipefitting Trades
7214 Supervisors, Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades
7215 Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7216 Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
7217 Supervisors, Heavy Construction Equipment Crews
7218 Supervisors, Printing and Related Occupations
7219 Supervisors, Other Construction Trades, Installers, Repairers and Servicers
Supervisors, Railway and Motor Transportation Occupations 
7221 Supervisors, Railway Transport Operations
7222 Supervisors, Motor Transport and Other Ground Transit Operators
Machinists and Related Occupations 
7231 Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors
7232 Tool and Die Makers
Electrical Trades and Telecommunication Occupations 
7241 Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System)
7242 Industrial Electricians
7243 Power System Electricians
7244 Electrical Power Line and Cable Workers
7245 Telecommunications Line and Cable Workers
7246 Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers
7247 Cable Television Service and Maintenance Technicians
Plumbers, Pipefitters and Gas Fitters 
7251 Plumbers
7252 Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System Installers
7253 Gas Fitters
Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades 
7261 Sheet Metal Workers
7262 Boilermakers
7263 Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters
7264 Ironworkers
7265 Welders and Related Machine Operators
7266 Blacksmiths and Die Setters
Carpenters and Cabinetmakers 
7271 Carpenters
7272 Cabinetmakers
Masonry and Plastering Trades 
7281 Bricklayers
7282 Concrete Finishers
7283 Tilesetters
7284 Plasterers, Drywall Installers and Finishers and Lathers
Other Construction Trades 
7291 Roofers and Shinglers
7292 Glaziers
7293 Insulators
7294 Painters and Decorators
7295 Floor Covering Installers
Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle) 
7311 Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile)
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7313 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics
7314 Railway Carmen/women
7315 Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Inspectors
7316 Machine Fitters
7317 Textile Machinery Mechanics and Repairers
7318 Elevator Constructors and Mechanics
Automotive Service Technicians 
7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical
7322 Motor Vehicle Body Repairers
Other Mechanics 
7331 Oil and Solid Fuel Heating Mechanics
7332 Electric Appliance Servicers and Repairers
7333 Electrical Mechanics
7334 Motorcycle and Other Related Mechanics
7335 Other Small Engine and Equipment Mechanics
Upholsterers, Tailors, Shoe Repairers, Jewellers and Related Occupations 
7341 Upholsterers
7342 Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners
7343 Shoe Repairers and Shoemakers
7344 Jewellers, Watch Repairers and Related Occupations
Stationary Engineers and Power Station and System Operators 
7351 Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators
7352 Power Systems and Power Station Operators
Train Crew Operating Occupations 
7361 Railway and Yard Locomotive Engineers
7362 Railway Conductors and Brakemen/women
Crane Operators, Drillers and Blasters 
7372 Drillers and Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction
7373 Water Well Drillers
Printing Press Operators, Commercial Divers and Other Trades and Related 
7381 Printing Press Operators
7382 Commercial Divers
7383 Other Trades and Related Occupations
Occupations Unique to Primary Industry 
Skilled Occupations in Primary Industry
Supervisors, Logging and Forestry
8211 Supervisors, Logging and Forestry
Supervisors, Mining, Oil and Gas 
8221 Supervisors, Mining and Quarrying
8222 Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service
Underground Miners, Oil and Gas Drillers and Related Workers 
8231 Underground Production and Development Miners
8232 Oil and Gas Well Drillers, Servicers, Testers and Related Workers
Logging Machinery Operators 
8241 Logging Machinery Operators
Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture 
8251 Farmers and Farm Managers
8252 Agricultural and Related Service Managers
8253 Farm Supervisors and Specialized Livestock Workers
8254 Nursery and Greenhouse Operators and Managers
8255 Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Managers
8256 Supervisors, Landscape and Horticulture
8257 Aquaculture Operators and Managers
Fishing Vessel Masters and Skippers and Fishermen/women 
8261 Fishing Masters and Officers
8262 Fishing Vessel Skippers and Fishermen/women
Occupations Unique to Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities
Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Supervisors and Skilled Operators
Supervisors, Processing Occupations
9211 Supervisors, Mineral and Metal Processing
9212 Supervisors, Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Processing and Utilities
9213 Supervisors, Food, Beverage and Tobacco Processing
9214 Supervisors, Plastic and Rubber Products Manufacturing
9215 Supervisors, Forest Products Processing
9216 Supervisors, Textile Processing
Supervisors, Assembly and Fabrication 
9221 Supervisors, Motor Vehicle Assembling
9222 Supervisors, Electronics Manufacturing
9223 Supervisors, Electrical Products Manufacturing
9224 Supervisors, Furniture and Fixtures Manufacturing
9225 Supervisors, Fabric, Fur and Leather Products Manufacturing
9226 Supervisors, Other Mechanical and Metal Products Manufacturing
9227 Supervisors, Other Products Manufacturing and Assembly
Central Control and Process Operators in Manufacturing and Processing 
9231 Central Control and Process Operators, Mineral and Metal Processing
9232 Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Process Operators
9233 Pulping Control Operators
9234 Papermaking and Coating Control Operators

Skilled Worker Category

This category is open to workers with post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a skilled occupation.

Minimum Requirements

To be eligible under the Skilled Worker Category, in addition to meeting the general requirements, applicants must:

  • Have at least two years of full-time (or full-time equivalent) work experience in the skilled occupation offered to them, and the credentials and qualification requirements of the position, if applicable;
  • Have received an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from an eligible B.C. employer;
  • Be in an occupation classified as NOC level 0, A, or B;
  • For occupations classified as NOC level B, applicants must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency in English or French by submitting language test results showing a minimum score of benchmark 4 under the Canadian Language Benchmark 2000 (CLB) in all competencies.
  • For occupations classified as NOC level 0 or A, no language test results are necessary – the BC PNP, however, may require valid language test results at its discretion.
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet minimum income requirements and pay for housing and living expenses in British Columbia by showing:
  • Annual wage in the province;
  • Location of residence in the province;
  • The number of dependents.

Related Links:

Express Entry

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal Skilled Trades Program

Canadian Experience Class

Provincial Nominee Programs

Canada Express Entry Draw 

Find your NOC under Canada Express Entry Occupation List

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

Canada Immigration

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