Job prospects Cook in British Columbia
Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "cook" in British Columbia or Canada.
Job opportunities in British Columbia
Note: These outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Learn more about our methodology.
Prospects over the next 3 years
The employment outlook will be good for Cooks (NOC 6322) in British Columbia for the 2022-2024 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
- Several positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
- High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.
- Strong growth in food services is supported by the removal of pandemic-related restrictions.
- Demand for workers is expected to exceed supply in the near term.
Here are some key facts about Cooks in British Columbia:
- Approximately 25,200 people work in this occupation.
- Cooks mainly work in the following sectors:
- Food services and drinking places (NAICS 722): 74%
- Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 6%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 68% compared to 77% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 32% compared to 23% for all occupations
- 46% of cooks work all year, while 54% work only part of the year, compared to 56% and 43% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 31 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
- less than 5% of cooks are self-employed compared to an average of 14% for all occupations.
- The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
- Men: 59% compared to 52% for all occupations
- Women: 41% compared to 48% for all occupations
- The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
- no high school diploma: 23% compared to 10% for all occupations
- high school diploma or equivalent: 42% compared to 28% for all occupations
- apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 11% compared to 9% for all occupations
- college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 16% compared to 23% for all occupations
- bachelor's degree: 7% compared to 19% for all occupations
- university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
Breakdown by region
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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
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