Job prospects Cook in British Columbia
National Occupational Classification update
We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "cook" was moved from the group Cooks (NOC 6322) to the group Cooks (NOC 63200).
Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "cook" in British Columbia or Canada.
Job opportunities in British Columbia
Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.
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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Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology
Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
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