Job prospects Butcher Apprentice in British Columbia

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Job opportunities in British Columbia

Note: These outlooks were updated on November 29th, 2023. Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be limited for Butchers - retail and wholesale (NOC 63201) in British Columbia for the 2023-2025 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment decline will lead to the loss of some positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • Occupations in retail and wholesale trade continue to be in constant demand with high rates of turn over and some recruitment challenges. Overall employment however will be tied to consumer spending levels and the general health of the economy. Decreased consumer spending will be reflected in a lower demand for these occupations.

Here are some key facts about Butchers - retail and wholesale in British Columbia:

  • Approximately 1,000 people worked in this occupation in May 2021.
  • Butchers - retail and wholesale mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Food and beverage stores (NAICS 445): 82%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 13%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 84% compared to 78% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 16% compared to 22% for all occupations
  • 70% of butchers - retail and wholesale work all year, while 30% work only part of the year, compared to 61% and 39% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 44 weeks compared to 42 weeks for all occupations.
  • 11% of butchers - retail and wholesale are self-employed compared to an average of 17% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 84% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 16% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 21% compared to 8% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 45% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 15% compared to 13% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 11% compared to 17% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 6% compared to 22% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 12% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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