Employment in electrical trades is forecast to grow at about the average for all occupations through to 2011. About 1261 new jobs and an additional 1472 replacement jobs will become available as workers retire.
This forecast reflects the historic relationship between population growth and construction activity and the generally good level of investment and housing activity.
Electrical systems installation and maintenance
Residential, commercial and industrial construction sites
Foreman, superintendent, estimator or electrical inspector
Self-employed contracting business
Supervisory and management positions
Construction is the major industry employing workers in this occupational group. The construction industry is expected to grow at the rate of 1.6% per year between 2001 and 2011, which is slightly higher than the provincial average for all industries. Industry sources expect higher than average levels of residential construction and thus expect higher employment growth over the short term.
Prospective students are advised that, due to the small size of the West Kootenay economy, only a very low percentage of Selkirk Electrical Entry graduates find apprenticeships locally. The majority find employment outside the Kootenays in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, Northeast BC, and Alberta. Employment success is greatly enhanced if graduates are willing to relocate.