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Are you a nurse currently looking for employment in the Lower Mainland? Or maybe you’re a student needing to line up a job for after you graduate? Sources suggest that now may be one of the best times to enter the nursing industry in Vancouver and across the province. According to BC Work Futures, the health care and social assistance industry currently have the second largest workforce in B.C. This workforce is expected to consistently grow in coming years due to growth in population, aging, etc, especially in the Lower Mainland and Northern B.C.
According to a report by Helmut Pastrick, chief economist for Central 1 Credit Union, “the Lower Mainland has accounted for most of the province’s economic growth since the 2008 recession . . . providing such things as transportation, professional services, goods and administration services” (Brian Morton, Vancouver Sun). Due to a rise in demand for commodities including coal, natural gas and copper, northern regions such as Prince George are also experiencing early signs of drastic economic growth. This prosperity in major cities across the province is fostering healthy working conditions for nurses in British Columbia.
Nurse jobs Vancouver are among many other health care sub-sectors in B.C. that are also experiencing job growth including Ambulatory Health Care Services, Hospitals, and Social Assistance. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, full-time employment generally increased in B.C. by 82,000 in March 2012, bringing the unemployment rate down by 0.2%.
Employment in health care and social assistance during this time accounted for 32,000, or 39.02% of all new jobs in British Columbia, contributing to a 2% increase in jobs compared to March 2011. This is the equivalent of 42,000 new jobs in one year for health care and social assistance professionals. Although all ages experienced a growth in employment, those demographics with the highest increases are residents 55 and over (up 5.8% from last year), and youth aged 15-24 (pushing unemployment rate down 0.8%).
All those searching for, or considering a career in B.C.’s health care industry should strongly consider nurse jobs Vancouver. With a healthy, growing economy, aging population, and frequent advances in medicine, there has never been a better time to take advantage of such a rewarding and team-oriented career. Nurses in B.C. can feel secure and stable in their field, as the health care industry is expected to grow for many years to come. So what are you waiting for? Take a look at some of the jobs available to you in some of the Lower Mainland’s most sought after communities.