FIRST, let's look at the number of jobs in BC's various sectors:
These are 2010 British Columbia Employment stats.
Total employed, all industries = 2,256,500
MAIN DIVISION: Goods-producing sector = 442,700
- Agriculture = 31,800
- Forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas = 40,600
- Utilities = 14,000
- Construction = 190,500
- Manufacturing = 165,800
MAIN DIVISION: Services-producing sector = 1.813,800
- Trade = 370,100
- Transportation and warehousing = 118,600
- Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing = 141,800
- Professional, scientific and technical services = 174,300
- Business, building and other support services = 91,000
- Educational services = 167,300
- Health care and social assistance = 264,200
- Information, culture and recreation = 108,100
- Accommodation and food services = 162,300
- Other services = 104,700
- Public administration = 111,400
Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM Table 282-0012
Prepared by: BC Stats, February 2011
If you want that broken down into more specific categories, here is the link:
Note: Those working in the tourism industry are not shown per se. They fall under other categories.
SECONDLY, here's info on BC's economy from the dollars generated:
The economy is based on the province's great natural resources, primarily its vast forests, which cover 56 percent of its total area. Conifers from these forests are converted into lumber, newsprint, pulp and paper products, shingles and shakes - about half the total softwood inventory of Canada.
Tourism is the next most important economic sector. Each year, about 15 million people visit British Columbia. With over five million hectares of parkland, the Rocky Mountains remain the biggest attraction. Coastal B.C., with its beaches, hiking trails, artists' colonies, wildlife reserves, whale-sighting locales and other attractions, is not far behind. Of increasing attraction to visitors are the Queen Charlotte Islands, large parts of which have recently been set aside as parkland. The area contains untouched wilderness and unique species of flora. The abandoned Haida village of Ninstints is of such historical and cultural importance that it has been designated a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Mining is the province's third most important economic sector. Copper, gold and zinc are the leading metals extracted from B.C.; sulphur and asbestos are the leading industrial minerals. The most valuable resources, however, are coal, petroleum and natural gas.
Agriculture and fishing, especially salmon fishing, are two other key sectors of the economy of British Columbia, whose dairy cattle are among Canada's most productive. The valleys of the southern interior, principally the Okanagan Valley, are famous for cultivation of tree fruits and grapes and for their wine industry. The cooler, wetter climate of the lower Fraser Valley produces rich crops of berries and vegetables.
Manufacturing in B.C. is still largely resource-based, but is being gradually diversified by high-tech and computer-based industries related to telecommunications and the aerospace and sub-sea industries. British Columbia has the most balanced export market of all Canada's provinces, with the United States, Japan, the European Union and the Pacific Rim countries as its clientele.
There is also a very good economic history of BC here: