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Emerging Occupations

Business Continuity Planner

Business continuity planners prepare organizations to respond to significant business disruptions such as extended power outages, computer system failures, leaked client information, epidemics and natural disasters.

This is an emerging occupation. It may have evolved from an existing occupation or emerged in response to consumer needs or technological advances.

  • Avg. Salary N/A
  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 15,100
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Business Continuity Analyst, Business Continuity Consultant

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used.

This occupation has not yet received an official NOC code. However, it is considered similar to the following historical NOC codes. CAUTION—As this occupation is only similar to these NOC codes, related details and labour market information may not be accurate:

  • 2006 NOC: Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management (1122) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management (B022) 
  • 2011 NOC: Professional occupations in business management consulting (1122) 
  • 2016 NOC: Professional occupations in business management consulting (1122) 
Skills Shortage*

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

*This data is for a NOC group that is similar to the Business Continuity Planner occupation
Average Wage*
*This data is for a NOC group that is similar to the Business Continuity Planner occupation
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Updated May 17, 2021

Business continuity planners assess risks to the ongoing operation of businesses and make plans to eliminate, reduce, transfer or accept those risks. For example, businesses that handle personal financial transactions online may be susceptible to computer hackers. Business continuity planners recommend ways to reduce company risks and provide step-by-step instructions that assist employees to return operations back to normal as efficiently as possible should a risk become reality.

Larger organizations may need business continuity plans for several types of risks.

In general, business continuity planners:

  • Assess an organization’s risk of disruption from unplanned or planned events
  • Coordinate input from leaders and business areas throughout the organization to identify critical business functions and processes, and the impact disruption may have
  • Develop relationships with information technology and other departments that provide services to the business areas
  • Research and understand current best practices from subject matter experts on ways to counteract or minimize disruptions to at-risk business functions
  • Recommend risk management and business recovery strategies, and prioritize options
  • Identify the organization’s emergency response and ongoing operational plan for critical business areas (for example, reducing services or providing services at alternate locations)
  • Review emergency plans (for example, ordering building evacuations, identifying emergency command centres)
  • Create inventory lists of primary equipment, systems and resources
  • Identify potential vendors and key contacts for emergency repairs and supplies
  • Design and facilitate emergency response and continuity training exercises
  • Arrange for testing and staff training of the response plan, to ensure it will perform as intended
  • Evaluate and revise continuity plans based on exercise results and ongoing developments
  • Develop presentations, awareness programs and training manuals

In times of crisis, business continuity planners:

  • Lead the implementation of business continuity plans
  • Set up off-site command and recovery centres, if necessary
  • Coordinate recovery efforts
  • Act as a liaison and coordinator with public authorities, emergency workers, external agencies and members of the media
  • Utilize designated crisis communication protocols for effective flow of information
  • Assist with recovery and return-to-normal procedures after the incident is over
Working Conditions
Updated May 17, 2021

Business continuity planners work in offices. They may also work off site through the use of mobile technology. When coordinating responses to business disruptions they may work a considerable amount of overtime, including evenings and weekends, in locations that are offsite or related to the disruption.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated May 17, 2021

Business continuity planners need:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Organizational, problem-solving and leadership skills
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Effective decision-making skills in times of crisis
  • The ability to handle multiple tasks with competing priorities
  • The ability to work as part of a team

They should enjoy:

  • Analyzing organizational methods
  • Conducting research
  • Taking charge of situations
  • Providing critical assessments and constructive advice

They should feel comfortable presenting findings and recommendations to decision makers and responding to criticism.

Educational Requirements
Updated May 17, 2021

Most emerging occupations develop from more than one occupation, so business continuity planners may come from a variety of educational and training backgrounds. Prior to enrolling in an educational program, prospective students should contact associations and employers in this field to investigate educational options and employment possibilities.

Employers generally prefer to hire applicants who have several years of related experience in addition to a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance or information technology and certification in business continuity planning. Project management skills are a definite asset.

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated May 17, 2021

Voluntary certification is available from Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) Canada. They offer 4 levels of certification for business continuity professionals

Also, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) offers several progressive grades of certified membership that lead to internationally recognized credentials in business continuity.

Employment & Advancement
Updated May 17, 2021

Emerging occupations typically result from:

  • An increased human need (for example, uninterrupted service provision)
  • Technological advances
  • Greater specialization within an occupation

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, it can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook. Some Albertans already are working in this emerging occupation but future demand for business continuity planners is unknown.

Business continuity planners may be self-employed or employed by:

  • Government departments
  • Large organizations
  • Management consulting firms

Business continuity planners are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1122: Professional occupations in business management consulting. In Alberta, 75% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 1122: Professional occupations in business management consulting occupational group is expected to have an average annual growth of 1.9% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 308 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Wage & Salary
Updated May 17, 2021

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, no current salary data is available for this occupation.

*The business continuity planner is similar to this NOC group
Professional occupations in business management consulting

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $23.08 $62.50 $39.61 $38.46
Overall $27.64 $77.18 $47.85 $45.92
Top $31.20 $109.13 $56.44 $51.49

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Wholesale Trade
Public Administration
Health Care & Social Assistance
Educational Services
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Computer and Information Technology
Other Sources of Information
Updated May 17, 2021

Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Canada website:

Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) Canada website:

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Updated May 17, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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