NOC Canada 2022 List: Find Your Occupation In-Demand List

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is a system developed by the Canadian government to provide a structure for the analysis and assessment of occupation in Canada. 

NOC Canada list categorizes all occupations in the Canadian labour market and is used by Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to evaluate a candidate’s work experience.  

Immigration programs use the NOC to determine if a job or type of work experience meets their eligibility. 

In this article, we will explore the different skill levels and skill types of NOC Canada and the occupation in-demand list.

Skill Levels And Skill Types Of NOC Canada

NOC classifies different skill levels based on the type of occupation and the extent and type of education. 

NOC Skill Levels

Skill Level O: 

This category is for management-related professions like;

1. Human Resource Managers

2. Mechanical Engineers

3. Electrical Engineers

4. Construction Managers

5. Marketing Managers

6. IT and Software Managers

7. Shore captains

8. Mine managers

Skill Level A: 

This job category is occupations that require at least a university degree. Examples include;

1. Doctors

2. Engineers 

3. Scientists 

4. Professors

5. Architects

6. Dentists

Skill Level B: 

This job category is for skilled trade workers or tech-related occupations that require apprentice training or a college diploma. Some examples are;

1. Electricians

2. Carpenters

3. Mechanics

4. Plumbers

5. Chefs

Skill Level C:

This category is for intermediate professionals with high school qualifications. They include

1. Restaurant servers

2. Construction workers

3. Long-haul truck drivers

4. Industrial butchers 

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Skill Level D:

This job category is for labor-related professions that require only training. Some of them include;

1. Cleaning staff

2. Fruit pickers 

3. Oil field workers

Skill Types 

Jobs in the occupation in-demand list are classified generally into 9 skill types. The first digit or number in a NOC shows the industry of the profession.

Skill TypeJob Opportunity
Skill type 0Management occupation
Skill type 1Business, finance, and administration occupations
Skill type 2Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
Skill type 3Health occupations.
Skill type 4Occupation in education, law, and social, community, and government services
Skill type 5Occupation in art, culture, and relation in sports
Skill type 6Sales and service occupations
Skill type 7Trades, transports, and equipment operators and related occupations
Skill type 8Natural resources, agriculture, and related production occupations
Skill type 9Occupation and manufacturing in utilities.


Canada Occupation In-Demand List 

The following is the occupation in-demand list of NOC Canada:

Serial NumberNOCJob Title
20012Senior government managers and officials
30013Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
40014Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
50015Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
60016Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
70111Financial managers
80112Human resources managers
9013Purchasing managers
100114Other administrative services managers
110121Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
120122Banking, credit and other investment managers
130124Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
140125Other business services managers
150131Telecommunication carriers managers
160132Postal and courier services managers
170211Engineering managers
180212Architecture and science managers
190213Computer and information systems managers
200311Managers in health care
210411Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration
220412Government managers – economic analysis, policy development and program administration
230413Government managers – education policy development and program administration
240414Other managers in public administration
250421Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
260422School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
270423Managers in social, community and correctional services
280431Commissioned police officers
290432Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
300433Commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces
310511Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
320512Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
330513Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
340601Corporate sales managers
350621Retail and wholesale trade managers
360631Restaurant and food service managers
370632Accommodation service managers
380651Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
390711Construction managers
400712Home building and renovation managers
410714Facility operation and maintenance managers
420731Managers in transportation
430811Managers in natural resources production and fishing
440821Managers in agriculture
450822Managers in horticulture
460823Managers in aquaculture
470911Manufacturing managers
480912Utilities managers
491111Financial auditors and accountants
501112Financial and investment analysts
511113Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
521114Other financial officers
531121Human resources professionals
541122Professional occupations in business management consulting
551123Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
561211Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
571212Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
581213Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers
591214Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
601215Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
611221Administrative officers
621222Executive assistants
631223Human resources and recruitment officers
641224Property administrators
651225Purchasing agents and officers
661226Conference and event planners
671227Court officers and justices of the peace
681228Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers
691241Administrative assistants
701242Legal administrative assistants
711243Medical administrative assistants
721251Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations
731252Health information management occupations
741253Records management technicians
751254Statistical officers and related research support occupations
761311Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
771312Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
781313Insurance underwriters
791314Assessors, valuators and appraisers
801315Customs, ship and other brokers
812111Physicists and astronomers
832113Geoscientists and oceanographers
842114Meteorologists and climatologists
852115Other professional occupations in physical sciences
862121Biologists and related scientists
872122Forestry professionals
882123Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
892131Civil engineers
902132Mechanical engineers
912133Electrical and electronics engineers
922134Chemical engineers
932141Industrial and manufacturing engineers
942142Metallurgical and materials engineers
952143Mining engineers
962144Geological engineers
972145Petroleum engineers
982146Aerospace engineers
992147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
1002148Other professional engineers, n.e.c.
1022152Landscape architects
1032153Urban and land use planners
1042154Land surveyors
1052161Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
1062171Information systems analysts and consultants
1072172Database analysts and data administrators
1082173Software engineers and designers
1092174Computer programmers and interactive media developers
1102175Web designers and developers
1112211Chemical technologists and technicians
1122212Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
1132221Biological technologists and technicians
1142222Agricultural and fish products inspectors
1152223Forestry technologists and technicians
1162224Conservation and fishery officers
1172225Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
1182231Civil engineering technologists and technicians
1192232Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
1202233Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
1212234Construction estimators
1222241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
1232242Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
1242243Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
1252244Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
1262251Architectural technologists and technicians
1272252Industrial designers
1282253Drafting technologists and technicians
1292254Land survey technologists and technicians
1302255Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
1312261Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
1322262Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
1332263Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
1342264Construction inspectors
1352271Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
1362272Air traffic controllers and related occupations
1372273Deck officers, water transport
1382274Engineer officers, water transport
1392275Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
1402281Computer network technicians
1412282User support technicians
1422283Information systems testing technicians
1433011Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
1443012Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
1453111Specialist physicians
1463112General practitioners and family physicians
1513124Allied primary health practitioners
1523125Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
1543132Dietitians and nutritionists
1553141Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
1573143Occupational therapists
1583144Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
1593211Medical laboratory technologists
1603212Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
1613213Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
1623214Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
1633215Medical radiation technologists
1643216Medical sonographers
1653217Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
1663219Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
1683222Dental hygienists and dental therapists
1693223Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
1713232Practitioners of natural healing
1723233Licensed practical nurses
1733234Paramedical occupations
1743236Massage therapists
1753237Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
1764011University professors and lecturers
1774012Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
1784021College and other vocational instructors
1794031Secondary school teachers
1804032Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
1814033Educational counsellors
1834112Lawyers and Quebec notaries
1854152Social workers
1864153Family, marriage and other related counsellors
1874154Professional occupations in religion
1884155Probation and parole officers and related occupations
1894156Employment counsellors
1904161Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
1914162Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
1924163Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
1934164Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
1944165Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
1954166Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
1964167Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
1974168Program officers unique to government
1984169Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.
1994211Paralegal and related occupations
2004212Social and community service workers
2014214Early childhood educators and assistants
2024215Instructors of persons with disabilities
2034216Other instructors
2044217Other religious occupations
2054311Police officers (except commissioned)
2074313Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces
2095112Conservators and curators
2115121Authors and writers
2145125Translators, terminologists and interpreters
2155131Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
2165132Conductors, composers and arrangers
2175133Musicians and singers
2195135Actors and comedians
2205136Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
2215211Library and public archive technicians
2225212Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
2245222Film and video camera operators
2255223Graphic arts technicians
2265224Broadcast technicians
2275225Audio and video recording technicians
2285226Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
2295227Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
2305231Announcers and other broadcasters
2315232Other performers, n.e.c.
2325241Graphic designers and illustrators
2335242Interior designers and interior decorators
2345243Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
2355244Artisans and craftspersons
2365245Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products
2395253Sports officials and referees
2405254Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
2416211Retail sales supervisors
2426221Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
2436222Retail and wholesale buyers
2446231Insurance agents and brokers
2456232Real estate agents and salespersons
2466235Financial sales representatives
2476311Food service supervisors
2486312Executive housekeepers
2496313Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
2506314Customer and information services supervisors
2516315Cleaning supervisors
2526316Other services supervisors
2556331Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
2576341Hairstylists and barbers
2586342Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners
2596343Shoe repairers and shoemakers
2606344Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations
2626346Funeral directors and embalmers
2637201Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
2647202Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
2657203Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
2667204Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
2677205Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
2687231Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
2697232Tool and die makers
2707233Sheet metal workers
2727235Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
2747237Welders and related machine operators
2757241Electricians (except industrial and power system)
2767242Industrial electricians
2777243Power system electricians
2787244Electrical power line and cable workers
2797245Telecommunications line and cable workers
2807246Telecommunications installation and repair workers
2817247Cable television service and maintenance technicians
2837252Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
2847253Gas fitters
2887282Concrete finishers
2897283Tile setters
2907284Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
2917291Roofers and shinglers
2947294Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
2957295Floor covering installers
2967301Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
2977302Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
2987303Supervisors, printing and related occupations
2997304Supervisors, railway transport operations
3007305Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
3017311Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
3027312Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
3037313Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
3047314Railway Carmen/women
3057315Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
3067316Machine fitters
3077318Elevator constructors and mechanics
3087321Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
3097322Motor vehicle body repairers
3107331Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
3117332Appliance servicers and repairers
3127333Electrical mechanics
3137334Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
3147335Other small engine and small equipment repairers
3157361Railway and yard locomotive engineers
3167362Railway conductors and brakemen/women
3177371Crane operators
3187372Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
3197373Water well drillers
3207381Printing press operators
3217384Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
3228211Supervisors, logging and forestry
3238221Supervisors, mining and quarrying
3248222Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
3258231Underground production and development miners
3268232Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
3278241Logging machinery operators
3288252Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
3298255Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
3308261Fishing masters and officers
3329211Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
3339212Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
3349213Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
3359214Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
3369215Supervisors, forest products processing
3379217Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
3389221Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
3399222Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
3409223Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
3419224Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
3429226Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
3439227Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
3449231Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
3459232Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
3469235Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
3479241Power engineers and power systems operators
3489243Water and waste treatment plant operators

Finding Your NOC

The NOC code is a combination of four digits. To identify your correct NOC,  you would have to search the NOC database using the following steps;

  • Using your job title, check your NOC in the ‘filter items’ field.
  • Write down the numeric code shown on the left column
  • On the right column, you would find the skill level or type. 
  • Visit the NOC website and search for your NOC using the code or numeric title

Note: There may be cases where your efficiency matches more than one occupation. So what do you do? Since you may not be able to claim multiple codes, you will have to resolve it. 

The first step is to provide a reference letter of employment from your previous employers to claim a NOC code then you have to resolve which occupation best fits your experience. Your NOC code must match your occupation or else it may be rejected.


Employment Reference Letter

To gain approval in your application for permanent residence through Express Entry or skilled worker programs, you would need to submit a reference letter from your previous employers. 

The employment reference letter provides the necessary information that is required during the immigration process. This information includes;

1. Job Title

2. Salary

3. The dates of employment 

4. The average hours of work per week

5. A detailed list of your previous employment duties and responsibilities

In a case where you are not able to get a reference letter from your employer, you will have to explain it to the visa officer. 

Make sure to provide the supporting documents for your NOC code including a letter that explains why you cannot provide a reference letter.

Programs You Are Eligible For With A NOC

There are several immigration programs you can be eligible for with a NOC code although it would depend on your skill type. They are as follows;

  • For individuals with Skill type 0, A, and B, you may be eligible for the 3 Express Entry immigration programs (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class). You may also be eligible for the Atlantic High Skill Program of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.
  • Individuals with Skill type C are eligible for the intermediate skill program of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.
  • If you fall under Skill type C or D, you may be eligible for Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). These include Prince Edward Island PNP, the Northwest Territories  PNP, the Yukon PNP, etc.

Why Is NOC Used?

The National Occupation Classification code is used for immigration and job purposes.

  • If you are immigrating to Canada, you can select your NOC and then consult an immigration professional to ensure you’ve chosen the correct NOC code.
  • Government job boards (e.g. job banks) post their jobs using the NOC code which makes it easy to search for jobs. 

NOC Major And Minor Groups

NOC Major Groups refer to the first two digits of a NOC code together. For instance, Major Group 31 refers to occupations in the health industry (Skill Type 3) that require a university degree (Skill Level A).

All the occupations under this major group will have a NOC code that begins with 31. This includes nutritionists(3132), dentists(3113), and pharmacists(3131) and so on. 

NOC Minor Groups refer to the first three digits of a NOC code. They group similar occupations within each major group together for easy identification. For instance, judges have the NOC code – 4111 and lawyers – 4112. They are both in Minor Group 411. 

Social workers and family counselors have NOC codes; 4152 and 4153 respectively and they are both in Minor Group 415. Also, note that social workers and family counselors have major group 41. 

Importance Of NOC Canada

The NOC is recognized and followed by the federal and provincial governments of Canada. It classifies occupations based on the job duties and the work a person does. The following are some importance of the NOC.

1. It provides information about each profession including job title, description, and responsibilities related to the occupation. 

2. The categorization of different jobs or occupations and skills helps to solve issues related to the shortage of efficient labor in Canada

3. Statisticians, labor market analysts, employers, career counselors, and job seekers use the NOC as a standardized way of describing and understanding the nature of work

4. The system helps the Canadian government and employers in choosing the right candidate as it classifies them according to job duties

5. Your NOC code plays a vital role in your immigration process. You cannot apply for a Canadian immigration program without a NOC code

6. The NOC skill level identifies occupations and classifies them based on type and amount of training

7. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) also uses the system to identify and analyze skill shortages in Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Know If A NOC Is In Demand In Canada?

Check your NOC using your job title.
Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence through skilled worker programs and Express Entry Programs and submit a reference letter from your employers.

What Is NOC Skill Type 0 A or B?

Skill Level O – Management Jobs
Skill Level A – Professional Jobs that require a college degree
Skill Level B – Technical Jobs and skilled trade jobs that usually require a diploma
Skill level C – Intermediate Jobs that usually require High School certification or specific job training

Which NOC Is Required For PR?

You can get permanent citizenship in Canada with skill type 0, A, and B NOC applications.

Which NOC Is Better 0 or A?

NOC 0 refers to management occupations like restaurant managers, mine managers, and senior managers, while NOC A refers to occupations that require a degree from an accredited university like doctors, dentists, and architects.

Which Job Is Best To Settle In Canada?

Truck Drivers.
Vocational Institutes.
Business Managers and Consultants.
Software engineer.
Steamfitter and Pipefitter.

Which Skills Are In Shortage In Canada?

Canada has a shortage of workers with digital and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills. 

Which Skills Are in Demand In Canada?

The skills most in demand in Canada are information technology, computer science, engineering, analytics, cognitive computing, cybersecurity, software services and skilled trades.

Does NOC Affect CRS Score?

Your NOC code does not directly affect your CRS score. However, your code will prove the type of work experience that you may be eligible to claim PR points for. 

Which City In Canada Has More Job Opportunities In 2022?

Brantford, Ontario has an unemployment rate of 3.6% and is reported to be the best city for immigrants in search of jobs in Canada. Although the city is small in size, it is filled with so many job opportunities.

Can I Use Multiple NOC Codes?

Candidates applying through the Federal Skilled Worker program will need at least 12 months of continuous work experience under 1 NOC code. And candidates  applying through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) can use more than 1 NOC code.


NOC Canada groups occupations into skill levels and job types to analyze and assess occupations in the country. The NOC also helps the government identify skill shortages and rectify them.  

Most Canadian immigration programs require the NOC code as part of the application process. You can check the occupation in-demand list to know your code. 

However, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in collaboration with Statistics Canada updates the list every 5 years and revises it every 10 years so it’s best to visit the official website to get updated information. 

We hope this post has been helpful. If you have any questions or comments, kindly share them in the section below. 

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