Welcome to the Career Handbook
Notice: Update of the Career Handbook and Career Tool
Employment and Social Development Canada is currently reviewing the Career Handbook and the Career Tool, to ensure these tools meet your needs. We invite you and your stakeholders to send us feedback. Please let us know what you like, what you do not like and any other feedback.
Welcome to the Career Handbook – Second Edition Web site. The Career Handbook is the counselling
component of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. The Second Edition reflects the revisions made
to the classification system in 2001.
The Career Handbook provides global ratings assigned to occupations to further define skills, worker
characteristics and other indicators related to occupations that are important for career exploration and informed
career decision-making. This counselling resource is used by a wide range of professionals for many applications,
and by individuals engaged in self-directed career planning.
The updated Career Handbook provides 923 occupational profiles for counselling based on NOC 2001 occupations
and maintains the original descriptor scales, factors and presentation format. It includes information on aptitudes,
interests, involvement with data/people/things, physical activities, environmental conditions, education/training
indicators, career progression and work settings.
News on the Career Handbook
After we released the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2006 we informed users of our intention to revise the Career Handbook. The objective was to integrate the NOC changes into the Career Handbook to maintain consistency between the two documents. Upon closer examination we found that the NOC modifications would not significantly affect the quality of the Career Handbook.
We hope you find the Career Handbook Web site an informative and helpful resource.
The Career Handbook was released in 2003.