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National Occupational Classification

  • How can I learn more about the NOC?

    A NOC Training Tutorial is available online for individuals who wish to develop an understanding of the classification system and how it can be used to explore the world of work. This tutorial is self-directed and allows individuals to study specific parts of the NOC.

  • How often is the NOC updated?

    To ensure accuracy and relevance of the NOC, the NOC is updated on an ongoing basis, incorporating new job titles and modifying occupational information as required. In order to minimize disruptions to statistical analyses, revisions to the structure of the NOC occur only every ten years. The next structural revision is scheduled for 2021.

  • How can I find my NOC code?

    To conduct a code search in the NOC Web site, type the job title in the Quick Search box located at the top of the page to generate a list of possible occupations. The complex search in the Search the NOC box located at the top of the left side menu allows a more complete search of duties, employment requirements as well as job titles.

    When reviewing the potential occupations, the accompanying education, main duties and employment requirements should also correspond to the job performed. For more guidance in coding, please consult the Learning to Code section of the NOC Tutorial.

  • What are NOC Skill Types and Skill Levels?

    The NOC classifies occupations on the criteria of Skill Type and Skill Level.

    The first digit of the NOC code identifies the Skill Type of an occupation which indicates the broad area of work. For example, Health Occupations start with the digit 3. Management Occupations, which are found across all Skill Types, from 1 through 9, start with the digit 0.

    The NOC classifies occupations on one of four broad skill levels identified as A through D. These levels correspond to the kind and/or amount of training or education required for entering an occupation. Please see the NOC Introduction of 2011 for further details.

    Occupations in Skill Types 1 through to 9 are classified under Skill Levels A, B, C or D. The second digit of the NOC code represents the level as follows: A = 0 and 1, B = 2 and 3, C = 4 and 5, and D = 6 and 7. Management occupations, which span all Skill Types, are included in Skill Level A as shown in the NOC Matrix.

    Skill Level A represents occupations usually requiring university education. Skill Level B refers to occupations usually requiring college education or apprenticeship training. Skill Level C occupations generally require completion of secondary school and some job-specific training or completion of courses directly related to the work. Skill Level D occupations usually require some secondary school, on-the-job training, short demonstration sessions or instruction that takes place in the work environment.

  • What are NOC Skill Type 0 and Skill Levels A and B?

    Skill Type 0 refers to all management occupations. The NOC codes for these occupations begin with 0. Skill Level A represents occupations usually requiring university education and Skill Level B corresponds to occupations usually requiring college education or apprenticeship training. The second digit of the NOC codes for these occupations (except management) is 1, 2, or 3. Please consult the NOC Training Tutorial for further details.

  • What changes occurred in the NOC 2016?

    The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 is jointly released by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada. This classification brings updates to the content of the occupational descriptions and adding over 200 occupational titles while maintaining the structure of the 2011 edition. No major groups, minor groups or unit groups have been added, deleted or combined, though some groups have new names and/or updated content. Many new job titles have been added to NOC 2016, which arise as the division of labour in Canadian society evolves, creating new jobs and new specializations and as technological change brings with it new terminology . To clarify the boundaries between occupations, a few titles have been re-assigned to (a) different unit groups in NOC 2016. The impact of these on the comparability of data between 2011 and 2016 are negligible.

    To learn more about the NOC changes between 2011 and 2016, please visit the Overview page.

  • How can I make use of the NOC Web Service (NOCWS)?

    The NOC Web Service (NOCWS) enables users to integrate NOC information directly into their organizations' Internet-enabled applications (i.e.: Web sites).

    The NOCWS is designed to help organizations provide better quality services to their clients. It enables organizations to:

    • Improve timely access to relevant occupational and skill information;
    • Ensure accuracy and consistency of information in their products and services;
    • Seamlessly integrate occupational information into Web sites under their own look and feel; and
    • Save money on costs related to application development, database uploading and maintenance.

    For more information on how NOCWS can provide useful solutions for your organization, please Contact Us.

Career Handbook

  • What is the Career Handbook?

    The Career Handbook is the counselling component of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) system. It provides 930 occupational profiles for counselling based on NOC 2016 occupations. This counselling resource is used by a wide range of professionals for many applications, and by individuals engaged in self-directed career planning.

  • What are the descriptor scales of the Career Handbook?

    The scales in the Career Handbook are commonly used by career counsellors and other professional intermediaries to identify clients' areas of interest and particular aptitudes required for an occupation. Please see the Description of Sections for descriptor definitions.

Immigration & Work permits

  • Where do I find information about immigrating to and/or working in Canada?

    Questions about immigration programs (Express Entry, etc.) should be directed to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

    If you need information on immigration requirements and procedures or processes, please contact IRCC directly.

    Information on living in Canada can be found on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Living in Canada Web site.

    If you are outside Canada and would prefer an in-person consultation, please contact your nearest Canadian Embassy, Consulate or Visa Office.

Labour market information and Finding a job

  • Where do I find labour market information (e.g. wages/salaries, outlooks, job vacancies) on my field of work?

    Canadian labour market information is available on the Job Bank’s Web site. This site answers questions about jobs, skills, wages, salaries and the availability of work in specific areas across Canada. Users can perform searches by NOC codes or by job titles.

  • How can I find a job?

    ESDC provides various resources and services to help individuals find work.

    Please consult the following resources for information on current employment opportunities in Canada:

Foreign Credential recognition

Education and Training programs

  • Where can I find information on education and training programs?

    The NOC provides education and training information in the Employment Requirements section of each occupational description. Training and education in Canada are the responsibilities of individual provincial and territorial governments. You may contact the Ministry of Education and Training in your province or territory for additional details.

    Information about Canadian universities, colleges, scholarships and programs is also available through the Student Financial Assistance Web site.

    Please visit the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials Web site for information about regulated trades and professions in Canada, including the regulatory bodies responsible for licensure.