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The National Occupational Classification (NOC) matrix provides an overview of the entire NOC structure. It illustrates the relationship between broad occupational categories (BOC) and skill levels, which results in the 40 major groups (the first two digits of the NOC code) and helps quickly identify major groups and minor groups.

BOCs (except Management occupations – BOC 0) are displayed in rows and are represented by numbers zero (0) to nine (9) while skill levels are displayed in columns and are identified by letters A to D.

Managerial occupations (BOC 0), which are considered as skill level A occupations, are found on the left-end side of the chart, indicating the presence of management across all segments of the labour market.

It is possible to select a previous version of the classification (NOC 2006 and 2011) as well as the upcoming version (NOC 2021). The NOC 2021 has been released for data collection purposes but will only be used by ESDC in late 2022.

NOC structure Skill level
0
Management occupations
(Skill level A)
A
Occupations usually require university education.
B
Occupations usually require college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training.
C
Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
D
On-the-job training is usually provided for occupations.
Broad occupational categories
1
Business, finance and administration occupations
2
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
3
Health occupations
4
Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services
5
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
6
Sales and service occupations
7
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
8
Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
9
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
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