1. Met Structure of the NOC
  2. 2 Major groups
  3. 3 Minor groups and unit groups
  4. 4 Practice quiz II
  5. 5 Step two - Complete

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Major groups follow the broadest categorization of occupations and are identified by the first two digits of a NOC code. It is a roll-up, or an aggregation of minor groups (which we will look at shortly). There are 40 major groups in the NOC 2016, which are listed below, by broad occupational category:

Management occupations

CodeMajor group title
00 Senior management occupations
01 – 05 Specialized middle management occupations
06 Middle management occupations in retail and wholesale trade and customer services
07 – 09 Middle management occupations in trades, transportation, production and utilities

Business, finance and administration occupations

CodeMajor group title
11 Professional occupations in business and finance
12 Administrative and financial supervisors and administrative occupations
13 Finance, insurance and related business administrative occupations
14 Office support occupations
15 Distribution, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations

Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

CodeMajor group title
21 Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences
22 Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences

Health occupations

CodeMajor group title
30 Professional occupations in nursing
31 Professional occupations in health (except nursing)
32 Technical occupations in health
34 Assisting occupations in support of health services

Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services

CodeMajor group title
40 Professional occupations in education services
41 Professional occupations in law and social, community and government services
42 Paraprofessional occupations in legal, social, community and education services
43 Occupations in front-line public protection services
44 Care providers and educational, legal and public protection support occupations

Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

CodeMajor group title
51 Professional occupations in art and culture
52 Technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

Sales and service occupations

CodeMajor group title
62 Retail sales supervisors and specialized sales occupations
63 Service supervisors and specialized service occupations
64 Sales representatives and salespersons - wholesale and retail trade
65 Service representatives and other customer and personal services occupations
66 Sales support occupations
67 Service support and other service occupations, n.e.c.

Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

CodeMajor group title
72 Industrial, electrical and construction trades
73 Maintenance and equipment operation trades
74 Other installers, repairers and servicers and material handlers
75 Transport and heavy equipment operation and related maintenance occupations
76 Trades helpers, construction labourers and related occupations

Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations

CodeMajor group title
82 Supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production
84 Workers in natural resources, agriculture and related production
86 Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers

Occupations in manufacturing and utilities

CodeMajor group title
92 Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
94 Processing and manufacturing machine operators and related production workers
95 Assemblers in manufacturing
96 Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
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