NOC (National Occupational Codes) Guide
What is NOC?
NOC stands for National Occupational Classification. It is a system, which let us see the detail classification of all the jobs (occupations) in the Canadian labour market.
For immigration purposes, the main job listing is divided into 5 groups (levels):
- Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs.
- Skill Level A: Occupations usually require a university education.
- Skill Level B: Occupations usually require college or vocational education or apprenticeship training.
- Skill Level C: Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
- Skill Level D: On-the-job training is usually provided for occupations.
NOC code is a four-digit number, where the first digit normally designates the Skill Type:
- Management Occupations
- Business, Finance, and Administration Occupations
- Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations
- Health Occupations
- Occupations in Social Science, Education, Government Service, and Religion
- Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport
- Sales and Service Occupations
- Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Related Occupations
- Occupations Unique to Primary Industry
- Occupations Unique to Processing, Manufacturing, and Utilities
The second digit is the Skill Level corresponds to the type and/or amount of training or education typically required to work in an occupation. The 3 and 4 numbers usually cover the detailed designation of the certain occupation – corresponding between industries and levels of responsibility.
Why do recruiters need to know your NOC?
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