The pandemic has altered the work conditions in Canada. Some sectors have incurred huge job losses, while in others the demand for talent got accelerated.
Some researchers analyzed the employment conditions in Ontario and observed that some 109 occupations have experienced major changes during the pandemic. These findings created a list of occupations that have seen a huge demand for new talent. These occupations are listed in the NOC (National Occupational Classification).
Here are the 9 occupations that are on the lookout for more workers:
Advertising, public relations, and marketing managers
This occupation belongs to the NOC 0124. The Advertising industry has gone digital during the pandemic. Therefore, companies plan to spend more on digital ads. For this purpose, companies will hire more people who have a decent knowledge of modern technology.
Computer and Information systems managers
The new developments that are taking place in the technology sector because of the coronavirus pandemic have led to the demand for computer and information systems managers. This occupation belongs to the NOC 0213.
Many companies are opting for more virtual services such as medical appointments, e-commerce, job fairs. This will definitely call for more skilled workers.
Web designers and developers
More virtual services and the emerging trend of online shopping have increased the demand of web designers and developers. Also, several coronavirus-related websites require web designers and developers to help propagate the crucial information.
Interactive media developers and computer programmers
The e-learning market is expanding globally. And there is an amplification of the demand for digital services and products after the outbreak of the pandemic. This demand for the services has increased the requirement for computer programmers and interactive media developers in Ontario.
In fact, the provincial government is supporting several organizations to create digital platforms for learning.
Biologists and related scientists
This occupation is listed under the NOC 2121. The job designations included are immunologists, bio-information workers, virologists, and pharmacologists.
The ongoing research for more vaccines and COVID-19 treatments will create several job opportunities for biologists and related workers.
Data administrators and database analysts
There has been a growing interest among people regarding the COVID-19 related data and analysis. Many workers have been involved in the process of coronavirus-related data analysis. This is only going to increase in the future. So, there will be plenty of job opportunities for people working as database analysts or administrators.
Information systems analysts and consultants
When the entire Ontario was in lockdown, consultants and information system analysts were regarded as essential workers. As more companies are extending their services online, the requirement for workers belonging to NOC 2171 occupation is rising.
Furthermore, there might be a great demand for artificial intelligence analysts as many lines of businesses have started using AI solutions now.
Graphic designers and Illustrators
With the huge rise in content consumption, more job opportunities are created for graphic designers and illustrators.
Medical laboratory technologists
There was an acute shortage of lab technologists in Canada even before the coronavirus pandemic. As the retirement rate was growing and there were no new people to take up the vacant positions.
And the pandemic has now increased the scarcity of lab technologists. There is a major demand for lab workers in Canada. In fact, Ontario is providing funds to a new program that is focused on training laboratory workers.
Immigration options for workers of In-demand occupations
If you work in one of the above-mentioned occupations, you can consider immigrating to Canada and finding a decent job for yourself.
Canada offers multiple pathways for immigration candidates.
Since all of these occupations fall into the category of “skilled work”, you can submit your application through the Express Entry system if you are eligible for one of the three immigration programs under express entry.
Further, the province of Ontario invites immigration candidates under the OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program). So, if you have an express entry profile, you can be eligible under Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream.
Ontario conducts Tech draw to meet the shortage of tech workers. Tech candidates can apply under the OINP Tech Draw. The tech draw includes six IT occupations mentioned in the above in-demand occupations list. Thus, immigrating to Ontario through the tech draw can be one of the best options.
If you are a graphic designer, you have an opportunity to move to Ontario through the Self-Employed Persons Program. Around 30 percent of graphic designers in Canada are self-employed.
Further, currently, Canada is providing immigration pathways for essential workers and Lab Techs are among one the essential healthcare occupations. Lab Technologists can apply under the new immigration pathway before 5th November. Also, please note that the intake cap for applications under healthcare occupations is 20,000 only.