The National Occupational Classification, or NOC, was created by the federal government to group jobs together based on skill level and duties performed. A job that falls under a NOC code in Canada has specific requirements that must be met in order to obtain the job.

Find out more about all of the different types of NOC jobs that are available in Canada.

What is the National Occupational Classification (NOC)?

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the national system of Canada to describe occupations. The national system assigns a two to four-digit code to every occupation. Moreover, there is a job description that explains the education requirements and duties for each occupation. 

Canada’s immigration programs use the National Occupational Classification (NOC) to determine if an applicant is eligible or not. They have divided the NOC program into various segments making it easier to understand them. 

Canadas’s NOC program skill levels

The NOC program is divided into 5 levels of skills:

  • Skill Type 0: Management Jobs;
  • Skill Level A: Professional jobs requiring specific academic backgrounds;
  • Skill Level B: Technical jobs and trades job;
  • Skill Level C: Jobs usually require only high school education;
  • Skill Level D: Labour jobs with no formal education requirement

The list below contains links to all of Canada’s NOC skill levels. Please use search (Ctrl+F) to search for a specific job title or occupation.

Note: Canada considers NOC Skill Type 0, A, and B as “skilled” jobs. 

Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) List

Job title

Skill level

NOC CODE
Legislators 0 11
Senior government managers and officials 0 12
Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services 0 13
Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations 0 14
Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. 0 15
Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities 0 16
Financial managers 0 111
Human resources managers 0 112
Purchasing managers 0 113
Other administrative services managers 0 114
Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers 0 121
Banking, credit and other investment managers 0 122
Advertising, marketing and public relations managers 0 124
Other business services managers 0 125
Telecommunication carriers managers 0 131
Postal and courier services managers 0 132
Engineering managers 0 211
Architecture and science managers 0 212
Computer and information systems managers 0 213
Managers in health care 0 311
Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration 0 411
Government managers – economic analysis, policy development and program administration 0 412
Government managers – education policy development and program administration 0 413
Other managers in public administration 0 414
Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training 0 421
School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education 0 422
Managers in social, community and correctional services 0 423
Commissioned police officers 0 431
Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers 0 432
Commissioned officers of the Canadian Armed Forces 0 433
Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers 0 511
Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts 0 512
Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors 0 513
Corporate sales managers 0 601
Retail and wholesale trade managers 0 621
Restaurant and food service managers 0 631
Accommodation service managers 0 632
Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c. 0 651
Construction managers 0 711
Home building and renovation managers 0 712
Facility operation and maintenance managers 0 714
Managers in transportation 0 731
Managers in natural resources production and fishing 0 811
Managers in agriculture 0 821
Managers in horticulture 0 822
Managers in aquaculture 0 823
Manufacturing managers 0 911
Utility managers 0 912
JOB TITLE Skill level or type NOC CODE
Financial auditors and accountants A 1111
Financial and investment analysts A 1112
Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers A 1113
Other financial officers A 1114
Human resources professionals A 1121
Professional occupations in business management consulting A 1122
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations A 1123
Physicists and astronomers A 2111
Chemists A 2112
Geoscientists and oceanographers A 2113
Meteorologists and climatologists A 2114
Other professional occupations in physical sciences A 2115
Biologists and related scientists A 2121
Forestry professionals A 2122
Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists A 2123
Civil engineers A 2131
Mechanical engineers A 2132
Electrical and electronics engineers A 2133
Chemical engineers A 2134
Industrial and manufacturing engineers A 2141
Metallurgical and materials engineers A 2142
Mining engineers A 2143
Geological engineers A 2144
Petroleum engineers A 2145
Aerospace engineers A 2146
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) A 2147
Other professional engineers, n.e.c. A 2148
Architects A 2151
Landscape architects A 2152
Urban and land use planners A 2153
Land surveyors A 2154
Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries A 2161
Information systems analysts and consultants A 2171
Database analysts and data administrators A 2172
Software engineers and designers A 2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developers A 2174
Web designers and developers A 2175
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors A 3011
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses A 3012
Specialist physicians A 3111
General practitioners and family physicians A 3112
Dentists A 3113
Veterinarians A 3114
Optometrists A 3121
Chiropractors A 3122
Allied primary health practitioners A 3124
Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating A 3125
Pharmacists A 3131
Dietitians and nutritionists A 3132
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists A 3141
Physiotherapists A 3142
Occupational therapists A 3143
Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment A 3144
University professors and lecturers A 4011
Post-secondary teaching and research assistants A 4012
College and other vocational instructors A 4021
Secondary school teachers A 4031
Elementary school and kindergarten teachers A 4032
Educational counsellors A 4033
Judges A 4111
Lawyers and Quebec notaries A 4112
Psychologists A 4151
Social workers A 4152
Family, marriage and other related counsellors A 4153
Professional occupations in religion A 4154
Probation and parole officers and related occupations A 4155
Employment counsellors A 4156
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers A 4161
Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts A 4162
Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants A 4163
Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers A 4164
Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers A 4165
Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers A 4166
Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers A 4167
Program officers unique to government A 4168
Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c. A 4169
Librarians A 5111
Conservators and curators A 5112
Archivists A 5113
Authors and writers A 5121
Editors A 5122
Journalists A 5123
Translators, terminologists and interpreters A 5125
Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations A 5131
Conductors, composers and arrangers A 5132
Musicians and singers A 5133
Dancers A 5134
Actors and comedians A 5135
Painters, sculptors and other visual artists A 5136
JOB TITLE Skill level or type NOC CODE
Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers B 1211
Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers B 1212
Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers B 1213
Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations B 1214
Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations B 1215
Administrative officers B 1221
Executive assistants B 1222
Human resources and recruitment officers B 1223
Property administrators B 1224
Purchasing agents and officers B 1225
Conference and event planners B 1226
Court officers and justices of the peace B 1227
Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers B 1228
Administrative assistants B 1241
Legal administrative assistants B 1242
Medical administrative assistants B 1243
Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations B 1251
Health information management occupations B 1252
Records management technicians B 1253
Statistical officers and related research support occupations B 1254
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers B 1311
Insurance adjusters and claims examiners B 1312
Insurance underwriters B 1313
Assessors, valuators and appraisers B 1314
Customs, ship and other brokers B 1315
Chemical technologists and technicians B 2211
Geological and mineral technologists and technicians B 2212
Biological technologists and technicians B 2221
Agricultural and fish products inspectors B 2222
Forestry technologists and technicians B 2223
Conservation and fishery officers B 2224
Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists B 2225
Civil engineering technologists and technicians B 2231
Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians B 2232
Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians B 2233
Construction estimators B 2234
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians B 2241
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) B 2242
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics B 2243
Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors B 2244
Architectural technologists and technicians B 2251
Industrial designers B 2252
Drafting technologists and technicians B 2253
Land survey technologists and technicians B 2254
Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology B 2255
Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians B 2261
Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers B 2262
Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety B 2263
Construction inspectors B 2264
Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors B 2271
Air traffic controllers and related occupations B 2272
Deck officers, water transport B 2273
Engineer officers, water transport B 2274
Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators B 2275
Computer network technicians B 2281
User support technicians B 2282
Information systems testing technicians B 2283
Medical laboratory technologists B 3211
Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants B 3212
Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians B 3213
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists B 3214
Medical radiation technologists B 3215
Medical sonographers B 3216
Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. B 3217
Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health) B 3219
Denturists B 3221
Dental hygienists and dental therapists B 3222
Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants B 3223
Opticians B 3231
Practitioners of natural healing B 3232
Licensed practical nurses B 3233
Paramedical occupations B 3234
Massage therapists B 3236
Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment B 3237
Paralegal and related occupations B 4211
Social and community service workers B 4212
Early childhood educators and assistants B 4214
Instructors of persons with disabilities B 4215
Other instructors B 4216
Other religious occupations B 4217
Police officers (except commissioned) B 4311
Firefighters B 4312
Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces B 4313
Library and public archive technicians B 5211
Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries B 5212
Photographers B 5221
Film and video camera operators B 5222
Graphic arts technicians B 5223
Broadcast technicians B 5224
Audio and video recording technicians B 5225
Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts B 5226
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts B 5227
Announcers and other broadcasters B 5231
Other performers, n.e.c. B 5232
Graphic designers and illustrators B 5241
Interior designers and interior decorators B 5242
Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers B 5243
Artisans and craftspersons B 5244
Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products B 5245
Athletes B 5251
Coaches B 5252
Sports officials and referees B 5253
Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness B 5254
Retail sales supervisors B 6211
Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade B 6221
Retail and wholesale buyers B 6222
Insurance agents and brokers B 6231
Real estate agents and salespersons B 6232
Financial sales representatives B 6235
Food service supervisors B 6311
Executive housekeepers B 6312
Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors B 6313
Customer and information services supervisors B 6314
Cleaning supervisors B 6315
Other services supervisors B 6316
Chefs B 6321
Cooks B 6322
Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale B 6331
Bakers B 6332
Hairstylists and barbers B 6341
Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners B 6342
Shoe repairers and shoemakers B 6343
Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations B 6344
Upholsterers B 6345
Funeral directors and embalmers B 6346
Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations B 7201
Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations B 7202
Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades B 7203
Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades B 7204
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers B 7205
Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors B 7231
Tool and die makers B 7232
Sheet metal workers B 7233
Boilermakers B 7234
Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters B 7235
Ironworkers B 7236
Welders and related machine operators B 7237
Electricians (except industrial and power system) B 7241
Industrial electricians B 7242
Power system electricians B 7243
Electrical power line and cable workers B 7244
Telecommunications line and cable workers B 7245
Telecommunications installation and repair workers B 7246
Cable television service and maintenance technicians B 7247
Plumbers B 7251
Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers B 7252
Gas fitters B 7253
Carpenters B 7271
Cabinetmakers B 7272
Bricklayers B 7281
Concrete finishers B 7282
Tilesetters B 7283
Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers B 7284
Roofers and shinglers B 7291
Glaziers B 7292
Insulators B 7293
Painters and decorators (except interior decorators) B 7294
Floor covering installers B 7295
Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades B 7301
Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews B 7302
Supervisors, printing and related occupations B 7303
Supervisors, railway transport operations B 7304
Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators B 7305
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics B 7311
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics B 7312
Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics B 7313
Railway carmen/women B 7314
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors B 7315
Machine fitters B 7316
Elevator constructors and mechanics B 7318
Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers B 7321
Motor vehicle body repairers B 7322
Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics B 7331
Appliance servicers and repairers B 7332
Electrical mechanics B 7333
Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics B 7334
Other small engine and small equipment repairers B 7335
Railway and yard locomotive engineers B 7361
Railway conductors and brakemen/women B 7362
Crane operators B 7371
Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction B 7372
Water well drillers B 7373
Printing press operators B 7381
Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c. B 7384
Supervisors, logging and forestry B 8211
Supervisors, mining and quarrying B 8221
Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services B 8222
Underground production and development miners B 8231
Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers B 8232
Logging machinery operators B 8241
Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers B 8252
Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services B 8255
Fishing masters and officers B 8261
Fishermen/women B 8262
Supervisors, mineral and metal processing B 9211
Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities B 9212
Supervisors, food and beverage processing B 9213
Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing B 9214
Supervisors, forest products processing B 9215
Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing B 9217
Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling B 9221
Supervisors, electronics manufacturing B 9222
Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing B 9223
Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing B 9224
Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing B 9226
Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly B 9227
Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing B 9231
Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing B 9232
Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators B 9235
Power engineers and power systems operators B 9241
Water and waste treatment plant operators B 9243
JOB TITLE Skill level or type NOC CODE
General office support workers C 1411
Receptionists C 1414
Personnel clerks C 1415
Court clerks C 1416
Data entry clerks C 1422
Desktop publishing operators and related occupations C 1423
Accounting and related clerks C 1431
Payroll administrators C 1432
Banking, insurance and other financial clerks C 1434
Collectors C 1435
Library assistants and clerks C 1451
Correspondence, publication and regulatory clerks C 1452
Survey interviewers and statistical clerks C 1454
Mail, postal and related workers C 1511
Letter carriers C 1512
Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors C 1513
Shippers and receivers C 1521
Storekeepers and partspersons C 1522
Production logistics co-ordinators C 1523
Purchasing and inventory control workers C 1524
Dispatchers C 1525
Transportation route and crew schedulers C 1526
Dental assistants C 3411
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates C 3413
Other assisting occupations in support of health services C 3414
Home child care providers C 4411
Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations C 4412
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants C 4413
Sheriffs and bailiffs C 4421
Correctional service officers C 4422
By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers, n.e.c. C 4423
Sales and account representatives – wholesale trade (non-technical) C 6411
Retail salespersons C 6421
Maîtres d’hôtel and hosts/hostesses C 6511
Bartenders C 6512
Food and beverage servers C 6513
Travel counsellors C 6521
Pursers and flight attendants C 6522
Airline ticket and service agents C 6523
Ground and water transport ticket agents, cargo service representatives and related clerks C 6524
Hotel front desk clerks C 6525
Tour and travel guides C 6531
Outdoor sport and recreational guides C 6532
Casino occupations C 6533
Security guards and related security service occupations C 6541
Customer services representatives – financial institutions C 6551
Other customer and information services representatives C 6552
Image, social and other personal consultants C 6561
Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations C 6562
Pet groomers and animal care workers C 6563
Other personal service occupations C 6564
Residential and commercial installers and servicers C 7441
Waterworks and gas maintenance workers C 7442
Pest controllers and fumigators C 7444
Other repairers and servicers C 7445
Longshore workers C 7451
Material handlers C 7452
Transport truck drivers C 7511
Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators C 7512
Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs C 7513
Delivery and courier service drivers C 7514
Heavy equipment operators (except crane) C 7521
Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers C 7522
Railway yard and track maintenance workers C 7531
Water transport deck and engine room crew C 7532
Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations C 7533
Air transport ramp attendants C 7534
Other automotive mechanical installers and servicers C 7535
Underground mine service and support workers C 8411
Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators C 8412
Chain saw and skidder operators C 8421
Silviculture and forestry workers C 8422
General farm workers C 8431
Nursery and greenhouse workers C 8432
Fishing vessel deckhands C 8441
Trappers and hunters C 8442
Machine operators, mineral and metal processing C 9411
Foundry workers C 9412
Glass forming and finishing machine operators and glass cutters C 9413
Concrete, clay and stone forming operators C 9414
Inspectors and testers, mineral and metal processing C 9415
Metalworking and forging machine operators C 9416
Machining tool operators C 9417
Other metal products machine operators C 9418
Chemical plant machine operators C 9421
Plastics processing machine operators C 9422
Rubber processing machine operators and related workers C 9423
Sawmill machine operators C 9431
Pulp mill machine operators C 9432
Papermaking and finishing machine operators C 9433
Other wood processing machine operators C 9434
Paper converting machine operators C 9435
Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders C 9436
Woodworking machine operators C 9437
Textile fibre and yarn, hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers C 9441
Weavers, knitters and other fabric making occupations C 9442
Fabric, fur and leather cutters C 9445
Industrial sewing machine operators C 9446
Inspectors and graders, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing C 9447
Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing C 9461
Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers C 9462
Fish and seafood plant workers C 9463
Testers and graders, food and beverage processing C 9465
Plateless printing equipment operators C 9471
Camera, platemaking and other prepress occupations C 9472
Binding and finishing machine operators C 9473
Photographic and film processors C 9474
Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors C 9521
Motor vehicle assemblers, inspectors and testers C 9522
Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers C 9523
Assemblers and inspectors, electrical appliance, apparatus and equipment manufacturing C 9524
Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers C 9525
Mechanical assemblers and inspectors C 9526
Machine operators and inspectors, electrical apparatus manufacturing C 9527
Boat assemblers and inspectors C 9531
Furniture and fixture assemblers and inspectors C 9532
Other wood products assemblers and inspectors C 9533
Furniture finishers and refinishers C 9534
Plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors C 9535
Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators C 9536
Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors C 9537

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JOB TITLE Skill level or type NOC CODE
Cashiers D 6611
Service station attendants D 6621
Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers D 6622
Other sales related occupations D 6623
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers, and related support occupations D 6711
Support occupations in accommodation, travel, and facilities set-up services D 6721
Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation, and sport D 6722
Light duty cleaners D 6731
Specialized cleaners D 6732
Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents D 6733
Dry cleaning, laundry, and related occupations D 6741
Other service support occupations, n.e.c. D 6742
Construction trades helpers and laborers D 7611
Other trades helpers and laborers D 7612
Public works and maintenance laborers D 7621
Railway and motor transport laborers D 7622
Harvesting laborers D 8611
Landscaping and grounds maintenance laborers D 8612
Aquaculture and marine harvest laborers D 8613
Mine laborers D 8614
Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related laborers D 8615
Logging and forestry laborers D 8616
Labourers in mineral and metal processing D 9611
Labourers in metal fabrication D 9612
Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities D 9613
Labourers in wood, pulp, and paper processing D 9614
Labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing D 9615
Labourers in textile processing D 9616
Labourers in food and beverage processing D 9617
Laborers in fish and seafood processing D 9618
Other laborers in processing, manufacturing and utilities D 9619

How to Apply for a NOC Job

First of all you need to qualify for one of three Express Entry programs, including FSW, FST, and CEC. Each program has a minimum eligibility requirement. If you meet the eligibility requirements of one of the programs, you can create a profile in Express Entry System. 

To get the detailed information regarding Express Entry and how to apply, check out this guide

NOC jobs over Express Entry Programs

Federal Skilled Workers (FSW)

To quality, you must have experience in one of the following NOC job groups: 

  • Managerial jobs (skill type 0)
  • Professional jobs (skill level A)
  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill level B)

It is essential to show that you have performed the mentioned duties while working in your occupation. Every NOC comes with an occupational description that explains the job duties. 

Federal Skilled Trades (FST)

Here is the list of skilled trades that comes under the Federal Skilled Trades program. 

  • Industrial, electrical, and construction trades (Major Group 72)
  • Maintenance and equipment operation trades (Major Group 73)
  • Supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture, and related production (Major Group 82)
  • Processing, manufacturing, and utility supervisors and central control operators Major Group 92
  • Chefs and cooks (Minor Group 632)
  • Butchers and bakers (Minor Group 633)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

To quality under this program, you must have at least one year Canadian experience in past three years in following skill type or level: 

  • Managerial jobs (skill level 0)
  • Professional jobs (skill type A)
  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill type B)

Your work experience can be in 1 or more NOC 0, A or B jobs.

Quick FAQ

How can I find NOC jobs in Canada?

The National Occupational Classification is divided into 52 broad occupations and 645 detailed occupations.

  1. Check this link to understand the NOC hierarchy and structure.
  2. Browse through job lists, see which ones interest you, then use the occupational profiles to understand what’s involved. Here is the official NOC guide.
  3. Moreover, you can check the latest changes to NOC here.

What kind of work do NOC jobs involve?

NOC jobs span over various sectors and industries. So while you may not find an exact fit for what you do now, there are likely very similar positions that would offer some cross-over opportunities. 

How much money can I make with a NOC job?

Though pay varies significantly depending on industry and location, most NOCs offer a range from minimum wage to $70k+. See our salary database for details on specific roles and regions.

Where can I find more information about NOC jobs?

The National Occupational Classification is a collaborative effort between Statistics Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, and provincial/territorial governments. You can learn more on their websites. 

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