About the National Occupational Classification

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national system for describing occupations.

The NOC contains about 30,000 job titles in each of Canada’s official languages. While the listing in the Index is not meant to be exhaustive, it does provide extensive coverage of commonly used and understood titles in the economy and of more specific titles found in many occupational areas.

Disclaimer: This table is for your convenience. If any part conflicts with the information on the NOC website, assume that the NOC website is correct.

The NOC is the national reference on occupations in Canada. It provides a systematic classification structure that categorizes the entire range of occupational activity in Canada for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating occupational data for labour market information and employment-related program administration.

Occupational information is of critical importance for the provision of labour market and career intelligence, skills development, occupational forecasting, labour supply and demand analysis, employment equity, and numerous other programs and services.

Occupation and 2-Digit NOC Code
1 21 – Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences
2 11 – Professional occupations in business and finance
3 01-05 – Specialized middle management occupations
4 12 – Administrative and financial supervisors and administrative occupations
5 22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences
6 40 – Professional occupations in education services
7 63 – Service supervisors and specialized service occupations
8 62 – Retail sales supervisors and specialized sales occupations
9 41 – Professional occupations in law and social, community and government services
10 06 – Middle management occupations in retail and wholesale trade and customer services
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Skill Type 0 (zero)

Management jobs.

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Skill Level A

Professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university.

Skill Level B

Technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice.

Skill Level C

Intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training.

Skill Level D

Labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training

How to find your job title, code and skill type

Go to the NOC Website and search for your NOC using the NOC title or numeric code.
Make sure the main duties listed match what you did at your job.
If they don’t, you’ll need to find a different job title with duties that match yours.

Go to the search page of the NOC website, and do the following:

  1. Search your job title or the NOC code.
  2. Find the closest match in the list.
  3. Make sure the main duties listed match what you did at your job.
    • if they don’t, you will need to find a different job title with duties that match yours.
  4. Write down the numeric code and job title.
    • For example: 7253 Gas fitters
  5. Enter the number in the “Filter items” field of the above table and note the skill level or type in the last column.
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