National Occupational Classification

The NOC provides a standardized language for describing the work performed by Canadians and serves as a framework to:

Using a standard way of organizing occupational information, the NOC supports various career information resources, such as:

The basic principle of classification of the NOC is the kind of work performed. It represents the main source of information for identifying and grouping occupations.

NOC users include:

ESDC, in partnership with Statistics Canada, update the NOC on an ongoing basis. The objective of revisions is to ensure that the information of the NOC is accurate and current.

Career Handbook - Third Edition

The Career Handbook is the counselling component of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.

The Career Handbook details worker characteristics and other occupation indicators. A wide range of professionals uses the Career Handbook to help people make informed career decision. It includes information on:

  • aptitudes
  • interests
  • relation with data, people, things
  • physical activities
  • environmental conditions
  • education/training
  • career progression
  • work settings

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