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National Occupational Classification 2021

On November 16, 2022, we switched to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

This page contains information for the 2016 version of the NOC.

We use the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system to classify jobs (occupations). Jobs are grouped based on the type of

  • job duties
  • work a person does

For immigration purposes, the main job groups are:

  • Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs, such as:
    • restaurant managers
    • mine managers
    • shore captains (fishing)
  • Skill Level A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university, such as:
    • doctors
    • dentists
    • architects
  • Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, such as:
    • chefs
    • plumbers
    • electricians
  • Skill Level C: intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training, such as:
    • industrial butchers
    • long-haul truck drivers
    • food and beverage servers
  • Skill Level D: labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training, such as:
    • fruit pickers
    • cleaning staff
    • oil field workers

Our immigration programs use the NOC to decide if a job or type of work experience meets their eligibility. We consider “skilled” jobs those with NOC Skill Type 0, A or B. We assess jobs against the 2016 version of the NOC.

If you want to apply as a skilled worker, find your job title, code and skill level or type in the NOC.

If you want to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant (Express Entry)

Your job, and the work you have done in the past, must be skill type 0, or level A or B to use Express Entry. The Express Entry system manages applications for permanent residence if you want be considered:

If you want to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant (Atlantic Immigration Program)

Your work experience must be skill type/level 0, A, B, or C.

If your job is skill level C or D

People who come to work on a temporary basis are not permanent residents. However, some go on to immigrate here on a permanent basis.

Find your job title, code and skill type

Use this table to find the NOC information that best matches your jobs:

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

  1. Enter your job title in the “Filter items” field
    • As you type words, the table will change to display related words.
  2. Write down the numeric code shown on the left column.
    • For example: 7253
  3. Write down the NOC title shown on the centre column.
    • For example: Gas fitters
  4. Write down the skill level or type shown on the right column.
    • For example: B
  5. 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.
NOC  Title Skill level or type
0011 Legislators 0
0012 Senior government managers and officials 0
0013 Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services 0
0014 Senior managers - health, education, social and community services and membership organizations 0
0015 Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. 0
0016 Senior managers - construction, transportation, production and utilities 0
0111 Financial managers 0
0112 Human resources managers 0
0113 Purchasing managers 0
0114 Other administrative services managers 0
0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers 0
0122 Banking, credit and other investment managers 0
0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers 0
0125 Other business services managers 0
0131 Telecommunication carriers managers 0
0132 Postal and courier services managers 0
0211 Engineering managers 0
0212 Architecture and science managers 0
0213 Computer and information systems managers 0
0311 Managers in health care 0
0411 Government managers - health and social policy development and program administration 0
0412 Government managers - economic analysis, policy development and program administration 0
0413 Government managers - education policy development and program administration 0
0414 Other managers in public administration 0
0421 Administrators - post-secondary education and vocational training 0
0422 School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education 0
0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services 0
0431 Commissioned police officers 0
0432 Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers 0
0433 Commissioned officers of the Canadian Armed Forces 0
0511 Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers 0
0512 Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts 0
0513 Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors 0
0601 Corporate sales managers 0
0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers 0
0631 Restaurant and food service managers 0
0632 Accommodation service managers 0
0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c. 0
0711 Construction managers 0
0712 Home building and renovation managers 0
0714 Facility operation and maintenance managers 0
0731 Managers in transportation 0
0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing 0
0821 Managers in agriculture 0
0822 Managers in horticulture 0
0823 Managers in aquaculture 0
0911 Manufacturing managers 0
0912 Utilities managers 0
1111 Financial auditors and accountants A
1112 Financial and investment analysts A
1113 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers A
1114 Other financial officers A
1121 Human resources professionals A
1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting A
1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations A
1211 Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers B
1212 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers B
1213 Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers B
1214 Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations B
1215 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations B
1221 Administrative officers B
1222 Executive assistants B
1223 Human resources and recruitment officers B
1224 Property administrators B
1225 Purchasing agents and officers B
1226 Conference and event planners B
1227 Court officers and justices of the peace B
1228 Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers B
1241 Administrative assistants B
1242 Legal administrative assistants B
1243 Medical administrative assistants B
1251 Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations B
1252 Health information management occupations B
1253 Records management technicians B
1254 Statistical officers and related research support occupations B
1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers B
1312 Insurance adjusters and claims examiners B
1313 Insurance underwriters B
1314 Assessors, valuators and appraisers B
1315 Customs, ship and other brokers B
1411 General office support workers C
1414 Receptionists C
1415 Personnel clerks C
1416 Court clerks C
1422 Data entry clerks C
1423 Desktop publishing operators and related occupations C
1431 Accounting and related clerks C
1432 Payroll administrators C
1434 Banking, insurance and other financial clerks C
1435 Collectors C
1451 Library assistants and clerks C
1452 Correspondence, publication and regulatory clerks C
1454 Survey interviewers and statistical clerks C
1511 Mail, postal and related workers C
1512 Letter carriers C
1513 Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors C
1521 Shippers and receivers C
1522 Storekeepers and partspersons C
1523 Production logistics co-ordinators C
1524 Purchasing and inventory control workers C
1525 Dispatchers C
1526 Transportation route and crew schedulers C
2111 Physicists and astronomers A
2112 Chemists A
2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers A
2114 Meteorologists and climatologists A
2115 Other professional occupations in physical sciences A
2121 Biologists and related scientists A
2122 Forestry professionals A
2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists A
2131 Civil engineers A
2132 Mechanical engineers A
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers A
2134 Chemical engineers A
2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers A
2142 Metallurgical and materials engineers A
2143 Mining engineers A
2144 Geological engineers A
2145 Petroleum engineers A
2146 Aerospace engineers A
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) A
2148 Other professional engineers, n.e.c. A
2151 Architects A
2152 Landscape architects A
2153 Urban and land use planners A
2154 Land surveyors A
2161 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries A
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants A
2172 Database analysts and data administrators A
2173 Software engineers and designers A
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers A
2175 Web designers and developers A
2211 Chemical technologists and technicians B
2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians B
2221 Biological technologists and technicians B
2222 Agricultural and fish products inspectors B
2223 Forestry technologists and technicians B
2224 Conservation and fishery officers B
2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists B
2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians B
2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians B
2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians B
2234 Construction estimators B
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians B
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) B
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics B
2244 Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors B
2251 Architectural technologists and technicians B
2252 Industrial designers B
2253 Drafting technologists and technicians B
2254 Land survey technologists and technicians B
2255 Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology B
2261 Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians B
2262 Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers B
2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety B
2264 Construction inspectors B
2271 Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors B
2272 Air traffic controllers and related occupations B
2273 Deck officers, water transport B
2274 Engineer officers, water transport B
2275 Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators B
2281 Computer network technicians B
2282 User support technicians B
2283 Information systems testing technicians B
3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors A
3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses A
3111 Specialist physicians A
3112 General practitioners and family physicians A
3113 Dentists A
3114 Veterinarians A
3121 Optometrists A
3122 Chiropractors A
3124 Allied primary health practitioners A
3125 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating A
3131 Pharmacists A
3132 Dietitians and nutritionists A
3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists A
3142 Physiotherapists A
3143 Occupational therapists A
3144 Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment A
3211 Medical laboratory technologists B
3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants B
3213 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians B
3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists B
3215 Medical radiation technologists B
3216 Medical sonographers B
3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. B
3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health) B
3221 Denturists B
3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists B
3223 Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants B
3231 Opticians B
3232 Practitioners of natural healing B
3233 Licensed practical nurses B
3234 Paramedical occupations B
3236 Massage therapists B
3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment B
3411 Dental assistants C
3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates C
3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services C
4011 University professors and lecturers A
4012 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants A
4021 College and other vocational instructors A
4031 Secondary school teachers A
4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers A
4033 Educational counsellors A
4111 Judges A
4112 Lawyers and Quebec notaries A
4151 Psychologists A
4152 Social workers A
4153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors A
4154 Professional occupations in religion A
4155 Probation and parole officers and related occupations A
4156 Employment counsellors A
4161 Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers A
4162 Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts A
4163 Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants A
4164 Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers A
4165 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers A
4166 Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers A
4167 Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers A
4168 Program officers unique to government A
4169 Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c. A
4211 Paralegal and related occupations B
4212 Social and community service workers B
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants B
4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities B
4216 Other instructors B
4217 Other religious occupations B
4311 Police officers (except commissioned) B
4312 Firefighters B
4313 Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces B
4411 Home child care providers C
4412 Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations C
4413 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants C
4421 Sheriffs and bailiffs C
4422 Correctional service officers C
4423 By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers, n.e.c. C
5111 Librarians A
5112 Conservators and curators A
5113 Archivists A
5121 Authors and writers A
5122 Editors A
5123 Journalists A
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters A
5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations A
5132 Conductors, composers and arrangers A
5133 Musicians and singers A
5134 Dancers A
5135 Actors and comedians A
5136 Painters, sculptors and other visual artists A
5211 Library and public archive technicians B
5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries B
5221 Photographers B
5222 Film and video camera operators B
5223 Graphic arts technicians B
5224 Broadcast technicians B
5225 Audio and video recording technicians B
5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts B
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts B
5231 Announcers and other broadcasters B
5232 Other performers, n.e.c. B
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators B
5242 Interior designers and interior decorators B
5243 Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers B
5244 Artisans and craftspersons B
5245 Patternmakers - textile, leather and fur products B
5251 Athletes B
5252 Coaches B
5253 Sports officials and referees B
5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness B
6211 Retail sales supervisors B
6221 Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade B
6222 Retail and wholesale buyers B
6231 Insurance agents and brokers B
6232 Real estate agents and salespersons B
6235 Financial sales representatives B
6311 Food service supervisors B
6312 Executive housekeepers B
6313 Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors B
6314 Customer and information services supervisors B
6315 Cleaning supervisors B
6316 Other services supervisors B
6321 Chefs B
6322 Cooks B
6331 Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers - retail and wholesale B
6332 Bakers B
6341 Hairstylists and barbers B
6342 Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners B
6343 Shoe repairers and shoemakers B
6344 Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations B
6345 Upholsterers B
6346 Funeral directors and embalmers B
6411 Sales and account representatives - wholesale trade (non-technical) C
6421 Retail salespersons C
6511 Maîtres d'hôtel and hosts/hostesses C
6512 Bartenders C
6513 Food and beverage servers C
6521 Travel counsellors C
6522 Pursers and flight attendants C
6523 Airline ticket and service agents C
6524 Ground and water transport ticket agents, cargo service representatives and related clerks C
6525 Hotel front desk clerks C
6531 Tour and travel guides C
6532 Outdoor sport and recreational guides C
6533 Casino occupations C
6541 Security guards and related security service occupations C
6551 Customer services representatives - financial institutions C
6552 Other customer and information services representatives C
6561 Image, social and other personal consultants C
6562 Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations C
6563 Pet groomers and animal care workers C
6564 Other personal service occupations C
6611 Cashiers D
6621 Service station attendants D
6622 Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers D
6623 Other sales related occupations D
6711 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations D
6721 Support occupations in accommodation, travel and facilities set-up services D
6722 Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport D
6731 Light duty cleaners D
6732 Specialized cleaners D
6733 Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents D
6741 Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations D
6742 Other service support occupations, n.e.c. D
7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations B
7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations B
7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades B
7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades B
7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers B
7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors B
7232 Tool and die makers B
7233 Sheet metal workers B
7234 Boilermakers B
7235 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters B
7236 Ironworkers B
7237 Welders and related machine operators B
7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system) B
7242 Industrial electricians B
7243 Power system electricians B
7244 Electrical power line and cable workers B
7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers B
7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers B
7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians B
7251 Plumbers B
7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers B
7253 Gas fitters B
7271 Carpenters B
7272 Cabinetmakers B
7281 Bricklayers B
7282 Concrete finishers B
7283 Tilesetters B
7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers B
7291 Roofers and shinglers B
7292 Glaziers B
7293 Insulators B
7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators) B
7295 Floor covering installers B
7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades B
7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews B
7303 Supervisors, printing and related occupations B
7304 Supervisors, railway transport operations B
7305 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators B
7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics B
7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics B
7313 Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics B
7314 Railway carmen/women B
7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors B
7316 Machine fitters B
7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics B
7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers B
7322 Motor vehicle body repairers B
7331 Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics B
7332 Appliance servicers and repairers B
7333 Electrical mechanics B
7334 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics B
7335 Other small engine and small equipment repairers B
7361 Railway and yard locomotive engineers B
7362 Railway conductors and brakemen/women B
7371 Crane operators B
7372 Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction B
7373 Water well drillers B
7381 Printing press operators B
7384 Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c. B
7441 Residential and commercial installers and servicers C
7442 Waterworks and gas maintenance workers C
7444 Pest controllers and fumigators C
7445 Other repairers and servicers C
7451 Longshore workers C
7452 Material handlers C
7511 Transport truck drivers C
7512 Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators C
7513 Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs C
7514 Delivery and courier service drivers C
7521 Heavy equipment operators (except crane) C
7522 Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers C
7531 Railway yard and track maintenance workers C
7532 Water transport deck and engine room crew C
7533 Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations C
7534 Air transport ramp attendants C
7535 Other automotive mechanical installers and servicers C
7611 Construction trades helpers and labourers D
7612 Other trades helpers and labourers D
7621 Public works and maintenance labourers D
7622 Railway and motor transport labourers D
8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry B
8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying B
8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services B
8231 Underground production and development miners B
8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers B
8241 Logging machinery operators B
8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers B
8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services B
8261 Fishing masters and officers B
8262 Fishermen/women B
8411 Underground mine service and support workers C
8412 Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators C
8421 Chain saw and skidder operators C
8422 Silviculture and forestry workers C
8431 General farm workers C
8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers C
8441 Fishing vessel deckhands C
8442 Trappers and hunters C
8611 Harvesting labourers D
8612 Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers D
8613 Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers D
8614 Mine labourers D
8615 Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers D
8616 Logging and forestry labourers D
9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing B
9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities B
9213 Supervisors, food and beverage processing B
9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing B
9215 Supervisors, forest products processing B
9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing B
9221 Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling B
9222 Supervisors, electronics manufacturing B
9223 Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing B
9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing B
9226 Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing B
9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly B
9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing B
9232 Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing B
9235 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators B
9241 Power engineers and power systems operators B
9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators B
9411 Machine operators, mineral and metal processing C
9412 Foundry workers C
9413 Glass forming and finishing machine operators and glass cutters C
9414 Concrete, clay and stone forming operators C
9415 Inspectors and testers, mineral and metal processing C
9416 Metalworking and forging machine operators C
9417 Machining tool operators C
9418 Other metal products machine operators C
9421 Chemical plant machine operators C
9422 Plastics processing machine operators C
9423 Rubber processing machine operators and related workers C
9431 Sawmill machine operators C
9432 Pulp mill machine operators C
9433 Papermaking and finishing machine operators C
9434 Other wood processing machine operators C
9435 Paper converting machine operators C
9436 Lumber graders and other wood processing inspectors and graders C
9437 Woodworking machine operators C
9441 Textile fibre and yarn, hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers C
9442 Weavers, knitters and other fabric making occupations C
9445 Fabric, fur and leather cutters C
9446 Industrial sewing machine operators C
9447 Inspectors and graders, textile, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing C
9461 Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing C
9462 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers C
9463 Fish and seafood plant workers C
9465 Testers and graders, food and beverage processing C
9471 Plateless printing equipment operators C
9472 Camera, platemaking and other prepress occupations C
9473 Binding and finishing machine operators C
9474 Photographic and film processors C
9521 Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors C
9522 Motor vehicle assemblers, inspectors and testers C
9523 Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers C
9524 Assemblers and inspectors, electrical appliance, apparatus and equipment manufacturing C
9525 Assemblers, fabricators and inspectors, industrial electrical motors and transformers C
9526 Mechanical assemblers and inspectors C
9527 Machine operators and inspectors, electrical apparatus manufacturing C
9531 Boat assemblers and inspectors C
9532 Furniture and fixture assemblers and inspectors C
9533 Other wood products assemblers and inspectors C
9534 Furniture finishers and refinishers C
9535 Plastic products assemblers, finishers and inspectors C
9536 Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators C
9537 Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors C
9611 Labourers in mineral and metal processing D
9612 Labourers in metal fabrication D
9613 Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities D
9614 Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing D
9615 Labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing D
9616 Labourers in textile processing D
9617 Labourers in food and beverage processing D
9618 Labourers in fish and seafood processing D
9619 Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities D

If you couldn’t find your NOC in the above table

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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