The COVID-19 pandemic had a profound impact on our work practices.
While many sectors were adversely affected by the pandemic, tourism and hospitality sectors were among them. Some sectors however saw an increase in job vacancies.
The federal government conducted research to determine how the pandemic was affecting the labour force of each territory and province. These are the 10 most in-demand jobs during the pandemic in B.C. The following jobs are listed alphabetically by their National Occupational Classification code (NOC).
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These professionals verify, process and collect payroll information. These professionals also calculate the pay and benefits for employees of an organization, as well as maintaining the payroll record.
The employment rate for this job has dropped slightly since the COVID-19 pandemic (a 16.4% drop in April 2020, compared to April 2019,).
As demand rises, however, employment levels started to recover. Employers are faced with unexpected revenue losses due to the pandemic and need payroll administrators to help them manage their employee costs.
2. 2. Information system analysts and consultants (NOC 2171)
These professionals evaluate and test system requirements, and then implement policies and procedures for information systems development. These professionals also offer their opinions on information system issues.
After the pandemic began, this occupation experienced an increase in popularity and will likely continue to rise. Many businesses depend on employees working remotely. They needed secure data access and innovative technology to do this.
3. Interactive media developers and computer programmers (NOC 2174).
Computer programmers create, modify, integrate, and test computer code. This includes software, data processing, operating systems, communications software, and software that handles it. Interactive media developers are focused on mobile apps, training programs, computer games, film, and other media.
They create, modify, integrate, and test computer code for data processing, film, video, and other purposes.
After the outbreak of the pandemic, the employment rate for these professionals increased significantly. This is because it provides the necessary computer software to employees who work remotely.
4. Noc 4413: Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants
These teacher assistants support students and assist teachers in teaching. They are usually focused on teaching and managing behaviour.
This job saw an increase in employment by 44% between April 2019 and April 2020.
Many schools in B.C. had to shift to online learning because of COVID-related-restrictions. Funding was increased to support safety and health measures, as well as new learning groups and teacher assistants, after in-class learning resumed.
Teachers assistants will continue to play an important role in the classroom, regardless of whether it is online, in-person or both.
Technical sales specialists are professionals who sell technical goods to governments and commercial and industrial establishments. Others work in wholesale commerce.
These professionals saw a significant drop in employment after the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. However, technical sales specialists saw a recovery in May and their employment continued to rise.
6. Cooks (NOC 6322)
Cooks prepare and cook food. They can be found in hotels, restaurants, hospitals, educational institutions, and other establishments.
In March 2020, restaurants were closed to dine in customers and many chefs lost their jobs. Many restaurants switched to online ordering and home delivery which made it easier to hire more chefs.
Our commercial kitchens can also be rented to cooks. These kitchens can deliver food, but they are not connected to restaurants. Even though they don’t work in traditional settings, this means that there is a greater demand for chefs.
7. Janitors, caretakers, and building superintendents (NOC6733).
They clean, maintain and repair residential, commercial and institutional buildings. The operation of the building is the responsibility of the building superintendents.
After the declaration of the pandemic in March 2020, they saw an increase in demand. This is due to an increased demand for heavy-duty cleaning and sanitation in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
8. Material handlers (NOC 7452)
Material handlers are responsible for moving, loading, unloading and moving materials. This job saw a 91% increase in employment (compared to April 2019), and almost doubled in employment.
This is due to the increased demand for loading and unloading essential items such as food, cleaning products, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
9. Drivers of transport trucks (NOC 7511).
Truck drivers transport goods short distances interprovincially as well as internationally using heavy trucks. These professionals transport goods to different industries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The B.C. Truckers Association and B.C. During COVID-19, the government made modifications to meet the needs of truck drivers, including inspection stations, rest areas, and food trucks.
10. Underground development and production miners (NOC 8231)
They operate and blast mining machinery that extracts coal and ore from underground mines. To make mining operations easier, they also build tunnels and passageways.
After the declaration of the pandemic, employment dropped dramatically for these professionals. There are still new opportunities for employment and a higher demand.
How to immigrate to B.C. If you are working in any of these occupations, it is possible to immigrate to B.C.
Canada’s provinces have created economic immigration to meet labour market needs and support Canada’s growth. For those who have worked in the most in-demand occupations of a province, there are paths to permanent residence.
You may be eligible to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry if you have worked in the following occupations:
Information system analysts and consultants
Computer programmers and developers of interactive media;
Technical sales specialists
Underground production and development miners
These jobs are “skilled” as per their NOC codes. You can apply for one of Canada’s main economic classes.
Federal Skilled Worker Program
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
British Columbia also has its own Provincial Nominee Program. Express Entry profiles open the door to enhanced PNPs in the province, such as Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC).
EEBC permits skilled workers, international graduates and health care professionals to apply for a nomination for permanent residence in a province.
British Columbia holds regular B.C. Tech draws. These draws help the technology sector attract and keep skilled workers they need to expand the industry. Tech draws in the province focus on 29 eligible occupations. These include information system analysts and consultants, computer programmers, and interactive media developers.
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has additional immigration streams for people with work experience in lower-skilled occupations.