Canadian officials have highlighted some occupations that saw an increase in demand after the Alberta pandemic.
While many industries were adversely affected by the coronavirus-related shut downs, others actually have more job opportunities. These are temporary changes, however, as the job market is constantly changing.
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The federal government conducted research into how the pandemic affected each territory and province’s labour force. These are just a few of the findings from Alberta.
The order in which occupations are listed is determined by their National Occupational Classification code (NOC). The federal government offers a trend analysis tool that allows job seekers to view trends in the occupations they are interested.
1. Managers of computer and information systems (NOC 0213).
These technologists oversee and evaluate activities in organizations that manage digital software. Alberta’s employment situation in this field was unaffected by the declaration of the pandemic in March 2020.
Despite the pandemic, employment levels have risen in 2020 to match 2019.
An influx of people applied for government programs such as Employment Insurance and the newly created Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) after the pandemic.
The government employs these agents. These agents are responsible for enforcing laws and regulations relating to immigration, customs and border crossing, taxes and employment insurance, as well as other benefits.
These occupations saw a higher level of employment in 2020 than they did in 2019.
3. Information system analysts and consultants (NOC 2171)
These tech professionals did not lose their jobs. Information system analysts and consultants are responsible for analyzing and advising on information systems issues. They could be employed by tech consulting firms or may be independent contractors.
This occupation saw 47% more employment in April 2020 than April 2019. The year saw an increase in average employment levels.
4. 4. Database administrators and database analysts (NOC 2172).
Database analysts are typically employed by IT consulting firms to develop data management solutions, while data administrators implement data administration policies, standards, and models.
The pandemic in Alberta did not affect the employment of database administrators and analysts. Through 2020, the employment level trended up year over year.
This occupation is in high demand due to the shift towards increasing technology and data usage within organizations. Data analysts and administrators will be in high demand as information and databases become more important.
Software engineers and designers are responsible for integrating and maintaining a wide range of software. These people are employed in IT consulting and research and development companies. They could also be self-employed.
In Alberta, the tech industry has seen a significant increase in recent years. Calgary is home to more than 400 tech firms, which could lead to approximately 2,000 jobs, including software engineers and designers.
To ensure that buildings meet code, construction inspectors inspect existing and new infrastructure. They can be employed by government, construction companies, and architectural and civil engineering consulting businesses. They can also work for themselves.
The April 2020 pandemic did not affect employment in this profession. It was actually 24% higher than in 2019. In the months that followed, employment also increased year-over-year.
The construction industry was allowed to continue operating even when the coronavirus-related restrictions were at their highest. The residential sector was resilient, even though overall construction activity declined in 2020.
Registered nurses are overseen by nursing supervisors. This occupation saw a significant increase in employment in April 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. The average employment level in 2020 was up all year.
Because of their vital role in providing patient care, the pandemic led to an increase in the demand for nursing coordinators. Hospital staff were under increasing pressure as more patients were admitted and more hospitalizations occurred.
Mount Royal University will expand its Bridge to Canadian Nursing Program to provide more international nurses. These programs, which last between 10 and 14 months, will help international immigrants to get started in Alberta as nurses.
8. Pharmacists (NOC 3131)
The pharmacist can give prescriptions to patients and offer consultative services to healthcare providers. They can work in retail pharmacies or be self-employed. They are employed by both pharmaceutical companies and government agencies.
This occupation saw 14 percent more employment in April 2020 than the previous year.
Community pharmacists have been taking on greater responsibilities in Alberta’s health sector in recent years. They are now able to administer vaccines, alter prescriptions, manage patients’ diabetes and smoking addiction.
9. Noc 4153: Family, marriage and related counsellors
Counsellors who specialize in family, marriage, and other related areas can help people overcome their problems and reach their goals. They may work in private or public practice, as well as in counselling centres and government agencies.
This occupation saw 66% more employment in April 2020 than April 2019 and it remained this way throughout the year.
Mental health has been affected by the pandemic. This has made it more difficult for people with mental disorders to cope. It has also led to increased anxiety and isolation. The result was a rise in the demand for counselling services in Alberta. Some counselling offices offer online services to accommodate clients’ needs, despite restrictions in public health.
Reports and policies are created by health policy researchers. These researchers are employed by government agencies, hospitals, consulting institutions, universities, hospitals, and other non-governmental or international organizations.
This occupation saw a 24% increase in employment in April 2020, compared with April 2019.
This occupation was more in demand after COVID-19. The task of responding to the new coronavirus’ direct effects on health policy was the responsibility of program officers, consultants and health policy researchers. They had to ensure public safety and address the effects on the overall health of the population.
Social and community workers create programs that help clients with their personal and/or social problems. They can work in government agencies, mental healthcare agencies, group homes and other establishments.
This occupation saw 21 percent more employment in April 2020 than April 2019.
People most vulnerable were particularly affected by the recession that was caused by the pandemic. People who are struggling with addiction, homelessness, or victims of domestic abuse are the most severely affected. This has led to an increase in the demand for social workers who can help families and individuals access community services and seek help.
12. Contractors and supervisors, other trades in construction, installers, repairers, and servicers (NOC7205)
These skilled trades professionals oversee the activities of many trades people, including plastering and masonry trades. They may work for a variety of businesses or start their own business.
This occupation saw a 65% increase in employment in April 2020, compared to the previous year.
Construction was considered essential and continued to operate throughout the pandemic. The residential sector was a major source of construction employment.
These occupations are eligible for immigration programs
While you don’t necessarily need to have a job offer in order to apply for Canadian immigration, having work experience is a big help. According to a 2020 Statistics Canada study, having work experience in Canada is likely to increase your earning potential over the long-term.
These occupations all fall under the “skilled job” category. They may be eligible for one of three Federal High Skilled Programs, which are managed by Express Entry. Express Entry is not itself a program. It is an application management software for the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Canadian Experience Class.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) gives eligible candidates a score. Points can be awarded for skills, education, age, and official language proficiency, among other factors. The Invitation to Apply (ITA), for Canadian immigration, is given to the highest scoring candidates. They become Canadian permanent residents if they are approved by the federal government.
Express Entry is the most preferred immigration route. Express Entry programs, according to federal immigration targets for 2021, are expected to contribute to 108,500 permanent residents in this year’s United States.
Express Entry is the first step to the Alberta Express Entry Stream. Candidats with a minimum CRS score 300 or higher may be eligible to receive a provincial nomination through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.
An example of a Provincial Nominee Program is the Alberta Express Entry Stream. While the federal government is the ultimate authority in all immigration applications and decisions, a provincial nomination can help ensure that Canada gets a “Yes!”. Although they may be more expensive and take longer, they are still an option for those who would not otherwise be eligible for federal immigration programs.
The Alberta Opportunity Stream is another PNP in Alberta. This PNP is for skilled workers working in Alberta in an eligible occupation. While none of the 12 listed occupations are currently eligible, eligibility for occupations is dependent on other factors. This stream does not allow you to be nominated if you have less than 30 hours of work experience per week over six months.
Canada offers a temporary residence to permanent residency (TR to PR), pathway to essential workers who supported Canadians during the pandemic. These health care positions are eligible under the essential worker stream. Applications will be accepted until November 5th or until the intake limit of 20,000 is reached.