Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Using the National Occupational Classification

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) enables economists, statisticians and analysts a consistent method to collect data and describe and understand the nature of work.

It provides individuals and career guidance personnel a standardized language for describing the work performed by Canadians in the labour market.  It organizes over 30,000 job titles into 520 occupational group descriptions.

The NOC is developed and updated in partnership with Statistics Canada according to their 5-year Census cycles. The NOC is based on extensive occupational research and consultations conducted across the country, reflecting the evolution of the Canadian labour market.

The two currently used data bases are NOC 2006 and NOC 2011.

The NOC can be used for:
  • defining and collecting statistics;
  • managing information databases;
  • analyzing labour market trends; and
  • extracting practical career planning information.

The first organization of data is Occupational Structure by Skill Type
The first step for extracting information about a career is to select the desired skill type below to access the detailed Occupational Structure.

0 Management Occupations
1 Business, Finance and Administration Occupations
2 Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations
3 Health Occupations
4 Occupations in Social Science, Education, Government Service and Religion
5 Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport
6 Sales and Service Occupations
7 Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Related Occupations
8 Occupations Unique to Primary Industry
9 Occupations Unique to Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities

I picked sales (number 6) and got theFollowing

Detailed Occupational Structure

6.  Sales and Service Occupations


Major Group 62
Skilled Sales and Service Occupations
621 Sales and Service Supervisors
6211 Retail Trade Supervisors
6212 Food Service Supervisors
6213 Executive Housekeepers
6214 Dry Cleaning and Laundry Supervisors
6215 Cleaning Supervisors
6216 Other Service Supervisors
622 Technical Sales Specialists, Wholesale Trade
6221 Technical Sales Specialists - Wholesale Trade
623 Insurance and Real Estate Sales Occupations and Buyers
6231 Insurance Agents and Brokers
6232 Real Estate Agents and Salespersons
6233 Retail and Wholesale Buyers
6234 Grain Elevator Operators
624 Chefs and Cooks
6241 Chefs
6242 Cooks
625 Butchers and Bakers
6251 Butchers, Meat Cutters and Fishmongers - Retail and Wholesale
6252 Bakers
626 Police Officers and Firefighters
6261 Police Officers (Except Commissioned)
6262 Firefighters
627 Technical Occupations in Personal Service
6271 Hairstylists and Barbers
6272 Funeral Directors and Embalmers

Major Group 64
Intermediate Sales and Service Occupations
641 Sales Representatives, Wholesale Trade
6411 Sales Representatives - Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)
642 Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks
6421 Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks
643 Occupations in Travel and Accommodation
6431 Travel Counsellors
6432 Pursers and Flight Attendants
6433 Airline Sales and Service Agents
6434 Ticket Agents, Cargo Service Representatives and Related Clerks (Except Airline)
6435 Hotel Front Desk Clerks
644 Tour and Recreational Guides and Casino Occupations
6441 Tour and Travel Guides
6442 Outdoor Sport and Recreational Guides
6443 Casino Occupations
645 Occupations in Food and Beverage Service
6451 Maîtres d'hôtel and Hosts/Hostesses
6452 Bartenders
6453 Food and Beverage Servers
646 Other Occupations in Protective Service
6461 Sheriffs and Bailiffs
6462 Correctional Service Officers
6463 By-Law Enforcement and Other Regulatory Officers, n.e.c.
6464 Occupations Unique to the Armed Forces
6465 Other Protective Service Occupations
647 Childcare and Home Support Workers
6471 Visiting Homemakers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations
6472 Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Assistants
6474 Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers
648 Other Occupations in Personal Service
6481 Image, Social and Other Personal Consultants
6482 Estheticians, Electrologists and Related Occupations
6483 Pet Groomers and Animal Care Workers
6484 Other Personal Service Occupations

Major Group 66
Elemental Sales and Service Occupations
661 Cashiers
6611 Cashiers
662 Other Sales and Related Occupations
6621 Service Station Attendants
6622 Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers
6623 Other Elemental Sales Occupations
664 Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations
6641 Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations
665 Security Guards and Related Occupations
6651 Security Guards and Related Occupations
666 Cleaners
6661 Light Duty Cleaners
6662 Specialized Cleaners
6663 Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents
667 Other Occupations in Travel, Accommodation, Amusement and Recreation
6671 Operators and Attendants in Amusement, Recreation and Sport
6672 Other Attendants in Accommodation and Travel
668 Other Elemental Service Occupations
6681 Dry Cleaning and Laundry Occupations
6682 Ironing, Pressing and Finishing Occupations
6683 Other Elemental Service Occupations

I picked other for 6683 and got:

Results :75
  • attendant, beauty salon
  • attendant, car
  • attendant, checkroom
  • attendant, funeral home
  • attendant, fur storage
  • attendant, garage
  • attendant, laundromat
  • attendant, locker room
  • attendant, parking lot
  • attendant, sauna room
  • attendant, steam room
  • attendant, suntan salon
  • attendant, suntan studio
  • attendant, theatre
  • attendant, toll booth
  • attendant, turnstile
  • beauty salon attendant
  • beauty salon supplies attendant
  • butler
  • car attendant
  • car jockey
  • car lot attendant
  • car storage attendant
  • checkroom attendant
  • cloakroom attendant
  • coat and hat checker
  • coin laundry attendant
  • cremator
  • crematorium attendant
  • domestic servant
  • door attendant (except hotel)
  • doorman/woman (except hotel)
  • elevator operator
  • fare box collector
  • freight elevator operator
  • funeral home attendant
  • fur storage attendant
  • fur vault custodian
  • gallery attendant
  • garage attendant
  • garage jockey
  • hat check attendant
  • hotel valet
  • housesitter
  • jockey, car
  • jockey, garage
  • laundromat attendant
  • locker room attendant
  • motor vehicle attendant
  • motor vehicle jockey
  • movie usher
  • operator, elevator
  • pallbearer
  • parking lot attendant
  • parking valet
  • personal servant
  • sauna room attendant
  • servant, domestic
  • shampooer
  • shoe shiner
  • steam room attendant
  • suntan studio attendant
  • supplies attendant, beauty salon
  • tanning salon attendant
  • tanning studio attendant
  • theatre attendant
  • theatre usher
  • ticket taker
  • ticket taker and usher
  • toll booth attendant
  • toll collector
  • turnstile attendant
  • valet
  • valet, parking
  • vault custodian, furs
The NOC can provide lots of valuable information about careers in Canada. It is an excellent place to start reseaching careers in Canada.

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