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Occupation (based on the National Occupational Classification [NOC] 2016). 'Occupation' refers to the kind of work performed in a job, a job being all the tasks carried out by a particular worker to complete his or her duties. An occupation is a set of jobs that are sufficiently similar in work performed. Kind of work is described in terms of tasks, duties and responsibilities, often including factors such as materials processed or used, the industrial processes used, the equipment used, and the products or services provided. Occupations are generally homogeneous with respect to skill type and skill level. Occupation applies to the contribution of labour to that part of economic activity that is within the production boundary defined for the System of National Accounts.
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Total - occupation - National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016
0 Management occupations
00 Senior management occupations
001 Legislators and senior management
01-05 Specialized middle management occupations
011 Administrative services managers
012 Managers in financial and business services
013 Managers in communication (except broadcasting)
021 Managers in engineering, architecture, science and information systems
031 Managers in health care
041 Managers in public administration
042 Managers in education and social and community services
043 Managers in public protection services
051 Managers in art, culture, recreation and sport
06 Middle management occupations in retail and wholesale trade and customer services
060 Corporate sales managers
062 Retail and wholesale trade managers
063 Managers in food service and accommodation
065 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
07-09 Middle management occupations in trades, transportation, production and utilities
071 Managers in construction and facility operation and maintenance
073 Managers in transportation
081 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
082 Managers in agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture
091 Managers in manufacturing and utilities
1 Business, finance and administration occupations
11 Professional occupations in business and finance
111 Auditors, accountants and investment professionals
112 Human resources and business service professionals
12 Administrative and financial supervisors and administrative occupations
121 Administrative services supervisors
122 Administrative and regulatory occupations
124 Office administrative assistants - General, legal and medical
125 Court reporters, transcriptionists, records management technicians and statistical officers
13 Finance, insurance and related business administrative occupations
131 Finance, insurance and related business administrative occupations
14 Office support occupations
141 General office workers
142 Office equipment operators
143 Financial, insurance and related administrative support workers
145 Library, correspondence and other clerks
15 Distribution, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
151 Mail and message distribution occupations
152 Supply chain logistics, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
2 Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
21 Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences
211 Physical science professionals
212 Life science professionals
213 Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers
214 Other engineers
215 Architects, urban planners and land surveyors
216 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
217 Computer and information systems professionals
22 Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences
221 Technical occupations in physical sciences
222 Technical occupations in life sciences
223 Technical occupations in civil, mechanical and industrial engineering
224 Technical occupations in electronics and electrical engineering
225 Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying, geomatics and meteorology
226 Other technical inspectors and regulatory officers
227 Transportation officers and controllers
228 Technical occupations in computer and information systems
3 Health occupations
30 Professional occupations in nursing
301 Professional occupations in nursing
31 Professional occupations in health (except nursing)
311 Physicians, dentists and veterinarians
312 Optometrists, chiropractors and other health diagnosing and treating professionals
313 Pharmacists, dietitians and nutritionists
314 Therapy and assessment professionals
32 Technical occupations in health
321 Medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
322 Technical occupations in dental health care
323 Other technical occupations in health care
34 Assisting occupations in support of health services
341 Assisting occupations in support of health services
4 Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services
40 Professional occupations in education services
401 University professors and post-secondary assistants
402 College and other vocational instructors
403 Secondary and elementary school teachers and educational counsellors
41 Professional occupations in law and social, community and government services
411 Judges, lawyers and Quebec notaries
415 Social and community service professionals
416 Policy and program researchers, consultants and officers
42 Paraprofessional occupations in legal, social, community and education services
421 Paraprofessional occupations in legal, social, community and education services
43 Occupations in front-line public protection services
431 Occupations in front-line public protection services
44 Care providers and educational, legal and public protection support occupations
441 Home care providers and educational support occupations
442 Legal and public protection support occupations
5 Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
51 Professional occupations in art and culture
511 Librarians, archivists, conservators and curators
512 Writing, translating and related communications professionals
513 Creative and performing artists
52 Technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
521 Technical occupations in libraries, public archives, museums and art galleries
522 Photographers, graphic arts technicians and technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
523 Announcers and other performers, n.e.c.
524 Creative designers and craftspersons
525 Athletes, coaches, referees and related occupations
6 Sales and service occupations
62 Retail sales supervisors and specialized sales occupations
621 Retail sales supervisors
622 Technical sales specialists in wholesale trade and retail and wholesale buyers
623 Insurance, real estate and financial sales occupations
63 Service supervisors and specialized service occupations
631 Service supervisors
632 Chefs and cooks
633 Butchers and bakers
634 Specialized occupations in personal and customer services
64 Sales representatives and salespersons - Wholesale and retail trade
641 Sales and account representatives - Wholesale trade (non-technical)
642 Retail salespersons
65 Service representatives and other customer and personal services occupations
651 Occupations in food and beverage service
652 Occupations in travel and accommodation
653 Tourism and amusement services occupations
654 Security guards and related security service occupations
655 Customer and information services representatives
656 Other occupations in personal service
66 Sales support occupations
661 Cashiers
662 Other sales support and related occupations
67 Service support and other service occupations, n.e.c.
671 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
672 Support occupations in accommodation, travel and amusement services
673 Cleaners
674 Other service support and related occupations, n.e.c.
7 Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
72 Industrial, electrical and construction trades
720 Contractors and supervisors, industrial, electrical and construction trades and related workers
723 Machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades
724 Electrical trades and electrical power line and telecommunications workers
725 Plumbers, pipefitters and gas fitters
727 Carpenters and cabinetmakers
728 Masonry and plastering trades
729 Other construction trades
73 Maintenance and equipment operation trades
730 Contractors and supervisors, maintenance trades and heavy equipment and transport operators
731 Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicles)
732 Automotive service technicians
733 Other mechanics and related repairers
736 Train crew operating occupations
737 Crane operators, drillers and blasters
738 Printing press operators and other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
74 Other installers, repairers and servicers and material handlers
744 Other installers, repairers and servicers
745 Longshore workers and material handlers
75 Transport and heavy equipment operation and related maintenance occupations
751 Motor vehicle and transit drivers
752 Heavy equipment operators
753 Other transport equipment operators and related maintenance workers
76 Trades helpers, construction labourers and related occupations
761 Trades helpers and labourers
762 Public works and other labourers, n.e.c.
8 Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
82 Supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production
821 Supervisors, logging and forestry
822 Contractors and supervisors, mining, oil and gas
823 Underground miners, oil and gas drillers and related occupations
824 Logging machinery operators
825 Contractors and supervisors, agriculture, horticulture and related operations and services
826 Fishing vessel masters and fishermen/women
84 Workers in natural resources, agriculture and related production
841 Mine service workers and operators in oil and gas drilling
842 Logging and forestry workers
843 Agriculture and horticulture workers
844 Other workers in fishing and trapping and hunting occupations
86 Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
861 Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
9 Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
92 Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
921 Supervisors, processing and manufacturing occupations
922 Supervisors, assembly and fabrication
923 Central control and process operators in processing and manufacturing
924 Utilities equipment operators and controllers
94 Processing and manufacturing machine operators and related production workers
941 Machine operators and related workers in mineral and metal products processing and manufacturing
942 Machine operators and related workers in chemical, plastic and rubber processing
943 Machine operators and related workers in pulp and paper production and wood processing and manufacturing
944 Machine operators and related workers in textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
946 Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and associated products processing
947 Printing equipment operators and related occupations
95 Assemblers in manufacturing
952 Mechanical, electrical and electronics assemblers
953 Other assembly and related occupations
96 Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
961 Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities