NOC Canada 2022 List: Find Your Occupation In- Demand List 

The National Occupation Classification system  is a four-digit occupational code used to categorize an occupation. Read more

What is the NOC list of Canada?

The National Occupational Classification list is a database that is developed by the government of Canada. It categorizes all occupations in the country present in the Canadian labor market.

Express Entry: If you want to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry you must be grouped in must be skill type 0, A or B.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot: If you want to immigrate to Canada through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot your work experience must be skill type/level 0, A, B, or C.

Finding your NOC code and skill level

This job category is for managerial jobs like:

  • IT & Software Managers
  • Marketing Managers
  • HR Managers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Construction Manager

This job category is for specialists with a relevant degree like:

  • Doctors
  • Engineers
  • Scientists
  • Professors

This type is for skilled trade workers like:

  • Electricians
  • Mechanics
  • Carpenters
  • Plumbers

These jobs can be availed by professionals with just a high school qualification:

  • Restaurant Servers
  • Truck Drivers
  • Construction Workers

What should you do if you don’t have NOC?

You should check for other NOC codes if you don't have a NOC. Select a NOC code that will be relevant to your job.

List of high-demand occupations in Canada

The most demanding jobs in Canada are listed below.

NOC Code

Job Title


Finance Manager


HR Manager


Project Manager


Computer and Information Systems Manager


Constructions Managers


Financial Auditors and Accountants


Financial and Investment Analyst


Financial Officers


Supervisor, General Officer, and Administrative Support Workers




Electrical and Electronics Engineer


Web Designers and Developers


Registered Nurse


Business Development Officers




Sales Associate


Heavy-duty Mechanic




Flying Crews


Transport Truck Drivers


Heavy Equipment Operators


Construction Trade Helpers and Labourers


How many days will it take to get NOC?

It will take 3-4 hours to get a NOC through initial evaluation services. It will take 48 hours to get the NOC at the most.

What should you do if your efficiency matches multiple NOC codes?

If your efficiency matches more than one occupation, then you cannot claim both. The process mentioned below will  help you to claim multiple NOC code.
  • You need to provide a reference employment letter from your past employers to claim a NOC code.
  • You must resolve which one best fits your experience.
  • Visa officers at Kansas Overseas will review your application thoroughly with the NOC matrix.  They will reject your application if your NOC code doesn’t match with the occupation.

Is my option to acquire a job impossible as I do not have a license for that NOC?

Apply under the NOC your work experience related closest to. You will not be refused if you don't have a license, but it is very common to have issues when the description of your duties does not match your NOC. Your best option would be to contact an immgration consultancy who will guide you correctly.

Skill Levels and Skill Types of a NOC

NOC skill level identifies occupations by the extent and type of education. Different NOC skill levels are listed below.

Skill Level

Job Opportunities

Skill level zero (0)

IT Managers, Marketing Managers, HR Managers, Financial Managers, Civil, Electrical & Mechanical Engineers

Skill level A

Doctors, Dentists, Architects

Skill Level B

Chefs, Plumbers, Electricians

Skill level C

Industrial butchers, Long haul truck drivers, Food and beverage servers

Skill Level D

Fruit Pickers, Cleaning staff, Oil field workers.


NOC skill type identifies different industries of the occupation. Various kinds of NOC skill types are discussed below.


Skill Type

Job Opportunity

Skill type 0

Management occupation

Skill type 1

Business, finance, and administration occupations

Skill type 2

Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

Skill type 3

Health occupations.

Skill type 4

Occupation in education, law, and social, community, and government services

Skill type 5

Occupation in art, culture, and relation in sports

Skill type 6

Sales and service occupations

Skill type 7

Trades, transports, and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill type 8

Natural resources, agriculture, and related production occupations

Skill type 9

Occupation and manufacturing in utilities.


The first digit of most NOC codes refers to the skill type of the job.

National occupational classification Code or NOC code is just a number. You can identify your correct NOC by searching in the NOC database. Follow the steps to find your correct NOC:

  • Check your NOC using your job title. The job duties must relate to your current position.
  • Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence through skilled worker programs and Express Entry Programs. To gain approval, submit a reference letter from current previous employers.

What are some other programs you are eligible for with a NOC?

There are various programs you are eligible for with a NOC code.

Depending on the skill type of the NOC codes they are :

  • Skill type 0, A, and B people are eligible for three federal programs of express entry. They are also eligible for the Atlantic High Skill Program of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.
  • Skill type C people are eligible for the intermediate skill program of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.
  • Skill type C and D people are eligible for Provincial Nominee Programs. These programs are Prince Edward Island PNP. The Northwest Territories  PNP, the Yukon PNP, and others.

It is essential to add that you can get permanent citizenship in Canada with skill type 0, A, and B NOC applications.

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Other Important FAQs

Why is the NOC system used?

The NOC system is used to classify the jobs. These jobs are grouped based on the type of:

  • Job duties
  • Work a person does

What is an employment reference letter?

An employment reference letter provides the following information about the applicant that is required during the immigration process.
  • Job title
  • Salary
  • The average hours of work per week
  • The dates of employment
  • The detailed list of employment duties and responsibilities

Where can you get a reference employment letter from?

You can get a reference employment letter from your employer.

What can you do if you cannot get a reference letter from your employer?

If you cannot get a reference employment letter from your employer, then you have to explain it to the visa officer. Provide supporting documents for your NOC code to the visa officer. These supporting documents include a letter that explains you cannot provide a reference employment letter.

Why is NOC used?

NOC is used for immigration and job purposes.

  • You can select your NOC for immigration purposes. Then you may consult an immigration professional to choose a correct NOC code.
  • Government job boards such as job banks post their jobs using NOC code. So, you can effortlessly search for jobs using NOC codes.

How to immigrate to Canada if my job is skill level C or D?

If your job is skill level C or D

  • you may be able to come to Canada as a provincial nominee (all skill types/levels),
  • you may be able to come to Canada through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (skill type/level 0, A, B, or C), or
  • you may be able to work here for up to two years.

What are NOC major and minor groups? Explain with examples.

NOC major groups are the numbers that refer to the first two digits of a NOC code together.

Example: Major group 31 refers to an occupation in health ministry (skill type 3). It generally requires university education (skill level A). All the NOC codes of these jobs begin with 31. Such as dentists(3113), pharmacists ( 3131), nutritionists (3132) etc.

NOC minor groups are the numbers that refer to the first three digits of a NOC code. They pair within a major group.

Example: Both judges (4111) and lawyers (4112) are in a minor group 411. The first two digits belong to the major group 41.

What is the importance of Canada’s NOC?

National Occupational Classification is very important to Canadian office administrators. The IRCC uses the NOC system to analyze the skill shortage in Canada. The importance of the NOC system of Canada is listed below.
  • The NOC helps both the Canadian government and employers to choose the right candidate. The NOC system identifies the correct candidate according to the job duties.
  • The NOC system provides information about each occupation. This information includes job title, description, and responsibilities related to the occupation.
  • The NOC system is significantly important to the Canadian Immigration Process. You cannot apply for other programs without a NOC code.
  • NOC skill level identifies the occupation and classifies them based on type and amount of training.

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