The pandemic has completely changed how Canadians work. While some industries have experienced significant job losses, others demand even more skill.
The federal government conducted study regarding the impact of the pandemic on the labour force in each province and territory. Researchers in Ontario looked at 109 occupations that witnessed significant changes in employment compared to pre-COVID days.
Following are some of the occupations that have seen an increase in demand for labour during the pandemic, based on these data. Their National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes are mentioned first.
For more information on specific employment chances, the federal government provides a trend analysis tool that allows job seekers to evaluate patterns in their desired occupations.
1. Managers of advertising, marketing, and public relations (NOC 0124)
Despite the fact that traditional advertising spending has decreased as a result of the pandemic, which has had an impact on jobs, the sector is progressively moving digital. Furthermore, preliminary budgets indicate that corporations intend to increase advertising spending, particularly digital advertising.
As a result, those who are familiar with modern technical approaches will have more career prospects.
2. Managers of computer and information systems (NOC 0213)
Companies that used to be unable to allow employees to work from home have become increasingly reliant on computer and information systems managers.
Many businesses want to use telework in the long run. More virtual services, such as e-commerce, medical appointments, job fairs, and others, may also necessitate the hiring of more IT personnel.
As businesses adjust to new methods of working, all of these trends are projected to increase demand for tech workers.
3. Biologists and scientists in related fields (NOC 2121)
Greater vaccines and treatments will be developed, resulting in more career prospects for people working in these fields.
Furthermore, because this generation has firsthand experience with a pandemic, heightened awareness is projected to lead to additional virus research opportunities.
4. Consultants and analysts in information systems (NOC 2171)
Information systems analysts and consultants, like other IT professions, have played a critical role in assisting firms in making the move to remote work. During the lockdown in Ontario, they were considered essential workers.
A number of other variables indicate that there will be a long-term demand for labour in this industry. More businesses are, for example, increasing their product and service offerings online. As the number of digital processes increases, so does the potential of cyber-security breaches.
Additionally, rising interest in applying AI solutions for various divisions of business may result in more employment vacancies for artificial intelligence analysts.
5. Database administrators and analysts (NOC 2172)
The government and other institutions have prioritised case tracking and COVID-19 data analysis throughout the pandemic. These employees were heavily involved in the COVID data analysis.
These job prospects will be bolstered by sustained interest in COVID-19 data and analysis.
Furthermore, increased demand for virtual health and social services has raised issues about data collecting, storage, and administration. Jobs in these occupations will grow as a result of the shift to online solutions.
6. Developers of interactive media and computer programmers (NOC 2174)
These employees were in high demand during the start of the pandemic to assist in the creation of COVID-related digital media to aid in information dissemination. Because of the nature of their jobs, many were already set up to work from home.
Opportunities for these individuals will develop as demand for digital products and services rises, especially as the global e-learning market expands.
The provincial government of Ontario is collaborating with a number of organisations to develop digital tools for online learning. These kind of activities are intended to help these workers.
7. Designers and developers of websites (NOC 2175)
Web designers and developers play a critical role in the creation of COVID-19-related websites that aid in the dissemination of information. Many of these workers had telework capabilities prior to the pandemic due to the nature of their jobs.
Workers in this industry will benefit from the growing popularity of online purchasing. More virtual services, such as medical appointments, may also help to support these positions.
8. Technologists who work in medical laboratories (NOC 3211)
Even before the pandemic, there was a scarcity of lab techs due to a large number of retirees and a lack of new grads to take their place. Even if the number of personnel in the field has increased, the coronavirus outbreak has rendered these workers even more scarce.
The province of Ontario is supporting a new initiative to train laboratory workers to help certified medical laboratory technicians and their assistants work less.
As the population ages and the epidemic persists, the number of job openings in this field will increase as long as new graduates are not available.
9. Illustrators and graphic designers (NOC 5241)
Graphic designers and illustrators will have greater career options as more digital items are released. Creating material and graphics for e-commerce platforms, online banking, and e-learning, in particular.
Workers in these occupations are eligible to immigrate to Ontario.
In Canada, labour demand and immigration go hand in hand. Economic immigration is intended to address labour shortages and contribute to Canada’s long-term economic prosperity.
As a result, it should come as no surprise that these in-demand occupations have their own paths to permanent residence.
To begin with, all of these jobs are classified as “skilled work.” That is, as long as you are eligible for one of the three Federal High Skilled programmes: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, or the Federal Skilled Trades Program, you can utilise work experience toward an Express Entry application.
Furthermore, Ontario has its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which can assist with permanent residency applications. The upgraded PNPs in Ontario are only available to those who have an Express Entry profile. The Human Capital Priority Stream (HCPS) is designed primarily for tech workers and other in-demand workers.
In a recent Ontario PNP draw, for example, advertising and marketing managers were included. Tech employees who are eligible for the HCPS may be invited to participate in an OINP Tech Draw to apply for a provincial nomination.
These contests are for six specific IT jobs, including computer systems and information managers, database analysts and data administrators, computer programmers and interactive media developers, and web designers and developers, all of which are listed above.
In addition to the Express Entry system, Ontario has its own Expression of Interest (EOI) system, which awards points to qualified candidates who work in specialised occupations in the province.
Salary, age, amount of Canadian job experience, and other characteristics all help candidates enhance their ranks. Those who are eligible for an Employer Job Offer Category programme, such as the Foreign Worker stream, can use the Ontario EOI system right now.
Self-employed individuals may qualify for the Self-Employed Persons Program. According to government figures, about 30% of graphic designers in Ontario are self-employed.
In addition, Canada is providing avenues for important employees who worked in the nation during the pandemic for a limited time. Lab technologists are one of 40 healthcare jobs eligible to apply until November 5, or until the 20,000-application limit is achieved.