The occupations most needed in Canada for foreigners and skilled migrants over the next 10 years. Is your role on the skill shortage list ?

Are you thinking of moving to Canada and wondering if your job is in demand? Canada is keen to encourage skilled migration to fill vacancies across several fields.

Skilled migration was on hold during the COVID pandemic but now Canada is actively looking to encourage new migrants to help the economy grow. There has never been a better time to check the skilled occupation list to see if your qualifications and experience are needed.

These are positions that have been chosen from those fields where there are not enough skilled individuals to meet the demands for employment opportunities that currently exist:

  • Healthcare
  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • Trades for example carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and agri-food

It should be noted that these are the categories that the Canadian government has selected, and future lists may alter. If your occupation appears on the list, you’re a step closer, but obtaining a VISA for relocation is still necessary, which can present difficulties.

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Why does Canada need more workers?

Canada is currently in a position where they are facing some labour shortages. There are several factors to which this shortage is being attributed. The aging population, with many set to retire in the next couple of years, and declining birth rates mean that the pool of individuals of employable age is dwindling. Reduced immigration numbers and the shift towards remote work have also not helped with many of the roles that remain unfilled being in those sectors where remote work is simply not possible.

Canada’s most in-demand job roles 2024

Here is a more in-depth look at those in-demand job roles, together with example positions within each sector, relevant NOC codes, and an indication of average salaries.

1. Medical Professionals and Specialists

In Canada, there is a consistent demand for skilled professionals, and the government has acknowledged the necessity to boost the number of medical professionals and specialists to meet the healthcare system’s requirements. Among these include dentists, with an average salary of $171,400, reflecting their vital contribution to the healthcare sector.

Jobs in demand for Medical Professionals and Specialists include:

  • Audiologists and speech-language pathologists – (NOC Code 31112)
  • Chiropractors – (NOC Code 31201)
  • Dentists – (NOC Code 3113)
  • General practitioners and family physicians – (NOC Code 3112)
  • Optometrists – (NOC Code 31111)
  • Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating – (NOC Code 31209)
  • Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine – (NOC Code 31100)
  • Specialists in surgery (NOC Code 3111)
  • Veterinarians – (NOC Code 31103)


2. Nursing and Related Occupations

A significant demand exists for nurses and various related professions, essential for aiding the medical field and its specialists in delivering the high standard of healthcare services expected by Canadians. Among these nursing and related roles, nurse practitioners stand out, earning an average annual salary of $118,000.

Jobs in demand for Nursing and Related Occupations include:

  • Licensed practical nurses (NOC Code 3233)
  • Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates (NOC Code 3413)
  • Nurse practitioners (NOC Code 31302)
  • Nursing coordinators and supervisors (NOC Code 3011.0)
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC Code 3012)


3. Allied Health Professionals

A diverse group of clinicians whose role includes the delivery of high-quality care to patients across a range of settings, departments, and care pathways Allied health professionals play a unique and vital role in the modern social care and health system working to support the work of other healthcare professionals.

Jobs in demand for Allied Health Professionals:

  • Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment (NOC 31204)
  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations (NOC code 33101)
  • Medical laboratory technologists (NOC code 32120)
  • Medical radiation technologists (NOC Code 32121)
  • Medical sonographers – (NOC Code 32122)
  • Occupational therapists- (NOC Code 31203)
  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment – (NOC Code 32109)
  • Paramedical occupations – (NOC Code 32102)
  • Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants – (NOC Code 33103)
  • Physician assistants, midwives, and allied health professionals – (NOC Code 33103)
  • Physiotherapists – (NOC Code is 31202)
  • Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists, and cardiopulmonary technologists- (NOC Code 32103)


4. Therapists and Counsellors

Therapists and Counsellors are integral components of the healthcare system, complementing the work of physicians and general practitioners. Their role extends beyond traditional medical care; they provide crucial rehabilitative services, various forms of therapy, and patient education. These professionals are instrumental in addressing both the root causes and the aftermath of medical conditions, offering support and guidance to patients dealing with a range of issues.

Jobs in demand for Therapists and Counsellors:

  • Dieticians and nutritionists – (NOC Code 31121)
  • Education counsellors – (NOC Code of 41320)
  • Massage therapists – (NOC Code 32201)
  • Psychologists – (NOC Code 31200)
  • Therapists in counselling and related specialised therapies – (NOC Code 41301)


5. Alternative Medicine and Natural Healing

For many individuals, the choice to explore alternative medicine and natural healing is an invaluable option, offering complementary approaches that can work in tandem with more conventional medical treatments to facilitate and guide recovery. This preference for incorporating holistic and non-traditional healing methods reflects a growing interest in diverse healthcare approaches. The job market in the field of Alternative Medicine and Natural Healing is responding to this trend, with a variety of roles in demand.

Jobs in demand for Alternative Medicine and Natural Healing:

  • Other practitioners of natural healing- (NOC Code 32209)
  • Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists – (NOC Code 32200)


6. Health instructor and Support Roles

Support roles constitute a critical component in the overall healthcare of patients, playing a vital part in their treatment and recovery. The shortage of individuals in these fields can significantly impact the quality and efficiency of rehabilitation and support services provided to patients.

Jobs in demand for Health Instructors and Support Roles:

  • Instructors of persons with disabilities – (NOC Code 42203)
  • Other assisting occupations in support of health services – (NOC Code 33109)


7. Architecture and Urban Planning

The demand for skilled professionals in the fields of architecture and urban planning is high across Canada with some cities and provinces facing particular shortages.

Jobs in demand for Architecture and Urban Planning:

  • Architects – (NOC Code 21200)
  • Landscape Architects – (NOC Code 21201)
  • Urban and land use planners – (NOC Code 21202)
  • Architecture and science managers – (NOC Code 20011)
  • Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants, and program officers – (NOC Code 41400)
  • Land surveyors – (NOC Code 21203)


8. Engineers

The demand for engineers is not just limited to Canada but with so many of those currently employed in engineering positions reaching retirement age, this shortage is only set to increase within the country.

Jobs in demand for engineers:

  • Civil Engineers – (NOC Code 21300)
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) – (NOC Code of 21311)
  • Electrical and electronics engineers – (NOC Code is 21310)
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineers – (NOC Code 21321)
  • Metallurgical and materials engineers – (NOC Code 21322)
  • Engineering managers – (NOC Code 20010)


9. Computer and IT Specialists

With advances in technology and the move towards remote working options and more automated processes, there has never been a greater need for those individuals with qualifications in the fields of computing and IT. It is currently estimated that as many as 55% of Canada’s tech entrepreneurs are struggling to fill positions in this sector.

Jobs in demand for Computers and IT Specialists:

  • Business systems specialists – (NOC Code 21221)
  • Computer systems developers and programmers – (NOC Code 21230)
  • Cybersecurity specialists – (NOC Code 21220)
  • Data scientists – (NOC Code 21211)
  • Database analysts and data administrators – (NOC Code 21223)
  • Information systems specialists – (NOC Code of 21222)
  • Software developers and programmers – (NOC Code 21323)
  • Software engineers and designers – (NOC Code 21231)
  • Web designers – (NOC Code 21233)
  • Web developers and programmers – (NOC Code is 21234)
  • Computer and information systems managers – (NOC Code is 20012)


10. Math and Data Analysis Specialists

Canada is facing a distinct shortage of those who have a specialist in any of the STEM fields and in particular those with the knowledge to work with maths and data to a complex standard. These roles are essential to the understanding of the data that helps the economy move forward and plan for the future, including looking at those in-demand roles that may be required in the future.

Jobs in demand for Maths and Data Analysis Specialists:

  • Mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries – (NOC Code 21210)


11. Traditional Trades

There is always a need for those who work in the trades and with fewer young people choosing to take up a trade whilst many of those who already have the relevant skills ready to retire the shortages are set to get worse. These are essential roles that are vital to keeping many of the essential services running in both homes and businesses across the country.

Jobs in demand for Traditional Trades include:

  • Carpenters – (NOC Code of 72310)
  • Plumbers – (NOC Code 72300)
  • Electricians (except industrial and power systems) – (NOC Code 72200)


12. Construction and Building Services

With the current housing crisis in Canada, there is a significant need for a wide range of skilled tradespeople working in all sectors. There will be plenty of work for these tradespeople as Canada undertakes the housing program that they hope will help to improve the housing situation as it currently stands.

Jobs in demand for Traditional Trades include:

  • Residential and commercial installers and servicers – (NOC Code 73200)
  • Elevator constructors and mechanics – (NOC Code 72406)
  • Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers, and servicers – (NOC 72014)


13. Mechanical and Equipment Maintenance

Essential to the smooth running of a wide range of mechanical fixtures and equipment this group includes all of those essential individuals who have the skills needed to ensure that maintenance is carried out when necessary and in a timely manner.

Jobs in demand for traditional trades include:

  • Machine fitters – (NOC Code 72405)
  • Heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics – (NOC Code 72402)
  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics- (NOC Code 72400)
  • Welders and related machine operators – (NOC Code is 72106)


14. Transport Industry Workers

The transport network within Canada is essential to the timely movement and delivery of a wide range of supplies for industries and commercial properties, it also plays an important role in helping Canadians access other areas of the country as quickly and efficiently as possible. Those who work within the transport industry play an essential role and it is therefore vital to ensure that these in-demand roles are filled to help keep the country moving.

Jobs in demand for Transport Industry Workers include:

  • Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors – (NOC Code 93200)
  • Transport truck drivers – (NOC Code 73300)
  • Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators – (NOC Code 72604)
  • Engineer officers, water transport – (NOC Code is 72603)
  • Deck officers, water transport – (NOC Code is 72602)
  • Air traffic controllers and related occupations – (NOC Code 72601)
  • Air pilots, flight engineers, and flying instructors – (NOC Code 72600)
  • Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors – (NOC Code 72404)
  • Railway carmen/women – (NOC Code 72403)
  • Managers in transportation – (NOC Code 70020)


15. Agriculture Workers

Working on the land and in a range of services that support those that do can help to provide an essential boost to a country’s economy and Canada is no exception. There are a range of in-demand roles in Canada that fall into this category all offering good salaries and a range of opportunities to those who have the necessary qualifications and experience.

Jobs in demand for Agriculture Workers include:

Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services – (NOC Code 82031)

Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors- (NOC Code 82030)

Butchers- retail and wholesale – (NOC Code 63201)


16. French Speaking Migrants

If you are French-speaking, you have an additional advantage. With French being an integral part of the identity of Canada, the new Express Entry system has been tailored to reflect this. There is now a more streamlined and efficient pathway for those individuals who are looking to emigrate to Canada and speak French. This new system will give priority to French speakers.

The new ruling means that those who speak French or have the necessary work experience for any of the in-demand roles will be in a good position to help with the labour shortage. For those who have relevant work experience and also speak French, the prospects are even better.


Federal Skilled Workers Program Occupation Canada 2023-2024

The Federal skilled workers program is for those workers who have the necessary skills to fill the current list of in-demand roles and are looking to become permanent residents of Canada. To be eligible individuals must have the necessary levels of education, skilled work experience, and language ability.

Relevant work experience must be able to demonstrate that it includes all of the requirements of the role as set out in the NOC that an individual is applying for, has been paid work obtained within the last 10 years, and must be a minimum of 1 year of continuous work experience.

There are several other selection factors that will be taken into consideration from which a score of up to 100 points can be assigned. To be successful, a minimum of 67 points must be achieved.


Next steps: Finding a job in Canada and applying for a VISA

If you are looking for a challenge, new experiences, and the chance to command a better salary whilst still doing the job that you love, then a move to Canada might be just what you are looking for.

Once you’ve got your job offer you can find out more about removals to Canada and shipping your belongings too.

We, at PSS International Removals, are in touch with several employers and recruiters actively looking to find skilled workers in the UK looking to move to Canada. If you are looking for skilled work for other countries such as Australia or New Zealand you can also find more information here.

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