We use the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system to classify jobs (occupations). Jobs are grouped based on the type of:
work a person does
For immigration purposes, the main job groups are:
Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs, such as:
shore captains (fishing)
Skill Level A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university, such as:
Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, such as:
Skill Level C: intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training, such as:
long-haul truck drivers
food and beverage servers
Skill Level D: labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training, such as:
oil field workers
Our immigration programs use the NOC to decide if a job or type of work experience meets their eligibility. We consider “skilled” jobs those with NOC Skill Type 0, A or B. We assess jobs against the 2016 version of the NOC.
If you want to apply as a skilled worker, find your job title, code and skill level or type in the NOC.
If you want to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant (Express Entry)
Your job, and the work you have done in the past, must be skill type 0, or level A or B to use Express Entry. The Express Entry system manages applications for permanent residence if you want be considered:
as a Federal Skilled Worker
under the Federal Skilled Trades Program
or under the Canadian Experience Class
If you want to come to Canada as a skilled immigrant (Atlantic Immigration Pilot)
Your work experience must be skill type/level 0, A, B, or C.
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.
People who come to work on a temporary basis are not permanent residents. However, some go on to immigrate here on a permanent basis.
Find your job title, code and skill type
Use this table to find the NOC information that best matches your jobs:
Disclaimer: This table is for your convenience. If any part conflicts with information on the NOC website, assume that the NOC website is correct.
Enter your job title in the “Filter items” field
As you type words, the table will change to display related words.
Write down the numeric code shown on the left column.
For example: 7253
Write down the NOC title shown on the centre column.
For example: Gas fitters
Write down the skill level or type shown on the right column.
For example: B
Go to the NOC Website and search for your NOC using the NOC title or numeric code.
Make sure the main duties listed match what you did at your job.
If they don’t, you’ll need to find a different job title with duties that match yours.