Improved Post COVID-19 Scenario for Employment Demand in British Columbia

Top 10 jobs in British Columbia
  • August 11, 2021

The federal government carried out research on how the pandemic is affecting the labor force in each province and territory. From this research, here are 10 jobs that have increased in demand during the pandemic in British Columbia with their NOC code:


  1. Payroll administrators (NOC 1432)

Payroll Administrator collect, verify and process the payroll information as well as determine pay and benefits to the employees along with payroll records.

Many employers have faced revenue loss and they need administrators to handle the employee expenses.


  1. Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171)

These professionals analyze and test systems requirements and implement information systems development plans, policies and procedures. They also provide their recommendations on information systems issues.

The requirement for business and system analysts have gone higher as the companies have moved most of their work online or through digital medium where they require such professional who can handle the innovative technology.


  1. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)

Computer programmers write, modify, integrate and test computer code for software, data processing and operating systems and communications software while Interactive media developers focus on mobile apps, training software, computer games, film, video and other related media.

As there are many companies in IT field or other firms that use IT services require the professional who can develop and handle the software for the operations of the software.


  1. Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (NOC 4413)

The teacher assistants provide support to students and teachers with teaching and other related task. They tend to focus on teaching and behavior management.

As many schools have shifted the education online, the requirement for teacher assistant has increased where they can support in taking the class.


  1. Technical sales specialists (NOC 6221)

Professionals such as technical sales specialists sell technical goods and service to various establishments. Some also work in wholesale trade.

The requirement of these professionals has gone up considering the market that is recovering from the blow in the lockdown in various places.


  1. Cooks (NOC 6322)

Cooks prepare and cook food in the set up like restaurants, hotels, hospitals, educational institutions and other establishments.

Many organizations and restaurants have started online service for order and delivery of food which has increased the demand for cooks. This time the work set up are not traditional and they are required to work in different set up.


  1. Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents (NOC 6733)

Janitors clean and maintain commercial, institutional and residential buildings and caretakers and building superintendents are responsible for the operation of the establishment.

Due to requirement of advanced sanitization and following of new COVID guidelines have increased the need of these professionals.


  1. Material handlers (NOC 7452)

Material handlers handle, move, load and unload materials. Employment for this job demand increased in April 2020 compared to April 2019.

The demand for these professional increased as the various establishment required different goods and need of loading and unloading them at the time of dispatch and delivery which includes the different commodities like cleaning products, necessities and the food items.


  1. Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511)

Truck drivers transport goods through heavy trucks over short distances, long distances, interprovincial and internationally. As the requirement of goods has increased where the truck drivers play important role and supports the need of the hour.


  1. Underground production and development miners (NOC 8231)

These professionals drill, blast and operate mining machinery to extract coal and ore in underground mines. They also construct tunnels and passageways to make it easier to carry out mining operations.

During the lockdown, the requirement decreased but once the operations began, the demand increased as these are few of primary sectors that support secondary sectors and services.


How you can immigrate to B.C. if you work in one of these occupations

If you have experience in one of the following occupations, you may use your skilled work experience towards a permanent residence application through the Express Entry system.

  1. 2171 – Information systems analysts and consultants;
  2. 2174 – Computer programmers and interactive media developers;
  3. 6221 – Technical sales specialists;
  4. 6322 – Cooks;
  5. 8231 – Underground production and development miners.

These jobs are considered under Skilled Worker Program as per their NOC Code and you can apply in one of the main economic class immigration programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

British Columbia also has its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and having Express Entry profile will also allow you to qualify under Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC). EEBC allows skilled workers, health care professionals and international graduates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. In addition to this, British Columbia holds Tech Pilot draws to technical professionals in order to help the IT sector to grow. However, you need to qualify in one of the 29 eligible occupations.

BC PNP has other immigrations stream as well for the other lower-skilled jobs where certain professionals can apply according to the qualification.

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