While several sectors have suffered from job loss, others are on their hiring spree for more talent. Based on the research by the federal government on how COVID has affected the labor force in every province and territory, these are the top seven occupations along with their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code, which have become increasingly in-demand post the pandemic in Ontario.
1. Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)
Computer and information systems managers were considered essential workers during the initial lockdown and economic shutdown in Ontario. While some have been able to work remotely, others have required physical proximity to network facilities. Many organizations with limited teleworking options have swiftly become heavily reliant on computer and information systems managers to get the remote work done properly. With the intentions to remain working from home post the pandemic, the demand for computer and information systems managers has been driven higher than before as firms adapt their IT infrastructure. The demand for virtual services subsequently increases job opportunities for those who are excel in IT infrastructure.
2. Medical administrative assistants (NOC 1243)
COVID has affected this role when medical appointments were canceled, moved, or rescheduled in the early phase of the pandemic, requiring these workers to continue coming to work. Medical administrative assistant employment has seen stronger along with the resolution with the global pandemic as hospitals struggle with patient loads and inventory management. The appointment rescheduling of non-urgent patients is expected to take some time to resolve, therefore, many more opportunities are open for this type of employment.
3. Accounting technician and bookkeepers (NOC 1311)
Given the nature of work, many accounting technicians, payroll administrators, and bookkeepers were already working remotely from home before the pandemic. As the overall health of the economy resumes, and so does the recovery for accounting technicians and bookkeepers since basic business operations always require this role.
4. Professional occupations in business management consulting (NOC 1122)
The majority of these workers are employed in the professional, scientific, and technical services (70.4%), finance and insurance (7.9%), and public administration sectors (5.9%). As part of the efforts to best adapt to the changing post-pandemic normalcy, some businesses may turn to business management consulting companies which may drive increased employment in this role.
5. Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
The occupation has been key during the pandemic as case tracking and COVID-19 data analysis was the priority for government and organizations. Having been involved in many aspects of the disease-related work, including data management, database architecture, and data security, a continued interest in the skills will increase job opportunities in this database analysts and data administrators role especially with a surge of shift demand to anything online solutions.
6. Computer network technicians (NOC 2281)
With the recovery of the global pandemic, computer network technicians are in high demand as so many companies had to set up remote work capabilities for employees.
Computer network technicians and the information and communications technology (ICT) sector of the economy are crucial for the economy-wide recovery given the accelerated demand for technology solutions.
7. User support technicians (NOC 2282)
IT support or user support technicians are generally in high demand as remote workers require ongoing technical support, in addition to troubleshooting assistance. End-user support is one of the most essential services when organizations are transforming from workdays at the office to working at home workstations.
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