National Occupational Classification Activity 1

Read the text and complete each sentence or answer each question by typing your answer in the blank or clicking on the best choice(s). Use capital letters when needed. Each fill-in-the-blank question will change to multiple choice format after one incorrect response.
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is a system of organizing information about occupations in Canada. Every occupation in Canada has a NOC job description, which provides listings of the main duties, employment requirements and job titles. These descriptions are identified by a four-digit code called the NOC code.
Knowing the NOC code for the job you are interested in can make online research easier and quicker. This is because many job search services organize their job listings and occupation information by the NOC code. Here’s how the NOC code works:
  • The first number identifies the sector. There are 10 sectors in total (0–9). For example, 0 refers to management occupations, while 6 refers to sales and service occupations.
  • The second number refers to the level of education or training the job requires (1–6). Generally:
    • 1 requires a university education
    • 2 or 3 requires a community college or apprenticeship training
    • 4 or 5 requires a high school diploma and/or job-specific training
    • 6 usually requires a short demonstration or on-the-job training
  • The third and fourth numbers refer to specific occupations within the sector.
In the example on the right, the 2 refers to the sector Natural and Applied Sciences; the 1 means it generally requires a university degree; together, the code 2146 is the code specific to aerospace engineers.noc.sample.gif
Because the NOC groups occupations that are similar to each other, it is easy to find information about occupations that are related to your occupation of choice. This can be useful if you cannot find a job in your occupation and want to broaden your job search.