The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major event that started in 2020 and has changed our lives significantly. The pandemic has impacted job scenario in world countries and the migration that happened in the context. Canada has been no exception with many jobs in Canada getting impacted.
So, what happened in Canada?
It so happened that during the pandemic, the demand for certain jobs in Canada increased in the province of Alberta. This was in contrast with most of the sectors that were affected by COVID-related shutdowns and restrictions.
Soaring employment was particularly noticed in the province of Alberta.
The jobs that soared in Alberta
NOC 0213 – Computer and information systems managers
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, this particular job sector has been unshaken. In fact, there was an upward trend in demand for jobs in this category.
NOC 1228 – Employment insurance, immigration, border services & revenue officers
As the COVID-19 pandemic started, there was an increase in applications to government programs. This included CERB and employment insurance among others.
The employment for these jobs came out to be higher all through 2020 when compared to a year-over-year analysis leading to 2019.
NOC 2171 – Information systems analysts and consultants
The scene was stable enough for tech professionals in this occupation. Employment for this job was higher by 47% in 2020, when compared to 2019. Even the average employment levels were on the higher side all through the year.
NOC 2172 – Database analysts and data administrators
This was another field of occupation that was seen immune to the pandemic’s effects in 2020 in Alberta. There has been a shift to up the usage of data and technology among organizations. This increased the demand for this occupation.
NOC 2173 – Software engineers and designers
Commensurate to the development of the tech industry in Alberta, jobs of this kind have also found more demand in the job market in Alberta. The presence of over 400 tech companies in Calgary is the reason for the generation of around 2,000 job vacancies. Among those, the positions of Software Engineers and Designers are quite significant.
NOC 2264 – Construction Inspectors
This is yet another job that had not been impacted seriously by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 the employment in this occupation was 24% higher than in 2019.
As construction has been considered an essential sector, activities in this sector were permitted to carry on even during peak times of the pandemic. The resilience of the construction sector even with a slowdown in overall construction activity was notable in Alberta.
NOC 3011 – Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
Employment in this occupation was on the higher side in a significant manner in Alberta in April 2020. This is in comparison with the figures in the same period in 2019. Average job levels in 2020 also increased all through the year.
The pandemic created a high demand for professionals in this occupation. Their roles had been critical in the pandemic situation with increased hospitalization and the need for patient care.
NOC 3131 – Pharmacists
In April 2020, the employment in this occupation was higher by 14% when compared to 2019.
The role of community pharmacists in Alberta has grown in significance with more responsibilities that they have taken up in the health sector. These include administering vaccines, modifying prescriptions, and taking care of smoking addiction or diabetes in patients.
NOC 4153 – Family, marriage, and other related counselors
Employment in this section rose 66% in April 2020 in comparison to 2019. The trend stayed throughout 2020.
This growth can be understood if we consider the significance of counselors in dealing with the mental strain and mental health issues that arose from anxiety and heightened isolation.
NOC 4165 – Health policy researchers, consultants, and program officers
In this occupation, employment grew by 24%in April 2020 when compared to the same period in 2019. Along with keeping people safe from the virus, they had to also address the consequences on people’s well-being.
NOC 4212 – Social and Community Workers
A 21% increase in employment was witnessed in April 2020 when compared to April 2019.
The role of social workers in attending to people reeling through issues like homelessness, addictions, and domestic abuse. Their services in rehabilitating families and individuals through social and community activities grew significantly in the pandemic time.
NOC 7205 – Contractors & supervisor, other construction trades, installers, repairers, and servicers
This occupation category had a 65% rise in employment in April 2020 when compared to the same period in 2019.
The rise in employment in this section can be understood in the context of the construction sector been considered essential in Alberta.
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