Growing demand for 12 jobs in Alberta
Covid has increased the demand for certain jobs in Alberta, according to a government study. The study identified occupations that faced greater demand in Alberta due to the pandemic.
Although many sectors experienced the negative effects of the corona virus quarantines, some other sectors faced more job opportunities. Of course, since the labor market is a constant flow, these changes are short-term.
In this research, the federal government has studied the impact of the pandemic on the workforce of each province and territory. What follows are findings from the province of Alberta.
The occupations relevant to this study are listed in order of National Occupational Classification (NOC) code. For more information on specific occupations, the federal government also offers an available job analysis tool through which job seekers can also view the available conditions to increase the demand for jobs in Alberta.
1. Managers of computer and information systems (NOC 0213)
These technology specialists monitor and evaluate the activities of organizations that manage digital software and other information systems. After the public announcement of the pandemic in March 2020, employment in this sector in the province of Alberta did not suffer, but despite the pandemic, employment levels in this sector increased compared to 2019.
2. Employment Insurance, Immigration, Border Services and Revenue Officers (NOC 1228)
The onset of the pandemic led to a wave of requests for government programs such as employment insurance and the new Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program, among others.
These agents are employed by the government. Their job is to enforce laws and regulations related to immigration, customs, border crossing, taxation, employment insurance and more. Employment in these jobs was higher in 2020 than in 2019.
3. Information systems consultants and analysts (NOC 2171)
Employment for this sector of technology expertise was not affected by the pandemic. Information systems consultants and analysts test the conditions of the systems and provide recommendations for information systems problems. This group is likely to be employed by technology consulting firms or may be self-employed.
In April 2020, compared to April 2019, employment for this occupation was 44% higher. Average employment levels also increased during the year.
4. Database analysts and data managers (NOC 2172)
Database analysts, usually employed by IT consulting firms, provide solutions for data management, while data managers implement data management policies, standards, and models.
Employment for database analysts and managers in Alberta has not been affected by the pandemic. Compared to previous years, employment levels increased during 2020.
The change towards increasing the consumption of data and technology among organizations has also caused more demand for this job. With the increasing importance of information and databases, the demand for analysts and data managers will also increase.
5. Software designers and engineers (NOC 2173)
Software designers and engineers integrate and combine different types of software and maintain them. They are often employed in IT consulting firms as well as research and development firms and may be self-employed.
The technology industry in Alberta has grown in recent years. There are more than 400 technology companies in Calgary, which have created about 2,000 jobs, including for designers and software engineers.
6. Building inspectors (NOC 2264)
Building inspectors inspect existing and new infrastructure to ensure compliance of these buildings with laws. This group is employed by the government, construction companies, as well as civil engineering and architectural consulting firms. Similarly, self-employment is also in the list of paths ahead of them.
Employment in this sector was not affected by the pandemic in April 2020. In fact, compared to 2019, it has grown by 24%. Employment in the following months, this sector was faced with the growth of employment.
During the pandemic, the construction industry was in the “essential” category and continued to operate even at the height of the coronavirus restrictions. Although overall construction activity was muted in 2020, the residential sector remained buoyant.
7. Nursing supervisors and supervisors (NOC 3011)
Nursing supervisors supervise the activities of licensed nurses in medical institutions. Employment for this group was significantly higher in April 2020 compared to the same time in 2019. The average level of employment in 2020 also increased during this year.
The pandemic has increased the demand for this group due to the critical role of caregivers in ensuring proper patient care. With the increase in infections and hospitalizations, the pressure on the hospital staff also increased.
Mount Royal University is developing a Canadian Nursing Associate course to train more international nurses. These 10- to 14-month courses pave the way for international immigrants to start working in Alberta.
8. Pharmacists (NOC 3131)
Pharmacists prepare prescriptions for patients and provide consulting services for therapists. They probably work in pharmacies or are self-employed. Industrial pharmacists work in the research and development branch and on behalf of pharmaceutical companies as well as departments You will not be selected for this stream.
For a limited time, Canada has also offered a path to convert temporary residency to permanent residency for essential workers during the pandemic. The treatment staff listed above are eligible for the essential workforce stream, which will remain open until November 5, or until the 20,000 application cap is reached.