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Increased demand for some jobs in Ontario during the pandemic
Demand for some jobs in Ontario has increased during the pandemic. The pandemic has changed the way applicants work, while some sectors have seen massive job losses, other sectors are seeing more talent.
The federal government has conducted research into how the pandemic has affected the workforce in each province and territory. In Ontario, researchers analyzed 109 occupations that saw major changes in their employment conditions compared to pre-Covid days.
From these findings, here are the businesses that have experienced an increase in demand for some jobs in Ontario during the pandemic. These occupations are listed in order of National Occupation Classification (NOC) code. To further examine the future of certain occupations, the federal government has provided a current position analysis tool where job seekers can view current job openings.
1.Advertising, marketing and public relations managers (NOC 0124)
Although spending on traditional advertising has fallen during the pandemic, which in turn has affected employment, the industry is increasingly going digital. Additionally, early budgets indicate that companies plan to increase spending on advertising, especially digital advertising.
Therefore, we are witnessing an increase in job opportunities for knowledgeable people in the field of modern technological methods.
2.Managers of information and computer systems (NOC 0213)
Companies that previously had limitations in the field of capabilities related to the possibility of working from home, are increasingly relying on information and computer systems managers.
Many companies are willing to work remotely for a long time. Also, more virtual services such as e-opening, medical appointments, job fairs, etc. require more labor in the field of information technology.
All these developments are expected to increase the demand for technology experts as companies turn to new ways of working.
3. Biologists and related field scientists (NOC 2121)
This workforce includes immunologists, virologists, bioinformatics staff, and pharmacists who conduct research on Covid-19.
Research and development of more vaccines and treatments will further support job opportunities for the workforce.
Also, now that the current generation has experienced a pandemic, it is expected that increased awareness will lead to more research opportunities on viruses.
4. Information systems consultants and analysts (NOC 2171)
As with IT jobs, IT consultants and analysts have played an important role in helping companies adapt to the telecommuting era. They were considered essential labor during Ontario’s quarantine.
Other factors also indicate a long-term demand for labor in this field. For example, more and more companies are developing their products and services online. Digital processes are growing, and with it, the risk of cyber security gaps.
Also, AI analysts may see more job opportunities due to increased interest in using AI solutions for various business lines.
5. Database analysts and data managers (NOC 2172)
During the pandemic, the government and other organizations prioritized the tracking of cases and the analysis of the data of Covid-19. This group of workers were involved in most of the data analysis of Covid.
Continuous attention to Covid-19 data will support these job opportunities.
In addition, there are many concerns regarding the collection, storage and management of data due to the increased demand for virtual social and therapeutic services. The trend towards online solutions will increase jobs in this area.
6. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
At the start of the covid outbreak, this workforce was in high demand to help design covid-related digital media to support information delivery. Many employees, due to the nature of these jobs, worked from home.
Increasing demand for digital products and services, especially as the global e-learning market grows, will support job opportunities in this field.
In Ontario, the provincial government is working with various organizations to create digital resources for online education.
7. Network designers and developers (NOC 2175)
Web designers and developers were an integral part of the job community in building websites related to Covid-19 to help communicate information. Many employees in this field, due to the nature of their jobs, were also able to work remotely before the pandemic.
The acceptance of online shopping supports job opportunities in this field. Also, more virtual services, such as medical appointments, can also help develop these businesses.
8. Medical laboratory technology specialists (NOC 3211)
Before the pandemic, there was a shortage of lab technologists due to the large number of retirees and few graduates to replace them. The spread of the corona virus has made it more difficult to provide this workforce, although the number of employees in this field has increased. Ontario is funding a new lab workforce training program to ease the workload of medical lab technologists and their assistants.
As the population ages and the pandemic continues, until graduates If there are not enough new ones, the number of job opportunities in this field will grow.
9. Graphic designers and illustrators (NOC 5241)
More job opportunities for illustrators and graphic designers are directly related to more digital products, especially in the creation of content and graphics for e-commerce platforms, online banking and distance education.