Occupations with more demand in Ontario during COVID19
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The federal government provided a report on how the pandemic has affected the labour force in each province. In Ontario, researchers analyzed 109 occupations that are significant to the labour market of the province. Here are some of the occupations that have seen an increased demand for labour during COVID19.
Advertising, marketing, and public relations managers (NOC 0124)
According to the report, spending on traditional advertising and marketing has dropped during the pandemic. This negatively affected the employment of those workers but increase the area of digital advertising.
The main trends for these occupations are:
- Increasing shift to digital advertising, marketing and public relations during the pandemic.
- Preliminary budgets expect increased spending on advertising, especially digital ads.
- Increased job opportunities for those with knowledge of modern technological methods
As more people are increasingly staying home during the pandemic, in-store sales of retail brands that thrive on customer purchases decline.
Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)
Increases in virtual services, like e-commerce, medical appointments, job fairs, and social services administration, demand for IT infrastructure. Computer and information systems managers were considered essential workers during the initial economic shutdown in Ontario.
Also, many companies intend to implement telework long-term, which will drive demand for computer and information systems managers.
Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171)
Like the previous occupations, information systems analysts and consultants have been crucial to helping companies transition to remote work. Digital processes are growing and so is the risk of cyber-security breaches.
In addition, artificial intelligence analysts may see more job openings due to increased interest in using AI solutions for various lines of business.
Also read: National Occupational Classification (NOC)
Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
Case tracking and COVID-19 data analysis have been a priority for the government and other organizations. These workers have been involved in many aspects of COVID-19-related work, designing database architecture, and data integrity and security.
According to the study, a continued interest in COVID-19-related data and analysis will support these job opportunities. The shift to online solutions will drive demand for database analysts and data administrators.
Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
Computer programmers and interactive media developers are involved in creating e-learning tools, content and graphics, which will be particularly relevant as the global e-learning market grows.
In Ontario, the provincial government is actively working with various organizations to support online learning and create digital resources, supporting these workers.
Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
From February 2020 to May 2020, retail e-commerce sales increased 99.3%, with more and more retailers turning to online sales. This trend towards online shopping will support job opportunities, particularly for website developers and web designers.
Moreover, increased demand for other virtual services, like medical appointments, job fairs, and social services administration, may also support jobs in this NOC.
Medical laboratory technologists (NOC 3211)
There was a shortage of lab techs even before the pandemic due to a high number of retirees and a low number of new grads available to take their place. However, the Ontario government is funding a new program to train laboratory workers to reduce the workload for certified medical laboratory technologists and their assistants.
The number of vacancies in this occupation will continue to increase as long as the population ages, the pandemic continues and schools are not providing a sufficient number of graduates.
Biologists and related scientists (NOC 2121)
These workers include immunologists, virologists, bio-information workers, and pharmacologists. Of course, they were heavily involved with researching the COVID-19 virus and developing vaccines and treatments.
The research and development of COVID-19 treatments and vaccines will continue to support job opportunities for workers in this NOC. Moving forward, a heightened awareness of the challenges of a pandemic will likely drive further research into virology and the spread of viruses, sustaining jobs in this occupation.
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