The Covid-19 pandemic seriously affected the Canadian economy. While some sectors of the economy faced widespread job loss, other sectors faced a shortage of workers due to an unexpected boom. The federal government researched the pandemic affecting the availability of labor in each province and territory.
The research analyzed 109 occupations in Ontario to determine the changes in employment compared to pre-pandemic days. From this data, they were able to identify 9 occupations that have experienced an increase in demand for workers during the pandemic.
What Are the Occupations In-Demand in Ontario Spurred by the Pandemic?
Medical Laboratory Technologists - NOC 3211
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Ontario had a shortage of lab technicians even before the pandemic given the rising number of retirees and the low number of new graduates to replace them. The pandemic has done nothing but increases the urgency to fill these shortages. Ontario is even funding a new training program for laboratory workers to reduce the workload of certified technicians and their assistants.
Biologists and Related Scientists - NOC 2121
This NOC code includes workers such as immunologists, virologists, bio-information workers, and pharmacologists researching the Covid-19 virus. These workers are imperative to develop more vaccines and treatments for the Covid-19 virus and the variants. As we have already experienced the pandemic once, more virus research opportunities have been opening up to avoid another outbreak.
Information System Analysts and Consultants - NOC 2171
Much like other IT workers, information system analysts and consultants have been crucial in helping companies shift their work systems online. They were added to the list of essential workers during the lockdown in Ontario. As companies progress to make their products and services available online and look for AI solutions, the demand for information system analysts is expected to boom.
Database Analysts and Data Administrators - NOC 2172
Database analysts and data administrators have been imperative in helping the government and other organizations in tracking and analyzing the Covid-19 data. As the pandemic continues, there is more mounting concern regarding the collection, storage, and management of data provided by virtual health and social services. Therefore, there is an increase in demand for workers in these occupations.