The way that Canadian companies operate has changed due to the pandemic. Some sectors have seen widespread contraction and job loss, while others are on looking to expand their workforce. Working from home was a necessity for some time, and now is a highly desired aspect for employees.

The federal government looked into how the pandemic has affected the labour force in the provinces and territories. Researchers analyzed 109 occupations in Ontario that saw massive changes in employment as compared to pre-COVID days.

Here are some of the occupations that have seen an increased demand for labour during the pandemic. They are listed in order of their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code.

1. Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations Managers (NOC 0124)

Although spending on traditional advertising has dropped during the pandemic, which has affected employment, the industry continues to expand into the digital realm. Preliminary budgets suggest companies plan to increase spending on advertising, especially digital ads. Therefore, job opportunities will continue to increase for those with knowledge of how to sell using modern technology.

2. Computer and Information Systems Managers (NOC 0213)

Many Canadian workers spent their pandemic working from home, and they liked it. Companies that were previously limited in their ability to allow employees to work from home found that they had no choice. Now, these same companies have become reliant on computer and information systems managers. Many companies intend to implement telework for the long term. Plus, more virtual services such as medical appointments, e-commerce, job fairs, and others call for more IT workers. These developments are expected to drive up demand for tech professionals as firms adapt to new ways of working.

3. Biologists and Related Scientists (NOC 2121)

The research and development of more vaccines and treatments will continue to support job opportunities for scientists. This includes bio-information workers, immunologists, pharmacologists, and virologists, who are researching COVID-19. After experiencing a pandemic firsthand, this generation is now equipped with increased awareness, and is expected to drive more virus research opportunities.

4. Information Systems Analysts and Consultants (NOC 2171)

As companies transitioned to remote work, the skills of Information systems analysts and consultants have been crucial. Their work was considered essential in Ontario during the lockdown. Several other factors suggest long-term demand for labour in this field. As companies expand their products and services online, digital processes are growing and so is the risk of cyber-security breaches. Increased interest in using AI solutions for various lines of business could see more work for Artificial Intelligence Analysts.

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