5. Database Analysts and Data Administrators (NOC 2172)
This is another field that will continue to grow, following the shift from companies to deliver more online services. Throughout the pandemic, the government and other organizations have prioritized case tracking and COVID-19 data analysis. A continued interest in COVID-19 data and analysis will support these job opportunities. Following the demand for virtual health and social services, the need for secure data collection, storage, and management will ensure continued job opportunities in this field.
6. Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers (NOC 2174)
The need to help design COVID-related digital media to support the dissemination of information made talent with these skills in high demand at the start of the pandemic. Due to the nature of their work, many were already in a position to work from home. An increase in demand for digital products and services will support opportunities for these workers, especially as the global e-learning market grows. The Ontario Government is working with various organizations to create digital resources for online learning. Such initiatives are expected to support these workers.
7. Web Designers and Developers (NOC 2175)
The pandemic reinforced how easy and capable we are to do things like shop, go to school and visit a doctor online. With restrictions loosening, many still prefer this method. Web designers and developers are also integral in building COVID-19-related websites to help disseminate information. Due to the nature of their work, many of these workers already had telework capabilities before the pandemic.
8. Medical Laboratory Technologists (NOC 3211)
This field was already feeling a shortage pre-pandemic due to a high number of retirees and a low number of new graduates available to take their place. The coronavirus outbreak has made the supply of these workers even more scarce, even though the number of positions in the field has increased. Ontario is funding a new program to train laboratory workers to reduce the workload for certified medical laboratory technologists and their assistants. Without programs like these, the number of job vacancies in this occupation will continue to grow so long as there are not enough new graduates to fill them.
9. Graphic Designers and Illustrators (NOC 5241)
As the use and implementation of digital products increases, so will job opportunities for graphic designers and illustrators. Creating content and graphics for e-commerce, online banking, and e-learning platforms will further expand in size. Subsequently, these positions will likely go to freelance firms and professionals, so having more options for buyers will help the growth of the entire industry.