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National Occupational Classification (NOC)

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The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is a national, standardized reference on occupations in Canada. Over 30,000 job titles have been organized into 520 occupational group descriptions that can be used for defining and collecting statistics, managing information databases, analyzing labour market trends and extracting practical career-planning information. Also, it provides statisticians, labour market analysts, career counsellors, employers and individual job seekers a consistent way to collect data that describes and understands the nature of work. The NOC is updated according to five-year Census cycles, reflecting the evolution of the Canadian labour market.


Government of Canada. National Occupational Classification. Online: (Retrieved on August 7, 2014)

Neault, Roberta, “Theoretical Foundations of Career Development.” In Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani (editors). Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles and Professionalism. Toronto: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), 2014, p.147.

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