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The Top 10 Quebec Jobs That Grew in Demand

The Canadian government recently released study results of all the jobs affected by the Covid-19 in Quebec. Owing to the public measures that Quebec had instituted to curb the spread of the pandemic, many jobs were adversely affected. Some of these jobs range from administrative assistants, retail salespersons, and cooks. Some of the effects include job losses or reduction of the working hours.

On the contrary, some occupations experienced an increase in demand. Read on to understand examples of such jobs. In the below list, we listed the occupations with their national occupation classification (NOC) code.

1. The Delivery and Courier Service Driver Jobs (NOC 7514)

These types of jobs involve driving different kinds of vehicles, light trucks, vans or even motorcycles to pick or deliver parcels and other products to various destinations. They mainly get their jobs from businesses dealing with messaging, retail trades, or food services. More importantly, they can also employ themselves.

Due to the Covid-19 health and safety measures, including the closure of restaurants, stores, and retail outlets, increased the demand for delivery services. This means that these types of jobs were highly demanded than before.

Also, almost everybody turned to e-commerce due to the reiterated mantra of social distance and new normal. This saw a 62.4% increase in the number of employees in this sector between 2019 and 2020 from March to October.

2. Store Shelf Stokers, Order Fillers, and Clerks (NOC 6622)

These jobs entail purchase packaging, item pricing, stocking shelves, filling mails and telephone orders. Mostly, these types of professionals typically get their jobs from the food and beverage stores, personals, and health care.

These types of jobs saw an increase of about 20% between the years 2019 and 2020. Owing to the social distance measures, people were not supposed to walk or interact freely. So orders were to be prepared and delivered to their owners through e-commerce and courier services—hence an increase in parcel handlers, order fillers, and clerks.

3. Supply Chain, Supervisory, and Scheduling Coordination Jobs (NOC 1215)

Mainly, you will find these professionals in the manufacturing, transportation, warehousing, wholesaling, and Retailing Sectors.

The increase in demand in this sector was mainly caused by the rise in demand for medical supplies. Additionally, many manufacturers also faced mild or strong disruptions. So, these types of professionals were very vital in revamping the manufacturing industry back to its glory.

Employment demand in this sector increased by 48.7% during this period—between 2019 and 2020 for the march to October period.

4. High School Teacher Jobs (NOC 4031)

Remember, when the pandemic persisted in spring 2020, almost all the physical schools were closed in Quebec. And most of them shifted to online learning. Students disintegrated into their respective homes, where parents were forced to hire teachers or include their children in the online classes.

This increased the demand for secondary school teachers by 27.2% between 2019 and 2020 from March to October.

5. Human Resource Jobs (NOC 1121)

From when the pandemic first hit, these are the professionals that intervened to come up with business continuity plans. They were mainly tasked with coming up with ways to continue working online, manage workers’ stress and anxiety, and ensure every employee is adopting the set health and safety practices.

The average demand increase for the jobs in this sector hit a high of 25.5% between March and October 2019 in Quebec, Canada.

6. The User Support Technicians (NOC 2282)

The user support professionals are mainly employed in finance, computer system designs, public administration, and insurance.

The best part of it that catapulted the demand for these job types is that they can be executed remotely. During the pandemic, many businesses and industries saw the importance of e-commerce. As these sectors were shifting towards digital transformation, there was a high increase in demand for these jobs. Between 2019 and 2020, for the period extending from March to October, user support technician jobs increased by 52.9%.

7. Accountants and Financial Auditors (NOC 1111)

These types of professionals are spread in almost all industries. Also, these professionals have been closely involved in assessing how the pandemic has impacted businesses. Some of their services include asset valuation, lease modifications, debt restructuring, and government assistance measures.

This is why the demand for these professionals increased mainly from the individuals who were highly worried about their business finances, especially during the pandemic. On average, the need for accountants and financial auditors in Quebec increased by 18.4% between 2019 and 2020

8. The Post-Secondary Teaching and Research Assistants (NOC 4012)

Mainly, you will find these professionals in universities, Quebec’s CEGEPs, and community colleges. After the virus struck, hybrid learning and distance learning became the order of the day in almost all the higher learning institutions.

These compelled learning institutions to hire more support staff and research assistants to support professors and their students. What resulted is an increase in the demand for these professionals by 37.9% between 2019 and 2020 from March to October.

9. The Medical Administrative Assistants (NOC 1243)

You will find these essential professionals in hospitals and other health facilities. After the pandemic kicked in, the increased demand for medical care stimulated an increase in demand for this occupation.

This led to an increase in demand for healthcare workers, which rose by 16.7% during this period.

10. Pharmacist (NOC 3131)

Pharmacists mainly work in hospitals, personal care stores, or pharmacies. During the pandemic, a lot of patients used pharmacists for consultations, medication adjustment, medical opinions, or prescription extensions, especially when they were unable to access their doctors.

This is the main reason why the average demand for pharmacists as a profession rose by 59.5% between 2019 and 2020.

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