Nova Scotia In-Demand Occupations Stream: Which Jobs Are Targeted?

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Nova Scotia targets low-skilled occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) C through a specific stream of the Provincial Nominee Program.

The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program’s In-Demand Occupations stream targets a short list of jobs deemed to be in high demand in the province.

Targeted jobs include positions in healthcare, hospitality and skilled trades.


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Candidates need a job offer in their profession and one year of relevant work experience.

They must also be between the ages of 21 and 55, have at least a high school diploma, have a minimum language ability equal to level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (NCLC) in English or French, and have demonstrable financial resources to s successfully settle in Nova Scotia.

Here are the jobs targeted through the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program’s In-Demand Occupations Stream:

  1. NOC 3413 (Nursing assistants, orderlies and orderlies).
  2. NOC 6513 (food and beverage servers).
  3. NOC 6711 (counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support workers).
  4. NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers).
  5. NOC 7521 (heavy equipment operators (except crane)).
  6. NOC 7611 (helpers and laborers in construction).

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The 10 Most In-Demand Jobs in Nova Scotia

1. Nurse aides, patient service associates and patient service associates (NOC 3413)

They are the people who assist nurses, hospital staff and doctors in the basic care of patients in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted care facilities for the elderly and other health facilities.

In Nova Scotia, these positions come with an average annual salary of $35,100 based on a 37.5 hour work week, but that salary can go up to $40,950 depending on experience and location. work.

2. Family physicians (NOC 3112) and specialists (3111)

General practitioners and family physicians diagnose and treat diseases, physiological disorders and injuries. In Nova Scotia, they earn a median annual salary of $192,605, but can earn up to $351,221.

3. Nurses (NOC 3012)

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses provide direct nursing care to patients, deliver health education programs, and provide advisory services on issues relevant to nursing practice.

The profession comes with a median annual salary of $76,050 based on a 37.5-hour work week, with top earners earning up to $84,669 along the North Shore.

4. Food and Beverage Servers (NOC 6513) and Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers (NOC 6711)

Nova Scotia restaurateurs are facing a severe labor shortage for cooks and servers.

The median annual income for a waiter or cook in Nova Scotia, based on a 37.5 hour work week, is $27,300 and the annual salary for cooks is $40,872.

5. Cleaners (NOC 6731)

Those who clean the lobbies, hallways, offices and rooms of hotels, motels, resorts, hospitals, schools, office buildings and private residences were in short supply during the pandemic of COVID-19.

In Nova Scotia, commercial cleaners earn a median annual salary of $28,370 based on a 37.5 hour work week, but can earn up to $39,000.

6. Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511)

Trucking jobs attract a median annual income in Nova Scotia of $39,000, but that income can reach $58,500 for those working in Halifax.

7. Construction trades helpers and laborers (NOC 7611)

Construction Trades Helpers and Laborers assist skilled tradespeople and perform laborers on construction sites, in quarries and in surface mines or construction companies, trades and labor contractors. workers and operators of surface mines and quarries.

The median annual salary for a construction worker in Nova Scotia, based on a 37.5 hour work week, is $37,050, but they can earn up to $58,500 per year.

8. Heavy equipment operators (except cranes) (NOC 7521)

Workers who operate heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other structures, in mining and surface mining and material handling work are in high demand.

Employed by construction companies, heavy equipment contractors, public works departments, and pipeline, logging, cargo handling and other companies, these workers have a median annual income of $42,900 based on a standard work week. At the high end, they can earn $67,370 for the same 37.5 hours per week.

9. Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171)

Information systems analysts and consultants analyze and test system requirements, develop and implement information systems development plans, policies and procedures, and provide advice on a wide range of systems issues of information.

These professionals earn a median annual salary of $73,125 in Nova Scotia based on a standard work week, but can earn up to $106,000 per year.

10. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)

They are the people who write, modify, integrate and test computer code for software applications, data processing applications, operating system level software and communications software.

They earn a median annual salary of $69,260 in Nova Scotia based on a standard work week, but can earn up to $114,370 in the province’s Annapolis Valley.

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