Saskatchewan | Jobs-In Demand

A Canadian government study on how the pandemic affects employment in each province highlights some occupations that have increased demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Saskatchewan.

It is true that many industries have been negatively affected by pandemic shocks, such as the tourism and hospitality sectors. Many people have lost their jobs or have seen their hours reduced due to the economic downfall and COVID-19. However, other sectors have seen vacancies increase.

Here are nine of the jobs that have increased demand. Jobs are listed next to their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code.

1. (NOC 6232): Real estate agents and salespersons 

Real estate agents and sellers are professions that act as agents for the sale or purchase of the property. This includes houses, apartments, commercial buildings, and other real estates.

Employment for these professionals has not been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, demand remains high.

Virtual visions have given agents much-needed flexibility throughout the pandemic. These visions help property marketing to potential buyers.

2. (NOC 7511): Transport truck drivers 

Truck drivers are responsible for transporting goods and materials across provinces and international roads. They are employed by distribution, manufacturing, transportation, and moving companies. They work in many industries including construction and wholesale trade.

Employment for truck drivers increased by 8 percent in April 2020 compared to April 2019. Demand for these professionals continues across Canada, in line with the long-term shortage of truck drivers.

3. (NOC 6315): Cleaning supervisors 

These professionals are responsible for overseeing and coordinating the work of workers such as specialized cleaners, porters, custodians, and superintendents.

They are usually employed by hospitals, health institutions, hotels, schools, and other companies.

Employment for police supervisors was 13 percent higher in April 2020 compared to April 2019.

This growth comes as no surprise, as improved policing procedures have become a priority amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

4. (NOC 7521): Heavy equipment operators 

Heavy equipment operators manage the heavy equipment used in the construction of roads, bridges, airports, tunnels among other structures.

These candidates are employed by heavy equipment contractors, construction companies, and other companies.

Employment for these professionals was 11 percent higher in April 2020 compared to April 2019.

It should be noted that Saskatchewan has announced that it has dedicated $ 7.5 billion in infrastructure costs over two years. This only suggests an increased demand for occupations such as heavy equipment operators.

5. (NOC 9241): Power Engineers and Power Systems Operators 

Energy engineers are the ones who operate and maintain turbines, reactors, engines, boilers, generators, and other equipment. This is to provide utility services such as heating, lighting, and refrigeration.

Energy system operators monitor and operate switchboards in electrical control centers. This is to control the distribution of electricity.

Employment for these occupations was an enormous 208 percent higher in April 2020 compared to April 2019. As per the reports the demand for these occupations did not diminished or reduced throughout the pandemic.

6. (NOC 6622): Store shelf stockers, clerks, and order fillers 

These professionals package customer purchases, pricing items, stock shelves with products and fill orders by mail and phone. They are employed in retail stores, grocery stores, department stores and department stores.

Employment for these professionals was 123 percent higher in April 2020 compared to April 2019.

There has been an increased demand for essential items due to the changing spending habits of consumers during the pandemic. Many grocery stores have taken additional store shelves and consequently refills.

7. (NOC 2171): Information System Analysts

These professionals analyze and test the requirements of the systems, develop and implement plans, policies, and procedures and give advice on various information systems issues.

Employment for information systems and analysts and consultants was 38 percent higher in April 2020 compared to April 2019.

There has been a shift towards increased use of technology during the pandemic as more and more people work or study from home.

8. (NOC 3012): Registered Nurses and Psychiatric Nurses 

These nurses provide nursing care to patients, provide health education programs and counseling services.

It can be used in many environments, such as hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, clinics, and private homes.

Employment for these nurses was 33 percent higher in April 2020 compared to April 2019.

This role has been critical in the diagnosis and care of COVID-19 patients, and so the demand for registered nurses has remained strong.

9. (NOC 2282): User support technicians 

User support techniques provide support to computer users who are having difficulty with computer hardware or software.

They are employed by software developers, call centers, computer hardware manufacturers, and information technology units.

Employment for this occupation was 38 percent higher in April 2020 compared to April 2019.

The increasing demand for this occupation also comes from the increased use of technology as more companies and individuals move towards remote work.

How can you immigrate to Saskatchewan if you work in one of these occupations?

Economic immigration to Canadian provinces and territories exists so that the Canadian government can address the labor market needs across Canada and support the country’s economic growth as well.

There a Permanent Residency (PR) paths for those candidates who are having relevant working experience in a demanding occupation in a particular province.

You can also use your skilled work experience toward a permanent residency application through one of the top three economy-class immigration programs in Canada: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Canada Immigration Department uses the Express Entry program for managing the applications through one of these programs.

Before proceeding with the Express Entry Program, the candidate has to make sure that their occupation is eligible by Canadian authorities by reviewing the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Your NOC code must be skill type 0, level A, or level B.

From the list above, only the following occupations will be eligible for Express Entry:

  1. Real estate agents and sellers;
  2. Cleaning supervisors;
  3. Energy engineers and energy system operators;
  4. Information systems analysts and consultants;
  5. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses;
  6. User support technicians.

Saskatchewan has its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), also known as the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

The province has a subcategory specific to the required occupations in the category of International Skilled Workers. Whenever Saskatchewan holds a draw, the government releases the list of eligible occupations for that particular draw.

If the candidates also have an Express Entry profile, this may open doors to the provincial immigration programs that are aligned with Express Entry also. This includes the Saskatchewan Express Entry subcategory, also in the International Skilled Workers category.

Until 2021, from the list above, only those with work experiences such as user support technicians, energy engineers, and energy system operators have been invited through Saskatchewan Express Entry.

In addition, those with work experience as information systems analysts and advisors were invited through the In-Demand Employment subcategory.

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