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What would be Canada’s top Jobs for Skilled Workers In 2020?

We have gathered for you the top 10 Canada jobs most likely to receive Canada Express Entry Invitations to Apply in 2020. Most of these candidates would have a CRS score of 470+ and do not need a job offer in order to be invited by the Federal Government.

In 2019 Canada accepted 109,595 candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Pool, it is up 19% percent on the 2018 total of 92,230 and a 68% percent increase in the 2017 total of 65,425.

The constant increase, year by year, of the number of candidates accepted and become Permanent Residents of Canada, clearly establish a solid prominence of the Express Entry system into its current position as the major route for high skilled workers to immigrate to Canada.

Top 10 Canada Express Entry Jobs

By Number of Permanent Resident Admissions

 Occupation and 2-Digit NOC Code2019 Number of Admissions
121 – Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences16,685
211 – Professional occupations in business and finance6,825
301-05 – Specialized middle management occupations5,320
412 – Administrative and financial supervisors and administrative occupations5,260
522 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences3,870
640 – Professional occupations in education services3,565
763 – Service supervisors and specialized service occupations2,825
862 – Retail sales supervisors and specialized sales occupations2,415
941 – Professional occupations in law and social, community and government services2,325
1006 – Middle management occupations in retail and wholesale trade and customer services2,185
Total Express Entry Admissions109,595

Total Express Entry Admissions through Express Entry over the years:

The 109,595 total Express Entry admissions for 2019 is up 19 percent on the 2018 total of 92,230 and a mammoth 68 percent increase on the 2017 total of 65,425.

These figures chart the increase in Canada immigration levels over that time, as well as the increased prominence of the Express Entry system into its current position as the major route for high skilled workers to immigrate to Canada.

Read further for a breakdown of the most in-demand occupations under Canada Express Entry in 2020.

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Technology professionals and engineers are the two foremost in-demand fields in Canada, and they also fall under the same branch of the National Occupational Classification. Therefore, NOC 21 will continue to dominate in terms of the skilled workers admitted through Express Entry. Important occupations under the NOC include software developers, computer programmers, web designers, computer engineers, chemical engineers. Also falling under NOC are architects and surveyors, plus mathematicians and statisticians. There remains significant demand for qualified engineers in Canada. Canada salaries for engineers can range from $60,000 to $120,000 depending on the position, experience of the candidate and location of the employer. Another in-demand position under NOC 21 is software developer. Average salaries range from $70,000 to $130,000.
211Physical science professionals
212Life science professionals
213Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers
214Other engineers
215Architects, urban planners and land surveyors
216Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
217Computer and information systems professionals
Qualified accountants are central figures in successful businesses. There is no surprise that professionals in this field are high in-demand for Express Entry immigration. Occupations under NOC 11 include both auditors and accountants, and also human resource and business service professionals. Accountant salaries in Canada range from $50,000 to over $100,000, depending on skills, experience and the location of employers. For positions in human resources, salaries can range from $60,000 to $150,000 depending on the seniority of the position.
111Auditors, accountants and investment professionals
112Human resources and business service professionals
A range of middle management roles are put together under NOC 01-05, including financial managers, administrators, engineering managers and information systems managers. While NOC 21 features those with technical ability in IT and engineering, managers in those fields fall under NOC 01-05. Therefore, while the numbers admitted through Express Entry are not as large, the occupations included in the category are of significant importance. For financial managers, salaries in the range of $75,000 to $150,000. For engineering managers, salaries range between $75,000 for entry-level positions and $140,000 for the most senior roles.
011Administrative services managers
012Managers in financial and business services
013Managers in communication (except broadcasting)
021Managers in engineering, architecture, science and information systems
031Managers in health care
041Managers in public administration
042Managers in education and social and community services
043Managers in public protection services
051Managers in art, culture, recreation and sport
Finance office supervisors, human resources and recruitment officers and legal administrative assistants are among the occupations covered under NOC 12. In 2019, 5,260 administrators came to Canada through the Express Entry system, making them the fourth largest occupation group. For recruiters and recruitment officers, salaries are in the range of $40,000 to $75,000, often loaded with significant benefits and commission.
121Administrative services supervisors
122Administrative and regulatory occupations
124Office administrative assistants – general, legal and medical
125Court reporters, transcriptionists, records management technicians and statistical officers
NOC 22 has several occupations related to engineering and information technology, explaining the reason why it saw 3,870 new immigrants arrive via Express Entry in 2019. Important positions falling under NOC 22 include computer network technicians, user support technicians, information systems testing technicians, plus technologists and technicians in engineering fields. For computer network technicians, salaries can rage between $60,000 for entry-level positions, up to $120,000 for the most senior roles.
221Technical occupations in physical sciences
222Technical occupations in life sciences
223Technical occupations in civil, mechanical and industrial engineering
224Technical occupations in electronics and electrical engineering
225Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying, geomatics and meteorology
226Other technical inspectors and regulatory officers
227Transportation officers and controllers
228Technical occupations in computer and information systems
College and university professors who are experts in their fields are also popular Express Entry immigrants to Canada. Through NOC 40, which also includes high school and elementary school teachers, 3,565 immigrants arrived in Canada through Express Entry in 2019.
401University professors and post-secondary assistants
402College and other vocational instructors
403Secondary and elementary school teachers and educational counsellors
Important positions falling under NOC 63 for service supervisors and specialized service occupations include chefs and cooks, as well as butchers and bakers. Butchers and fishmongers in the wholesale industry are particularly sought-after for Canada immigration. There were 2,825 admissions through Express Entry under NOC 63 in 2019, with the category also including customer services supervisors, tailors and shoemakers.
631Service supervisors
632Chefs and cooks
633Butchers and bakers
634Specialized occupations in personal and customer services
NOC 62 covers includes retails sales supervisors, always one of the important in-demand occupations for Canada immigration. The NOC saw 2,415 admissions via Express Entry in 2019. Occupations including wholesale buyers, insurance brokers and real estate agents are also featured under NOC 62.
621Retail sales supervisors
622Technical sales specialists in wholesale trade and retail and wholesale buyers
623Insurance, real estate and financial sales occupations
NOC 41 for professional occupations in law and social, community and government services is the only occupation to make the 2019 top 10 that did not make the list in 2018. Jobs falling under the group include judges, lawyers, Quebec notaries, psychologists, social workers and counsellors. Other occupations include policy researchers, consultants and program officers, plus other professional occupations in the social sciences. There were 2,325 admissions in the category in 2019.
411Judges, lawyers and Quebec notaries
415Social and community service professionals
416Policy and program researchers, consultants and officers
Managers in several of the occupations already featured in the top 10 are included under NOC 06. Retail and wholesale trade managers, as well as food service and accommodation managers both feature under a NOC through which 2,185 arrived in 2019. The NOC also features corporate sales managers and customer services managers.
060Corporate sales managers
062Retail and wholesale trade managers
063Managers in food service and accommodation
065Managers in customer and personal services

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