What is the Career Handbook?
The Career Handbook is the counselling component of the National Occupation
Classification (NOC) system. It provides 923 occupational profiles for counselling
based on NOC 2001 occupations. This counselling resource is used by a wide range of
professionals for many applications, and by individuals engaged in self-directed career
What are the descriptor scales of the Career Handbook?
The scales in the Career Handbook are commonly used by career counsellors and other professional
intermediaries to identify clients’ areas of interest and particular aptitudes required for an occupation.
Please see the Glossary for descriptor definitions. It is also recommended that users read the
Introduction of the Career Handbook.
How often is the Career Handbook updated?
Revisions to the Career Handbook follow updates to the National Occupational Classification
(NOC). The NOC is revised to coincide with Statistics Canada Census of Population cycles. However, occupational
research and analyses are ongoing.
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How can Human Resources and Social Development
Canada (HRSDC) help me find a job?
HRSDC provides various resources and services to help individuals find work. To speak to someone
about career counselling, contact your local Human Resource
Centre of Canada.
For a list of on-line job finding tools,
Where do I find labour market information?
Visit the Government of Canada's Working in Canada Web
site at www.labourmarketinformation.ca.
Where do I find information about immigrating to
and/or working in Canada?
Questions of this nature should be directed to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Contact
the Department's representatives at your nearest Canadian Embassy, Consulate or Visa Office, or visit their
Web site at www.cic.gc.ca.
What are NOC Skill Type 0 and Skill Levels A and B?
Skill Type 0 refers to all management occupations. The NOC codes for these occupations begin with 0.
Skill Level A represents occupations usually requiring university education and Skill Level B corresponds to occupations
usually requiring college education or apprenticeship training. The second digit of the NOC codes for these occupations
(except management) is 1, 2, or 3. Please consult the NOC Training Tutorial
for further details.