The epidemic had a negative influence on some jobs on the island, while others have seen an increase in demand.
Many of us lost our jobs or saw our hours shortened as a result of COVID-19’s severe economic impact. Others were forced to work from home in order to slow the virus’s spread.
It is true that many jobs have suffered as a result of the recession. Other jobs, on the other hand, showed an increase in demand. Various in-demand jobs are highlighted in a government assessment on the pandemic’s impact on the Prince Edward Island labour market.
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes for some of these jobs are listed below.
7. Trades, transport and equipment operators and related jobs
A shortage of farm workers and harvesting labourers persists. Because of the reliance on international employment, this position was originally impacted by the closure of the Canadian border. When Canada exempted temporary foreign workers from the travel limitations, this was no longer an issue.
Here are some of the most in-demand jobs:
- General farm workers (NOC 8431);
- Harvesting labourers (NOC 8611).
6. Trades, transport and equipment operators and related jobs
In P.E.I., there has been a persistent lack of experienced transport truck drivers. Throughout the COVID-19 epidemic, this stays true.
Other delivery drivers, who may have been negatively affected, were in higher demand than delivery and courier service drivers for vital stores and take-out food service outlets.
Here are some of the most in-demand jobs:
- Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511);
- Delivery and courier service drivers (NOC 7514).
5. Jobs in education, law, and social community and government services
During the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for social and community service professionals remained stable or grew. Because of physical separation, social workers were able to switch to video conferencing.
Instructors, as well as home support workers and elementary and secondary school teachers, were in high demand. To reduce the risk of infection, more personnel were hired to spread out the workload.
- Social workers (NOC 4152);
- Social and community service workers (NOC 4212);
- Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations (NOC 4412);
- Elementary and secondary school teachers (NOC 4413).
4. Health care jobs
Because of the province’s growing and ageing population, these experts have high job prospects.
Registered nurses, registered mental nurses, and licenced practical nurses were already in limited supply. Because of increasing demand, the pandemic may have increased the shortfall.
Employers in P.E.I. have also struggled to recruit trained dental hygienists.
Here are a few of the health-care jobs with plenty of openings:
- Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012);
- Dental hygienists and dental therapists (NOC 3222);
- Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233);
- Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413).
3. Natural and applied sciences and related jobs
Because workers in these jobs were able to adjust to working from home, they did not face widespread unemployment as a result of the epidemic.
Information systems analysts and consultants were in high demand to help businesses move their operations online and to help colleges and institutions provide online education.
- Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171);
- Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174);
- User support technicians (NOC 2282).
2. Business, finance and administration jobs
Administrative officers work in a variety of fields. To restrict the spread of the virus, more people are being hired in the educational and health-care sectors to plan and implement health-and-safety practises.
Administrative officers (NOC 1221)
1. Management jobs
The following are some of the most in-demand jobs:
Home building and renovation managers (NOC 0712)
The need for home improvement projects rose for a variety of workers in this industry. This might have resulted in a labour shortage in the province for house building and renovation management.
As the province’s population rises as a result of continuing immigration, construction activity is likely to increase.
Managers in agriculture (NOC 0821)
During the epidemic, several of these managers saw an increase in demand for their services in order to help local businesses. However, due to restaurant closures and reduced french-fry production, potato producers were anticipating a big drop in demand.