New jobs that are in demand in Saskatchewan due to COVID-19

In Saskatchewan, the pandemic has raised the demand for some jobs.

According to a Canadian government assessment on how the pandemic is influencing labour in each province, some occupations in Saskatchewan have seen an increase in demand as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Many industries, such as tourism and hospitality, were adversely affected by pandemic-related shutdowns. Many people have lost their employment or had their hours cut back. Other industries, on the other hand, reported an increase in job openings.

The following are nine of the jobs that have seen a rise in demand. The jobs are mentioned with their NOC (National Occupational Classification) codes.

1. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)

Patients are cared for by these nurses, who also provide health education programmes and advisory services.

They can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centres, clinics, and private residences.

In April 2020, employment for these nurses was 33% greater than in April 2019.

The need for registered nurses has remained high due to the importance of this profession in diagnosing and caring for COVID-19 patients.

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

Customers’ purchases are packed, commodities are priced, shelves are stocked with products, and mail and telephone orders are filled by these specialists. They work at retail stores, supermarkets, department stores, and warehouses.

In April 2020, employment for these specialists was 123 percent greater than in April 2019.

Because of the shift in consumer buying habits during the epidemic, there has been an increased in demand for necessary commodities. As a result, several grocery stores have hired more shelf stockers and order fillers.

3. Heavy equipment operators (NOC 7521)

Heavy equipment operators are in charge of operating heavy machinery that is used to build highways, bridges, airports, and tunnels, among other buildings.

Construction companies, heavy equipment contractors, and other businesses hire them.

In April 2020, employment for these professionals was 11% greater than in April 2019.

Saskatchewan recently stated that it would invest $7.5 billion in infrastructure over the next two years. This alone means that jobs such as heavy equipment operators will be in more demand.

4. Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511)

Drivers of trucks deliver commodities and resources across provincial and international highways. Distribution, manufacturing, transportation, and relocation industries all use them. They labour in a variety of fields, including construction and wholesale distribution.

Truck driver employment increased by 8% in April 2020 compared to April 2019. The demand for these experts is very high across Canada, owing to a long-standing truck driver deficit.

5. Real estate agents and salespersons (NOC 6232)

Real estate agents and salespeople are those who act as brokers in the selling or acquisition of real estate. Houses, apartments, commercial buildings, and other real estate are included.

The COVID-19 epidemic had no effect on these experts’ jobs. Demand, on the other hand, continues to be robust.

Throughout the pandemic, virtual viewings have provided agents with much-needed flexibility. These viewings will aid in the marketing of the home to prospective purchasers.

6. Power engineers and power systems operators (NOC 9241)

Reactors, turbines, boilers, generators, engines, and other equipment are all operated and maintained by power engineers. This is for the purpose of providing utilities such as heat, light, and refrigeration.

In electrical control centres, power system operators monitor and operate switchboards. This is for the distribution of electrical power to be controlled.

In April 2020, employment for these occupations was a stunning 208 percent greater than in April 2019. Throughout the epidemic, these occupations were in high demand.

7. Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171)

These experts examine and evaluate system requirements, create and implement plans, policies, and processes, and offer guidance on a variety of information systems concerns.

In April 2020, employment for information systems, analysts, and consultants was 38% greater than in April 2019.

As more people work or study from home during the pandemic, there has been a shift toward more technological usage.

8. User support technicians (NOC 2282)

User support technicians assist computer users who are having problems with their computer hardware or software.

Software developers, contact centres, computer hardware makers, and information technology organisations all use them.

In April 2020, employment for this occupation was 38% greater than in April 2019.

The rise in demand for this vocation is also due to an increase in the use of technology, as more businesses and individuals transition to remote work.

9. Cleaning supervisors (NOC 6315)

Supervising and coordinating the work of personnel such as specialised cleaners, janitors, caretakers, and superintendents is the responsibility of these experts.

Hospitals, health-care facilities, hotels, schools, and other businesses frequently hire them.

Cleaning supervisors had a 13% increase in employment in April 2020 compared to April 2019.

This growth is unsurprising, given that improved cleaning practises became a focus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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