NOC 31120 Pharmacists
Canada is making some significant changes to its Immigration National Occupation Classification system.
The current NOC List is currently being updated. As a result, the details for NOC 3131 Pharmacists has changed to the following:
NOC 3131 has become Noc 31120
NOC 31120 replaces NOC 3131 for the job title of Pharmacists
Will this change affect me?
The new 2021 NOC codes will likely impact Express Entry and PNP candidates, especially those with occupations previously at NOC Skill Level B.
Pharmacists applicants need to identify which occupation, or NOC code, their work falls under. Making the correct choice of NOC is therefore a vital part of a successful Canadian Immigration project.
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Why has NOC 3131 changed to NOC 31120?
Every seven to ten years Canadian Immigration adjusts the National Occupation Classification Code to reflect changes in immigration and the economy. It also reflects the broader needs of employers and the overall nature of work in Canada. The NOC is developed and maintained between Statistics Canada (STC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
In 2021 a new National Occupation Code index was announced. This new 2021 NOC List replaces all previous versions of the Canadian NOC List.
The old Skill Levels were based on four categories; Skill Level A, B, C, D.
These have been replaced with levels of Training, Education, Experience and Responsibility (TEER).
Every NOC Code and Occupation now has a TEER level for Immigration purposes rather than one of the traditional Skill Levels.
What’s changed for the job title Pharmacists?
The old NOC structure (NOC 2016) for NOC 3131 was categorized based on Skill Level. Level.
The old level of 3131 Pharmacists “has skill Level A: University degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate) is required”.
The new NOC structure for Pharmacists uses the NOC Code 31120 and the Skill requirement of “Completion of a university degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate) or Previous experience and expertise in subject matter knowledge from a related occupation found in TEER 2 (when applicable).”
NOC 31120 Summary
NOC 31120 was previously 3131
The job title for both 31120 and 3131 is now Pharmacists
The TEER level for 31120 is “Completion of a university degree (bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate) or Previous experience and expertise in subject matter knowledge from a related occupation found in TEER 2 (when applicable).”
The level of demand in Canada for the role remains Unprecedented
Canada Visa Options for NOC 31120
There are a number of Canada Visa options for NOC 3131. These include:
Federal Skilled Visas
Canadian Experience Class
Is NOC 31120 in demand in Canada
This means that currently, according to Statistics Canada, the role of Pharmacists in Canada currently has more jobs advertised than available candidates. It is anticipated that over the next 18 to 24 months the Canadian Skills shortage for the National Occupation Code 31120 will be filled by highly skilled and motivated newcomers to Canada.