NOC 32120 Medical laboratory technologists
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 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants has changed to the following:
NOC 3212 has become Noc 32120
NOC 32120 replaces NOC 3212 for the job title of Medical laboratory technologists
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.
Medical laboratory technologists 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 3212 changed to NOC 32120?
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 Medical laboratory technologists?
The old NOC structure (NOC 2016) for NOC 3212 was categorized based on Skill Level. Level.
The old level of 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants “is Skill Level B which means the requirement is two to three years of post-secondary education at community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP, or Two to five years of apprenticeship training. Alternatively, three to four years of secondary school and more than two years of on-the-job training, occupation-specific training courses or specific work experience may be acceptable.”.
The new NOC structure for Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants uses the NOC Code 32120 and the Skill requirement of “Completion of a post-secondary education program of two to three years at community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP; or Completion of an apprenticeship training program of two to five years; or Occupations with supervisory or significant safety responsibilities; or Several years of experience in a related occupation from TEER 3 (when applicable).”
NOC 32120 Summary
NOC 32120 was previously 3212
The job title for both 32120 and 3212 is now Medical laboratory technologists
The TEER level for 32120 is “Completion of a post-secondary education program of two to three years at community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP; or Completion of an apprenticeship training program of two to five years; or Occupations with supervisory or significant safety responsibilities; or Several years of experience in a related occupation from TEER 3 (when applicable).”
The level of demand in Canada for the role remains Exceptional
Canada Visa Options for NOC 32120
There are a number of Canada Visa options for NOC 3212. These include:
Federal Skilled Visas
Canadian Experience Class
Is NOC 32120 in demand in Canada
Medical laboratory technologists
This means that currently, according to Statistics Canada, the role of Medical laboratory technologists 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 32120 will be filled by highly skilled and motivated newcomers to Canada.