Nova Scotia targets lower-skilled occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) C through a specific Provincial Nominee Program stream.
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program Occupations In Demand stream targets a short list of jobs deemed in high demand in the province.
The targeted jobs include positions in the health, hospitality and skilled trades sectors.
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Candidates require a job offer in their occupation and one year of relevant work experience.
They must also be aged between 21 and 55, have a minimum of high school education, have a minimum language ability equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 in English or French and have demonstrable financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.
These are the targeted jobs through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program Occupations In-Demand stream:
- NOC 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates).
- NOC 6513 (Food and beverage servers).
- NOC 6711 (Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations).
- NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers).
- NOC 7521 (Heavy equipment operators (except crane)).
- NOC 7611 (Construction trades helpers and labourers).
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Top 10 Most In-Demand Jobs In Nova Scotia
1. Nurse Aides, Orderlies And Patient Service Associates (NOC 3413)
These are the people who assist nurses, hospital staff and physicians in the basic care of patients in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted care facilities for the elderly and other healthcare establishments.
In Nova Scotia, these positions come with an average annual salary of $35,100 based on a 37.5-hour work week but that pay can go up to $40,950 depending on experience and the location of the job.
2. Physicians – Family (NOC 3112) and Specialists (3111)
General practitioners and family physicians diagnose and treat diseases, physiological disorders and injuries. In Nova Scotia, they make a median annual salary of $192,605 but can earn as much as $351,221.
3. Nurses (NOC 3012)
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses provide direct nursing care to patients, deliver health education programs and provide consultative services regarding issues relevant to the practice of nursing.
The occupation comes with a median annual wage of $76,050 based on a 37.5-hour work week with top wage earners making up to $84,669 along the North Shore.
4. Food And Beverage Servers (NOC 6513) and Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers (NOC 6711)
Restaurateurs in Nova Scotia are facing a serious labour shortage for cooks and servers.
The median annual income for a server or cook in Nova Scotia, based on a 37.5-hour work week, is $27,300 and the annual salary for cooks tops off at $40,872.
5. Cleaners (NOC 6731)
Those who clean lobbies, hallways, offices and rooms of hotels, motels, resorts, hospitals, schools, office buildings and private residences were a hot commodity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Nova Scotia, commercial cleaners earn a median annual salary of $28,370 based on a 37.5-hour work week but can make up to $39,000.
6. Transport Truck Drivers (NOC 7511)
Trucking jobs attract a median annual income in Nova Scotia of $39,000, but that can rise to $58,500 for those working in Halifax.
7. Construction trades helpers and labourers (NOC 7611)
Construction trades helpers and labourers help skilled tradespersons and perform labouring activities at construction sites, in quarries and in surface mines or construction companies, trade and labour contractors, and surface mine and quarry operators.
The median annual wage for a construction worker in Nova Scotia, based on a 37.5-hour work week is $37,050 but they can earn up to $58,500 per year.
8. Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane) (NOC 7521)
Those workers who operate the heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other structures, in surface mining and quarrying activities, and in material handling work are in hot demand.
Employed by construction companies, heavy equipment contractors, public works departments and pipeline, logging, cargo-handling and other companies, these workers have a median annual income of $42,900 based on a standard work week. At the upper end, they can earn $67,370 for the same 37.5 hours per week.
9. Information Systems Analysts And Consultants (NOC 2171)
Information systems analysts and consultants analyze and test systems requirements, develop and implement information systems development plans, policies and procedures, and provide advice on a wide range of information systems issues.
These professionals earn a median annual wage of $73,125 in Nova Scotia based on a standard work week but can make up to $106,000 per year.
10. Computer Programmers And Interactive Media Developers (NOC 2174)
These are the people who write, modify, integrate and test computer code for software applications, data processing applications, operating systems-level software and communications software.
They earn a median annual wage of $69,260 in Nova Scotia based on a standard work week but can command up to $114,370 in the Annapolis Valley of the province.