One of the most devastating impacts Covid-19 has had on Canada is its effect on the job market.
Due to border closures and travel restrictions, Canada has suffered from a lack of skilled migrant arrivals from overseas, which has suffocated the country’s workforce and industries.
However, despite many occupations being negatively impacted by the pandemic, some jobs saw an increase in demand, according to a government study.
The study looked at the impact of Covid-19 on Quebec, and calculated the difference in employment averages between March to October 2020 and March to October 2019.
Ranging from Information systems analysts to Pharmacists, here are five jobs in Quebec that have increased in demand during the Covid-19 pandemic:
1. Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171)
As businesses and workplaces shifted to remote working during the pandemic, the demand for Information systems analysts and consultants increased. Average employment in this occupation rose by 30.9 per cent between the study period.
Professionals in this field are required to analyze and test systems requirements, advise users on information systems, and develop and implement new plans, policies, and procedures.
2. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
The convenience of working remotely, combined with an increased rate of digitizing office work, meant that Computer programmers and interactive media developers also saw an increase in demand in Quebec.
Average employment in this occupation increased by 17.4 per cent between 2019 and 2020, extending from March to October.
3. Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111)
These professionals are employed across all industries in Canada, and their average employment increased by 18.4 per cent during the study period.
Financial auditors and accountants have been tasked with assessing the financial impact of the pandemic, including the valuation of assets, debt restructuring, modification of leases, and government assistance measures.
4. Medical administrative assistants (NOC 1243)
Hardly a surprise to see increased demand for professionals in hospitals and other healthcare facilities during the pandemic!
Medical administrative assistants saw an increase of 16.7 per cent in average employment during the study period.
5. Pharmacists (NOC 3131)
Sticking to healthcare, Pharmacists were also in high demand in Quebec owing to the pandemic, with average employment increasing by almost 56 per cent throughout the study period.
Typically working in hospitals and personal care stores, Pharmacists have been tasked with providing consultations, medical opinions, medication adjustments, and prescription extensions during the Covid-19 pandemic.