(Check out our complete overview of the official 2018 Express Entry Report here.)
Software engineers and designers jumped from second place to first in the overall list of most common occupations among invited candidates, swapping places with Information systems analysts and consultants. Computer programmers and interactive media developers, in third place, ensured a clean sweep of the podium for IT and tech professions.
Other occupations that made it into the top 10 had a heavy business and finance focus, showcasing Canadian employers’ thirst for smart, talented workers who can fit key roles in Canada’s knowledge-based economy.
Most common occupations among Express Entry invitations issued, 2018
|Occupation||NOC||2018 invitations||2017-2018 difference||2018 % of total|
|Software engineers and designers||2173||6126||+1253||6.8%|
|Information systems analysts and consultants||2171||5429||+230||6.0%|
|Computer programmers and interactive media developers||2174||3450||+27||3.8%|
|Financial auditors and accountants||1111||2483||+91||2.8%|
|Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations||1123||2049||+162||2.3%|
|University professors and lecturers||4011||1942||+117||2.2%|
|Financial and investment analysts||1112||1921||+161||2.1%|
|Professional occupations in business management consulting||1122||1915||+279||2.1%|
|Advertising, marketing and public relations managers||0124||1775||+274||2.0%|
One thing to note from the latest Express Entry data is that the top 10 most common occupations together represented only one-third of the total number of invitations issued, with the remaining two-thirds distributed among other skilled occupations in Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.
So if you are an agricultural worker, an editor, a lawyer, teacher, health care worker or any other skilled occupation type, don’t worry! Canada has been inviting plenty of these types of worker as well.