Alberta High Demand Occupations List 2017-18

Alberta High Demand Occupations List 2017-18 offers eligible job positions for applicants under Alberta Immigration.

Fast-track immigration to Alberta is available for applicants who have work experience in one of the following occupations.

While no job offer is required for “fast-track” processing, there are requirements that must be met for each eligible category listed under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) Strategic Recruitment program.

There are three different categories that qualify under Strategic Recruitment “fast-track” processing for the AINP:

U.S. Visa Holders
Engineering Occupations
Compulsory Trades
Optional Trades

Last Updated 10 January 2018

Find below the Alberta High Demand Occupations List 2017-18 under Alberta Immigration:

NOC CodeOccupation Title
Management Occupations
0211Engineering Managers
0212Architecture and Science Managers
0611Sales, Marketing and Advertising Managers
0621Retail Trade Managers
0631Restaurant and Food Services Managers
0711Construction Managers
0721Facility Operation and Maintenance Managers
0811Primary Production Mgrs (Except Agric)
Business, Finance, and Administration Occupations
1111Financial Auditors
1221Administrative Officers
1235Assessors, Valuators and Appraisers
1241Administrative assistants
Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations
2111Physicists and Astronomers
2112Chemists
2113Geologists, Geochemists, and Geophysicists
2121Biologists
2131Civil Engineers
2132Mechanical Engineers
2133Electrical and Electronics Engineer
2134Chemical Engineer
2141Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
2142Metallurgical and Materials Engineer
2143Mining Engineers
2145Petroleum Engineers
2151Architects
2153Urban and Land Use Planners
2154Land Surveyors
2212Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians
2225Landscape and Horticultural Technicians
2231Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2232Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2234Construction Estimators
2241Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2242Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment)
2243Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics
2251Architectural Technologists and Technicians
2252Industrial Designers
2253Drafting Technologists & Technicians
2261Nondestructive Testers and Inspectors
2271Air pilots, flight engineers, flying instructors
Health Occupations
3111Specialists Physicians
3112General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3114Veterinarians
3131Pharmacists
3141Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
3142Physiotherapists
3143Occupational Therapists
3152Registered Nurses
3211Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists' Assistants
3212Medical Laboratory Technicians
3213Veterinary and Animal Health Technologists and Technicians
3215Medical Radiation Technologists
3216Medical Sonographers
3223Dental Technologists, Technicians and Laboratory Bench Workers
3232Midwives and Practitioners of Natural Healing
Occupations in Social Science, Education, Government Service and Religion
4131College & Other Vocational Instructors
4143Educational Counsellors
4212Community and Social Service Workers
4214Early Childhood Educators
Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport
5222Film and Video Camera Operators
5223Graphic Arts Technicians
5225Audio and Video Recording Technicians
5226Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures,
Broadcasters
5231Announcers and Other Broadcasters
Sales and Service Occupations
6211Retail Trade Supervisors
6212Food Service Supervisors
6216Other Service Supervisors
6221Technical Sales Specialists - Wholesale Trade
6311Food Service Supervisors
6315Cleaning Supervisors
6421Retail Salespersons
7284Plasterers, Drywall Installers and Finishers and Lathers
7511Transport Truck Drivers
Occupations Unique To Primary Industry
8232Oil and Gas Well Drillers, Servicers, Testers and Related Workers
8251Farmers and Farm Managers
8253Farm Supervisors and Specialized Livestock Workers
Occupations unique to Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities
9213Supervisors, Food, Beverage and Tobacco Processing
9214Supervisors, Plastic and Rubber Products Manufacturing
9231Central Control and Process Operators, Mineral and Metal Processing
9232Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Process Operators

NOC CodeOccupation Title
Engineering Occupations
2131Civil Engineers
2132Mechanical Engineers
2133Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2134Chemical Engineers
2141Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
2143Mining Engineers
2144Geological Engineers
2145Petroleum Engineers
2231Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2232Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2241Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2253Drafting Technologists & Technicians

Compulsory Certification Trades  
1. Appliance Service TechnicianAppliance Service Technician
Commercial Appliance Service Tech.
2. Auto Body TechnicianAuto Body Technician
Auto Body Prepper
Auto Body Repairer
Auto Body Refinisher
3. Automotive Service TechnicianAutomotive Service Technician
4. BoilermakerBoilermaker
5. Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator (CHEO)CHEO-Hydraulic Mobile Crane
CHEO-Conventional Mobile Crane
CHEO-Mobile Crane
CHEO-Tower Crane
CHEO-Boom Truck
CHEO-Wellhead Boom Truck
CHEO-Wellhead Boom Truck
6. ElectricianElectrician
7. Elevator ConstructorElevator Constructor
8. GasfitterGasfitter (A)
Gasfitter (B)
9. HairstylistHairstylist
10. Heavy Equipment Technician (HET)Heavy Equipment Technician (HET)
HET-Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Off Road)
HET-Truck and Transport Mechanic
HET-Transport Trailer Mechanic
11. IronworkerIronworker
Ironworker-Metal Building Systems Erector
Ironworker-Structural/Ornamental
Ironworker-Reinforcing
12. Motorcycle MechanicMotorcycle Mechanic
13. PlumberPlumber
14. Recreation Vehicle Service TechnicianRecreation Vehicle Service Technician
15. Refrigeration & Air Conditioning MechanicRefrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic
16. Rig TechnicianRig Technician 1
Rig Technician 2
Rig Technician 3
17. Sheet Metal WorkerSheet Metal Worker
18. Steamfitter-PipefitterSteamfitter-Pipefitter
19. WelderWelder
Welder-Wire Process Operator

Optional Certification Trades  
1. Agricultural Equipment TechnicianAgricultural Equipment Technician
2. BakerBaker
3. BricklayerBricklayer
4. CabinetmakerCabinetmaker
5. CarpenterCarpenter
6. Communication TechnicianCommunication Technician
7. Concrete FinisherConcrete Finisher
8. CookCook
9. Electronic Motor Systems TechnicianElectronic Motor Systems Technician
10. Floorcovering InstallerFloorcovering Installer
11. GlazierGlazier
Auto Glass Technician
12. Instrument TechnicianInstrument Technician
13. InsulatorInsulator
14. Landscape GardenerLandscape Gardener
15. Lather-Interior Systems MechanicLather-Interior Systems Mechanic
16. LocksmithLocksmith
17. MachinistMachinist
18. MillwrightMillwright
19. Outdoor Power Equipment TechnicianOPET-Marine Equipment
OPET-Recreational Equipment
OPET-Turf Equipment
20. Painter and DecoratorPainter and Decorator
21. Parts TechnicianParts Technician
22. Parts Technician-Materials TechnicianParts Technician-Materials Technician
23. Powerline TechnicianPowerline Technician
24. Power Systems ElectricianPower Systems Electrician
25. RooferRoofer
26. SawfilerSawfiler
Sawfiler-Circular Sawfiler
27. Sprinkler System InstallerSprinkler System Installer
28. Structural Steel and Plate FitterStructural Steel and Plate Fitter
29. TilesetterTilesetter
30. Tool and Die MakerTool and Die Maker
31. Transport Refrigeration TechnicianTransport Refrigeration Technician
32. Water Well DrillerWater Well Driller

Alberta Strategic Recruitment Stream

The Strategic Recruitment Stream is composed of three different categories, each with its own specific set of eligibility criteria.

  • Compulsory and Optional Trades Category
  • Engineering Occupations Category
  • Post-Graduate Worker Category

Compulsory and Optional Trades Category

This category is open to supervisors, foremen, and trades persons who are working in a compulsory or optional trade in the province of Alberta.

Minimum Requirements

Individuals may be eligible if they meet the following requirements:

  • Intend to live and work in Alberta permanently;
  • Have one of the following:
  • An Alberta Qualification Certificate in a compulsory or optional trade, or
  • An Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Recognized Trade Certificate in a compulsory or optional trade.
  • Be residing in Alberta at the time of application for a valid work permit
  • Show, at time of application, that they are either:
  • Currently working in their trade for an Alberta employer, or
  • Have been working in their trade for an Alberta employer for minimum 6 months in past 3 years.

Engineering Occupations Category

Minimum Requirements

Individuals may be eligible if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have evidence of education/training and experience as an engineer, designer or drafter; and
  • Intend to live and work in Alberta permanently;
  • Be currently residing in Alberta;
  • Currently, be working or have worked in last two years in Alberta for an Alberta employer.

Individuals with credentials who are working in one of the following occupations must provide a ‘Letter of No Objection’ from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), or show that they are registered with APEGA.

Post-Graduate Worker Category

Students who graduated from an eligible post-secondary educational institution in Alberta, and who are residing in the province on a Post-Graduation Work Permit, may apply to this program.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants may be eligible if they meet the following requirements:

  • Intend to live and work in Alberta permanently;
  • Be working full-time in Alberta for an Alberta employer at the time of application;
  • Have obtained a certificate, diploma, or degree, or have completed a graduate level program from an approved institution (see below). The completed program of study in Alberta must be at least one year long; and
  • Hold a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit.

In addition, the applicant must be working in an NOC level 0, A, B, or C occupation. Certain occupations are ineligible. If the applicant is working in an NOC C (semi-skilled) level occupation, he or she must submit language test results showing scores of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 or higher in English or French.

Related Links:

Express Entry

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal Skilled Trades Program

Canadian Experience Class

Provincial Nominee Programs

Canada Express Entry Draw 

Find your NOC under Canada Express Entry Occupation List

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