Career Research

Basic Career Profiles and Projections
  • Identify the National Occupational Classification number  (NOC) for the career you are interested in.
    Example: 0513 Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
  • Search the Career Handbook (2d edition, 2003) using that code, to find a profile including job titles, aptitudes needed, education or other employment requirements, and many other criteria
  • Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS)

    Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) uses COPS and the NOC to develop projections of future trends in the numbers of job openings and job seekers for 292 occupational groupings at the national level, covering the entire workforce. The projections allow for identifying those occupations that may face labour shortage or labour surplus conditions over the medium term. The latest projections cover the 2015 to 2024 period.

    Users can search for summaries of projection results by occupation or industry (click on Projection Summaries below); detailed projection results by occupation or industry, including information on the factors that are expected to influence occupational labour markets, such as demographics, labour force participation rates by age group and level of education; and synthesis documents covering the major components of the projections, i.e. the economic scenario, the industrial breakdown of economic activity,  job openings by occupation, job seekers by occupation and projected labour market conditions by occupation.

  • Government of Canada - Job Bank, Workplace Standards, and more information about working in Canada generally, not just for the government

  • Similar resources from the US Government, primarily from the US Department of Labor:

Books and Articles with useful career information:

Subject guides from other major Canadian academic libraries
Note that many of the resources listed in these guides are linked through that library's password server. Contact a UPEI librarian for help finding equivalents here.