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What’s the Difference Between NOC 2171, 2173, 2175, etc.?


The Canadian government uses the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system for job classification. Because the government uses this system to decide immigration eligibility, understanding the NOC system is important for anyone looking to immigrate to Canada.


Tech jobs are typically designated as skilled work (NOC types 0, A, or B). Prospective immigrants who are skilled workers may apply to come to Canada through Express Entry or the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.


While the Canadian government provides a system to find one’s NOC, the differences between similar jobs can be confusing, particularly in the tech field.


We have put together an easy summary of the similarities and differences between five popular tech-related NOCs.


2171 - Information systems analysts and consultants

Job Duties include:

  • Analyzing system requirements

  • Information systems development

  • Advising on information system issues

Typical places of employment:

  • Information tech consulting firms

  • Information tech units

  • Public or private sectors

  • Self-employed

Examples of specific positions within this category:

  • Computer systems analyst

  • Information systems business analyst

  • Systems auditor

  • Full list

If this doesn’t sound quite right, look at… 0213, 2147, 2174, 2172, 1111, 1122, 2173, 2175


2173 - Software engineers and designers

Job Duties include:

  • Researching, designing, evaluating, integrating & maintaining software, tech environments, operating systems, & information warehouses

Typical places of employment:

  • Consulting firms, -Information technology research & development firms

  • Information technology units

  • Public or private sector

  • Self-employed

Examples of specific positions within this category:

  • Application architect

  • Computer software engineer

  • Software architect

  • Telecommunications software engineer

  • Full list

If this doesn’t sound quite right, look at… 0213, 2147, 2174, 2172, 2133, 2171, 2283, 2175


2174 - Computer programmers and interactive media developers

Job Duties include:

  • Writing, modifying, integrating & testing computer code for software and data processing applications

  • Writing, modifying, integrating & testing computer code for Internet applications, and other interactive media.

Typical places of employment:

  • Computer software development firms

  • Information technology consulting firms

  • Information technology units

  • Public or private sector

Examples of specific positions within this category:

  • Application programmer

  • Computer game developer

  • Multimedia developer

  • Programmer analyst

  • Full list

If this doesn’t sound quite right, look at… 2281, 2172, 0124, 5241, 2171, 2283, 2173


2175 - Web designers and developers

Job Duties include:

  • Researching, designing, developing & producing internet and intranet sites

Typical places of employment:

  • Computer software development firms

  • Information tech consulting firms -Information technology units

  • Advertising agencies

  • Public or private sector

  • Self-employed

Examples of specific positions within this category:

  • E-business Website developer

  • Web designer

  • Internet site developer

  • Full list

If this doesn’t sound quite right, look at… 2281, 2174, 0124, 5241, 2171, 2283


0213 - Computer and information systems managers

Job Duties include:

  • Planning, organizing, direct controlling & evaluating the activities of organizations that analyze, design, develop, implement, operate & administer computer and telecommunications software, networks & information systems

Typical places of employment:

  • Public or private sector

Examples of specific positions within this category:

  • Computer systems manager

  • Data centre manager

  • Data processing director

  • Software development manager

  • Full list

If this doesn’t sound quite right, look at… 0217, 2147, 2174, 0013, 2172, 2171, 2281, 2173



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