Skilled occupation

Skilled occupations are occupations that normally requires either:

  1. Degree
  2. Specialised degree
  3. Certification
  4. Trade school certificate
  5. Training
  6. Several years of experience


  1. General office workers are not skilled workers, but office administrative assistants, administrative and regulatory occupations, human resources and business service professionals and managers are skilled workers.
  2. Natural and applied sciences and related occupations such as engineers are skilled workers.
  3. Assisting occupations in support of health services such as hospital attendant, first aid attendant and nurse aide are not skilled occupations. Medical technologists, nurses and vets are skilled workers.
  4. Servers, kitchen helpers and cashers are not skilled workers.  Cooks, chefs and service supervisors are skilled workers.

How do I know if my occupation belongs to 0, A or B?

  1. 0 occupations are managerial occupations.  No matter what field of profession your occupation belongs to, if you are in a managerial or supervising position, your occupation is most likely a skill level 0 occupation.  That is to say, you are considered to be a high skilled worker.
  2. A occupations are specialised occupations.  If your job requires university degree and/or several years of experience, or specialised degree or license, it is most likely a skill level A occupation. That is to say, your occupation is a skilled professional occupation.
  3. B occupations are trade occupations.  If your job requires certificate, trade license or experience, but does not require university degree, it is likely that your occupation belongs to skill category B, a semi-skilled occupation.
  4. C occupations are entry level occupations.  They require high school degree or occupation specific training.  C occupations are not skilled occupations.
  5. D occupations are also entry level occupations.  They do not require high school degree or occupation specific training. D occupations are not skilled occupations.