Many occupations share similar work tasks, as in our previous example of accountants and bookkeepers, who both work with numbers that represent expenses, revenues, etc. Grouping occupations by the type of work performed is done by assigning a skill type.
In the case of accountants and bookkeepers, the corresponding skill type is "Business, Finance and Administration". Below is a list of the ten skill types defined in the NOC system.
||The skill type category contains legislators, senior management occupations and middle and other management occupations.
|Business, Finance and Administration:
|| This category contains occupations that are concerned with supervising and providing financial and business services, administrative and regulatory services and clerical support services. Some occupations in this category are unique to financial and business service industries; most are found in all industries.
|Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations:
||This category contains professional and technical occupations in the sciences, including physical and life sciences, engineering and architecture.
||This category includes occupations concerned with providing health care services directly to patients and occupations that provide support to professional and technical staff.
|Occupations in Social Science, Education, Government Services and Religion:
||This skill type category includes a range of occupations that are concerned with law, teaching, counselling, conducting social science research, developing government policy and administering government and other programs.
|Occupations in Art, Culture, Recreation and Sport:
||This skill type category includes professional and technical occupations related to art and culture, including the performing arts, film and video, broadcasting, journalism, writing, creative design, libraries and museums. It also includes occupations in recreation and sport.
|Sales and Service:
||This skill type category contains sales occupations, personal and protective service occupations and occupations related to the hospitality and tourism industries.
|Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Related Occupations:
||This skill type category includes construction and mechanical trades, trades supervisors and contractors and operators of transportation and heavy equipment. These occupations are found in a wide range of industry sectors, with many occurring in the construction and transportation industries.
|Occupations Unique to Primary Industry:
|| This category contains non-technical occupations in mining, oil and gas production, forestry and logging, agriculture, horticulture and fishing.
|Occupations Unique to Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities:
||This category contains supervisory and production occupations in manufacturing, processing and utilities.