Main characteristics of the occupation

Distinct elements used to describe or recognize an occupation.
According to the National Occupational Classification Career Handbook, the main characteristics of an occupation are aptitudes; interests; data, people and things; environmental conditions; and physical activities

Main duties

The primary activities of a given occupation.

Main occupations in a sector

The main occupations held by people working in a given sector of the economy.
The list gives the 15 main occupations, but excludes any occupation that represents less than 1% of employment in the sector.
When employment in a sector is very low in a given region, we do not publish the list of main occupations in the sector.

Main sectors of an occupation

The main sectors of the economy in which a given occupation is practised.
The list gives the five main sectors, but excludes any sector that represents less than 1% of employment in the occupation.
When employment in an occupation is very low in a given region, we do not publish the list of the occupation’s main sectors of activity.

Major group

All occupational groups that share the first two digits of the four-digit National Occupational Classification (NOC) code.
See also Occupational group


This sector comprises establishments primarily engaged in the mechanical or physical transformation of materials or substances into new products.
These products may be finished, in the sense that they are ready to be used or consumed, or semi-finished, in the sense that an establishment may use them as raw materials for further manufacturing.
The manufacturing sector includes food, beverages, and tobacco; textile and textile products; clothing and leather products; wood products; paper; printing and related support activities; petroleum, coal, and chemicals; plastics and rubber; non-metallic mineral products; primary metal manufacturing; fabricated metal products; machinery; computer, electronic, and electrical products; transportation equipment; furniture and related products; and miscellaneous manufacturing.

Master’s degree

University diploma that marks the successful completion of a graduate studies program between a Bachelor’s degree and doctorate degree.

Median hourly wage

See Estimated Hourly wage

Metropolitan area

See Census metropolitan area