What are “Alternative Professions”?

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If your profession is regulated in Manitoba, you will have to undergo a process of licensing or registration. This may take some time. If you want to gain professional experience and earn while trying to get your license, alternative jobs or careers can be a good choice.

Alternative jobs or alternate careers are non-regulated jobs related to your profession. Some even shift completely to an alternative career instead of going through licensing. Employers will usually require job-specific experience, training, and/or certification. However, each employer’s requirements will vary. The following are some alternative careers for several regulated occupations to give you an idea of viable career options.

Professions in big letters and in boldface are regulated. For the alternative jobs, the first column indicates the NOC code followed by the job title. The list uses NOC version 2016.

Accountant (NOC 1111)

General Accounting and Data Entry
1431 Accounting and related clerks
1432 Payroll administrators, pay/benefits clerks, pension plan officer, and other payroll clerks
1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
1435 Collection clerks
1422 Data entry clerks
1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting (Open NOC 1122 see ‘View all titles’)
1524 Purchasing and inventory control workers
1225 Purchasing agents and officers
6611 Cashiers in various settings
1411 General office support workers

Banking
Customer service representatives – financial institutions
1434 Banking, insurance, and other financial officers
6235 Financial sales representatives (Open NOC 6235 see ‘View all titles’)

Other
1454 Survey interviewers and statistical clerks
6552 Other customer and information service representatives (Open NOC 6552 see ‘View all titles’)

Agrologist (NOC 2123)

8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
0821 Managers in agriculture
6221 Technical sales specialists, wholesale trade (Open NOC 6221 see ‘View all titles’)
3213 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers
2222 Agricultural and fish products inspectors
2121 Biologists and related scientists
2211 Chemical technologists and technicians
6411 Sales and account representatives – wholesale trade (Open NOC 6411 see ‘View all titles’)

Architect (NOC 2151)/ Landscape Architect (NOC 2152)

2253 Drafting technologists* and technicians* (Open NOC 2253 see ‘View all titles’)
2251 Architectural technologists* and technicians* (Open NOC 2251 see ‘View all titles’)
2234 Construction estimators
2231 Civil engineering technologists* and technicians*
2252 Industrial designers
5121 Technical/ writer / Specifications writer
* Employers may require professional certification with CTTAM.

Child Care Worker and Child Care Assistant (NOC 4214)

4413 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (TA)/ Educational assistants (EA)
5254 Program leaders & instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness
5252 Coaches (sports/athletic)
4412 Respite workers, home support workers (Open NOC 4412 see ‘View all titles’)
4212 Social and community service workers
4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities
1411 General office support workers (schools, school division offices)
6541 School crossing guard (Open NOC 6541 see ‘View all titles’)
7512 School bus driver (Open NOC 7512 see ‘View all titles’)

Dentist (NOC 3113)

3223 Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
3411 Dental assistants
4165 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers – dental health consultant
6221 Technical sales specialists – dental equipment and supplies
0311 Managers in health care
4021 College and other vocational instructors
4012 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

Dietician (NOC 3132)

3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (incl. dietary technician, food and nutrition technician – dietetics)
9465 Testers and graders, food and beverage processing
2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
4164 Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
6311 Food service supervisors
0631 Restaurant and food service managers

Engineer:

Civil engineers (2131), Mechanical engineers (2132), Electrical and electronics engineers (2133), Chemical engineers (2134), Industrial and manufacturing engineers (2141), Metallurgical and materials engineers (2142), Mining engineers (2143), Geological engineers (2144), Petroleum engineers (2145), Aerospace engineers (2146), Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (2147), Other professional engineers (Open NOC 2148; Click “View all Titles”) (2148), Software engineers and designers (2173)

2231 Civil engineering technologists* and technicians* (Open NOC 2231; Click “View all Titles”)
2234 Construction estimators
2264 Construction inspectors
2262 Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety**
* Some employers may require technicians and technologists to hold certification with the Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM)
** Some employers may require specific certification in the field.

Engineering Technician/Engineering Technologist:

Chemical technologists and technicians (2211), Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232), Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians (2233), Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians (2261), Industrial instrument technicians (2243), Civil engineering technologists and technicians (2231), Architectural technologists and technicians (2251), Drafting technologists and technicians (2253), Land survey technologists and technicians (2254), Computer network technicians (2281), Information systems testing technicians (2283), Telecommunications line and cable workers (7245), Telecommunications installation and repair workers (7246), Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241), Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) (2242), Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors (2244), Geological and mineral technologists and technicians (2212), Forestry technologists and technicians (2223), Biological technologists and technicians (2221).

Many job titles include the term “technician” or “technologist.” Some technician or technologist positions have mandatory certification requirements with CTTAM. Others do not. Certification requirements will typically be included in the job posting.

2234 Construction estimators
2264 Construction inspectors
2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators
1225 Purchasing agents and officers
5121 Specifications writer / technical writer
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
2282 User support technicians
Note: Some employers / positions will require mandatory certification with CTTAM; others will not. Always read the job posting carefully. Hiring requirements are set by the employer.

Lawyer (4112)

4211 Paralegal and related occupations
1242 Legal administrative assistants
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
1121 Human resources professionals (incl. labour relations officer, employment equity officer, mediator)
4164 Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers

Medical Laboratory Technologist (3211)

3212 Medical laboratory technicians (Open NOC 3212 see ‘View all titles’)
3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services (incl. blood donor clinic assistant)
6221 Technical sales specialists (incl. medical instruments and pharmaceutical sales representative)
2221 Biological technologists and technicians
2211 Chemical technologists and technicians

Licensed Practical Nurse LPN (3233)

3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services
4412 Home support workers and related occupations (including rehabilitation assistants and respite workers)
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
3413 Health care aides, nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
4212 Social and community service workers
3212 Medical Laboratory Assistants
4012 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
4021 College and other vocational instructors

Registered Nurse RN (3012)

3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services
4412 Home support workers and related occupations (including rehabilitation assistants and respite workers)
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
3413 Health care aides, nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
4212 Social and community service workers
3212 Medical Laboratory Assistants
4012 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
4021 College and other vocational instructors

Registered Psychiatric Nurse RPN (3012)

3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services
4412 Home support workers and related occupations (including rehabilitation assistants and respite workers)
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
3413 Health care aides, nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
4212 Social and community service workers
3212 Medical Laboratory Assistants
4012 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
4021 College and other vocational instructors

Optometrist (3121)

3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment (incl. ophthalmic assistant/technician)
3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services (incl. ophthalmic laboratory technician – retail, ophthalmic lens grinder, optical laboratory assistant, and optometrist assistant)

Physiotherapist (3142)

5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services (Open NOC 3414; Click “View all Titles”)
4412 Home support workers and related occupations
3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities
0513 Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
4167 Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
5252 Coaches

Social Worker (4152)

4212 Social and community service workers
0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
4413 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities

Teacher:

Secondary School Teachers (4031), Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers (4032)

4413 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (TA)/ Educational assistants (EA)
4216 Private tutors and other instructors
4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities
5254 Program leaders & instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness
5252 Coaches (sports/athletic)
4412 Respite workers, home support workers (Open NOC 4412 see ‘View all titles’)
4212 Social and community service workers
1411 General office support workers (schools, school division offices)
6541 School crossing guard (Open NOC 6541 see ‘View all titles’)
7512 School bus driver (Open NOC 7512 see ‘View all titles’)

Veterinarian (3114)

3213 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians (Open NOC 3213 see ‘View all titles’)
8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
0821 Managers in agriculture (incl. animal breeders)
6563 Pet groomers and animal care workers
2222 Agricultural and fish products inspectors
2121 Biologists and related scientists
2221 Biological technologists and technicians
2211 Chemical technologists and technicians
6221 Technical sales specialists (incl. veterinary equipment and supplies)

Source: Immigratemanitoba.ca, Regulated Professions and Trades (Regulated professions – Regulatory Bodies – Fact Sheets). Accessed May 30, 2017.

The Fact Sheets are guides developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and economic Opportunities Division. They are updated periodically. For up-to-date information, always refer to your occupation’s specific regulator.

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