Canadian Armed Forces Non-Commissioned Ranks

(NOC 4313)

in All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

This group consists of Canadian Armed Forces staff who are non-commissioned officers (NCOs) or members of other non-commissioned ranks. They provide defence actions to protect Canadian waters, land, airspace and other interests. All ranks of non-commissioned officers and members in the air force, army, and navy are included in this group.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

  • Estimate 770 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4115 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Canadian Armed Forces (Non-Commissioned Ranks) most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 68% of Canadian Armed Forces (Non-Commissioned Ranks) who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $71,231. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$23.13

Minimum

$34.20

Median

$43.73

Maximum

Annual Pay

$23,700

Minimum

$67,853

Median

$89,406

Maximum

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Hourly Pay

$14.74

Minimum

$33.28

Median

$46.76

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,616

Minimum

$44,335

Median

$92,599

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

This group consists of Canadian Armed Forces staff who are non-commissioned officers (NCOs) or members of other non-commissioned ranks. They provide defence actions to protect Canadian waters, land, airspace and other interests. All ranks of non-commissioned officers and members in the air force, army, and navy are included in this group.

Job duties

Personnel in non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces:

  • Use armoured vehicles, artillery, hand-held weapons and other military combat equipment and defence systems.
  • Carry out peacekeeping operations and enforce cease-fire agreements.
  • Take part in non-combat operations for humanitarian efforts.
  • Help in emergency situations like civil disorder, natural disasters and major accidents.
  • Take part in drills and other training in preparation for peacekeeping, combat and natural disaster relief duties.
  • Carry out administrative and guard duties.
  • Staff in this group are assigned to specific operations related to reconnaissance, peacekeeping, disaster relief and combat.

Sample job titles

  • able seaman
  • armour defence gunner
  • artillery soldier
  • chief petty officer first class
  • combat engineer
  • corporal
  • infantry soldier
  • master seaman
  • military police officer
  • naval acoustics operator
  • petty officer second class
  • private
  • sergeant
  • trooper
  • warrant officer

Skills

You need good organizational and managerial skills. An ability to work under pressure is important. You must be decisive. You need to work well with others. Effective communication skills, both written and oral, are also important.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • Three months of basic military training are provided.
  • Specialized training in the operation and maintenance of military equipment and systems is provided.

Other considerations

Movement to commissioned officer positions is possible with additional training and experience. Military personnel are classified according to their military rank.

By the numbers

Quick look

5,735

employed in 2016

88.2%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

14.6%
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85.4%
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35.4

median age

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

55,420

employed in 2016

76.4%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

70.3%

Halifax

20.3%

Annapolis Valley

4.0%

Cape Breton

3.6%

North Shore

1.7%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

99.8%

Public administration

0.2%

Transportation and warehousing

What is the age of Employment?

34.0%

25-34

23.0%

35-44

22.0%

45-54

15.0%

15-24

6.0%

55-64

1.0%

65+

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

24.2%

35-44

22.7%

45-54

21.4%

25-34

17.2%

55-64

8.4%

15-24

Top levels of education

43.6%

High school

$67,660 median annual income
28.0%

College Diploma

$71,054 median annual income
11.3%

Apprenticeship

$68,595 median annual income
7.4%

Less than high school

$53,167 median annual income
7.1%

Bachelor

$58,940 median annual income

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

28.9%

Bachelor

$45,929 median annual income
21.2%

College Diploma

$35,398 median annual income
16.8%

Master

$71,043 median annual income
14.6%

High school

$29,055 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$100,443 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Siploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.