Information Technology is quickly becoming one of most popular industries to work in. As time and technology advance, there will be ample opportunities for skilled newcomers to build a meaningful career in the Canadian I.T. sector. Continue reading to learn more about why you should pursue an I.T. career in Canada.
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1. A Career in High Demand
A career in I.T. means a career with a great outlook. An increasing demand for skilled I.T. workers means that there will be a lot of job opportunities available. Overall tech employment is estimated to total more than 1.72 million workers in Canada. In addition, the Government of Canada found that there were 666,540 workers in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in 2019. The result of this large workforce did not go unnoticed; in fact, the sector’s GDP in 2019 was $94.1 billion and accounted for 4.8 per cent of the national GDP.
2. Flexible Work Environment
Whether you are working in a small startup or a large multinational company, skilled I.T. professionals will help make business operations go smoothly. As these skills are sought after in most industries, I.T. professionals will have their pick in the type of organization they wish to join. The diversity in work environment also means that these workers can find jobs which suit their personal preferences. For example, some people may prefer working in an office while others may prefer working remotely from home. Furthermore, I.T. skills are quite transferrable and may even help you find work in a different city or province.
3. You Don’t Need a Bachelor’s Degree
A common misconception is that a Bachelor’s degree is required to pursue a career in Information Technology. While some universities offer great programs for computer sciences, finding work in the I.T. sector doesn’t necessarily require four years of study. Today’s employers are less likely to look for a four-year degree when searching for their next I.T. employee. Instead, the trend has shifted towards desired candidates showing their abilities through certifications, internships and apprenticeships. Many schools offer programs catered towards aspiring Programmers, Developers, or other specific I.T. jobs. These schools are definitely cheaper and less time-consuming than a four-year university program; ideal for newcomers who are hoping to pursue a meaningful career in Canada.
4. High Salary
Finances are often a concern for newcomers who may be relying on their savings or working a “survival job” in order to make ends meet. Fortunately, the I.T. industry offers some of the most competitive salaries across the country. According to Randstad, the average annual salary in 2020 for someone working in I.T. is $81,750. Lower level positions can still see salaries around $55,000 while senior positions will see their salary go beyond $140,000. In addition, salaries have been increasing significantly as demand for skilled tech workers continues to grow every year.
Considering an I.T. Career?
Suggested webinar: Working in I.T. as an Internationally Trained Newcomer (November 19, 2020 at 12pm MT)
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