Big data, cloud, and IT are becoming more important than ever to businesses worldwide. This is causing a high demand for IT workers with specific skill sets.
- Ontario: 76,300
- Quebec: 49,600
- British Columbia: 20,900
- Alberta: 17,300
- Manitoba: 4,000
- Saskatchewan: 3,900
- Newfoundland and Labrador: 3,800
- Nova Scotia: 3,200
- New Brunswick: 2,200
- Prince Edward Island: 1,500
Quite impressive, eh? It seems like the so-called “geeks” are becoming the coolest workers in the market! It’s great to look at the numbers, but what exactly are the IT positions that are the most demanded in Canada? Opinions vary, but here’s our list of the 5 IT jobs you need to watch in the next 5 years!
1. Computer programmers and interactive media developers
Computerworld revealed that 48% of its 2015 Forecast survey respondents said they were planning to hire workers with programming/application development skills. With apps taking over the digital world, there is no wonder why computer programmers top the list of the most needed IT jobs!
Coding skill is the key here. The position includes writing, integrating, and testing computer code for software, operations, and data processing applications. More specialized programmers like interactive media developers might focus more on delivering computer animation and special effects for video games or internet-based apps. Learn more.
2. Information systems analysts and consultants
With the abundance of IT solutions available on the market aimed improving business processes, it is crucial for organizations to have someone dedicated to the development and implementation of information systems plans, policies, and procedures in-house.
This person analyzes available technology options and will work closely with management team to put in place the right IT strategies and solutions. The consultant is also expected to provide advice on service delivery and security concerns. Analytical and critical thinking skills are a must for this highly sought-after position! Learn more.
3. Computer and information systems managers
When an organization has found their information systems analyst (position #2), they then need to hire someone who will execute the plan from the ground up and communicate the vision to the other employees. A good manager has to have the right balance of knowledge about business and technology to be able to shift the company structure into a more agile framework.
The information system manager takes the advice of the consultant in order to organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of the organization. He’d also be in charge of the budget of the project or IT department. Learn more.
4. Computer and network operators and web technicians
In our digital era, organizations are constantly updating their software, hardware, mainframe networks or wide area networks. According to the same survey from Computerworld, 30% of the respondents claimed they need to hire talent in the help desk and technical support field.
The web technician position is in high demand because there needs to someone who ensures the proper functioning and maintenance of all the tools mentioned above. Some of the most frequent tasks of the job include troubleshooting servers, installing equipment, and performing data backups. Learn more.
5. Software engineers
Everyone could agree that a tech company can never have enough software engineers (Cimpl really agrees!). They are often the architects and designers of the main products of tech organizations. For that reason, companies are fighting to find people with software development skills, and it’s going to stay that way for years!
Developing data, process and network models for the software’s architecture optimization is one of the main duties. The software engineer also needs to co-ordinate the development and integration of computer-based systems. Learn more.