Browse through the Digital/computing industry outlook
The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is the national centre of expertise for the digital/computing economy. A recent report from the ICTC called The Next Talent Wave: Navigating the Digital Shift – Outlook 2021 highlights an acute demand for people with expertise in this field.
ICTC’s labour market forecast describes an increasing demand for adaptable, innovative workers with information and communications technology skills, as well as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics backgrounds.
Addressing this challenge with a particular focus on youth will be an important priority. The report concludes that policy makers, industry leaders and educators must collaborate to help grow young ICT talent from elementary and secondary education through post-secondary, and build a pathway to employment.
Between 2015 and 2016, 13,000 new jobs were created in the Canadian ICT industry. ICT employment is in steady and growing demand within major industries such as Manufacturing, Public Administration, Finance and Insurance, and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
ICT has a strong impact on all industries, including Healthcare, Transportation, and Agriculture. Because of advancements in technology, the nature of the work is changing.
ICTC forecasts employment in ICT on PEI will grow steadily from 2,500 workers in 2017 to 2,900 in 2021.
The top five ICT occupations experiencing labour shortages according to ICTC research area:
- Computer and Information Systems Managers
- Computer Engineers (expert Software Engineers and Designers)
- Database Analysts and Database Administrators
- Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
- Graphic Arts Technicians
For more information about the ICTC report, click here.
For more about the ICTC, click here.
Digital/computing industry on Prince Edward Island – Hiring practices
Buchanan Technologies, Charlottetown
Conversational Receptionists, Charlottetown
DeltaWare Systems, Charlottetown
Electronic Arts, Charlottetown
HGS – Charlottetown, Montague
IO Solutions Call Center Inc., Bloomfield
Queen Bee Games, Charlottetown
Space-O Technologies, Charlottetown
Thinking Big, Charlottetown & Montague
Timeless Veterinary Systems, Charlottetown
Five transforming technologies to have the highest demand for skilled workers
According to ICTC, five key technologies will have the highest demand for skilled workers in the future:
- Virtual Reality (VR) Augmented Reality (AR) – is expected to become a $150 billion market by 2020, roughly doubling the size of the desktop PC market today.
- Fifth Generation Mobile Technology (5G) – This technology improves the capacity to handle a greater number of devices and offers more efficient data transmission. This technology will support 22 million jobs in 2015.
- Three-dimensional printing (3D) – It is estimated that 3D printing will lead to economic benefits such as employment opportunities, lower manufacturing costs, and improved production efficiency.
- Blockchain – This technology allows unrelated computers and companies to simultaneously collect and store information. It is considered to be harder to corrupt or hack because of its reliance on many participants, not a single authority. It has already started to change the financial services industry and is also being sought after by retail and other industries, resulting in a high demand for professionals who have expertise with this technology.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) – This technology is already being used to develop many industries such as self-governing transportation and robotics. The global impact is expected to reach up to $13.1 trillion by 2025.
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Jobs in demand
- e-Health Worker
- Graphic Designer
- Video Game Developer
- Help Desk
- Software Developer
- Project Manager
A guide to five computing disciples and jobs in demand
The field of computing has expanded rapidly over the past 10 years. The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) surveyed thousands of students from Canada, the USA, and Africa, and realized that students need more information about this field and its related careers.
This guide outlines the five computing disciplines and relates them to specific job titles and tasks. click here.