Shape the future of work with a cutting-edge career in technology
One of the most persistent myths about the skilled trades is that they all revolve around a handful of industries and trades – namely, construction and industrial occupations for plumbers, electricians, and heavy equipment technicians.
In reality, a growing number of skilled trades careers – like IT network technician, cybersecurity analyst, and graphic designer – involve technology. At the same time, more and more of Ontario’s colleges offer the credentials, like diplomas, degrees, and certifications, that can help you start or elevate your technology career.
As the number of Canadian tech companies grows, Ontario’s colleges offer more programs than ever to help you find your niche in this exciting and varied field. Additionally, as with other areas of the skilled trades, there’s a growing labour shortage in technology. That means many graduates will find work right out of college.
Facts to consider
- Roughly one in 10 workers in Ontario – or about 700,000 people – were employed in information technology (IT) in April 2021.
- The Ontario Government is investing heavily to help high school students learn about technology careers, including those for computer analysts and software developers.1
- It’s estimated Canada will have openings for more than 300,000 people with digital skills by the year 2023.
- Total employment in the Canadian digital economy is expected to exceed two million people in the coming years.2
How an Ontario college can help you start a career in technology
With the Canadian economy rapidly digitizing and new technologies emerging every day, there’s an unprecedented need for people to develop new skillsets that can help them compete in the labour market. That’s where Ontario’s colleges – which can also help people start a whole new career in technology – come in.
Below, you’ll find just a few sample programs that can help you start or elevate your technology career.
- Algonquin College, Bachelor of Information Technology – Photonics and Laser Technology, (CIP)
- Mohawk College, Computer Engineering Technician, Mechatronic Systems (563)
- Centennial College, Mobile Applications Development (3223)
“Ontario Preparing Students for Skilled Trades and Technology Careers,” Ontario.ca, June 3, 2021
Paul Stastny, “Skilled Trades in the Digital Age,” EdCan Network, May 27, 2020