Blockchain, artificial intelligence, 5G Mobile Networks, 3D Printing, cybersecurity, and virtual reality are creating a need for digital skills that will see a demand for an estimated 216,000 additional technology workers by 2012 in Canada.
Employment of information and communications technology professionals outpaced the economy last year six-to-one.
More industries, such as transportation, retail, healthcare, finance, and manufacturing now recognize the importance of a digital strategy, so competition for tech workers has increased.
Employment for digitally skilled workers increased 5% in 2017, the highest growth in 10 years.
Thirteen percent of Canada's tech workers are approaching retirement.
The demand for qualified tech workers far exceeds the supply.
The Canadian government has introduced various short and long-term initiatives to help close the digital skills gap, including allowing companies to bring digitally skilled talent over from other countries in as quick as two weeks.
The new program, called Global Talent Stream, sets a two-week turnaround for processing visas and short-term work permits.
Some technology firms in Ottawa are desperately seeking software designers, computer programmers and engineers, and are eager to recruit skilled immigrants:
Learn more, including Canada Immigration and Citizenship Department
In fact, most if not all industrialized, developed countries are experiencing a shortage of qualified tech workers.
Good news if you’re into IT and you want to expand your horizons and develop your career.
another two great things about the IT industry.
- wearing glasses at the age of 30 or even earlier
- constant back pain
It is true that it is not healthy to sit in front of a computer for extended periods of time.
Then again, it's also not good to sit at a desk for 8 hours a day.
Musculoskeletal disorders* often result from working on a computer too much (and this also includes sitting at a desk for long periods of time).
There are precautions that can reduce the risk of developing eye, back, neck, shoulder, wrist and hand-related problems.
EVERYONE should get up and walk away from the computer every hour. Walk, stretch, look at objects that are distant, move and stretch, then return to your desk or computer after about 10 minutes.
Musculoskeletal Disorder is defined as injuries and disorders that affect the human body's movement or musculoskeletal (muscle skeleton) system (i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels, etc.).