15 Cool Career Opportunities in Canadian Tech

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 16:20

It's a well-known fact that technology jobs are on the rise. High-paying and in ever-increasing demand, growth in these industries is only expected to increase in the near future. Here are some of the best jobs in the technology sector today.

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1. Software Developer

Software developers – also referred to as computer programmers, software engineers, or coders – are, simply put, the people who write, test, debug, and maintain software applications. These programmers typically specialize in one or more programming languages, and may be employed in a variety of settings and industries. The applications, which include everything from video games and mobile applications to computer operating systems and telecommunications software, are in ever-increasing demand across both the public and private sectors. To land a job as a software developer, most employers will want you to have a programming degree or at the very least some kind of technical certification, although this is not always the case.

2. Mapping Technologist

The increased demand for location-aware hardware and software, coupled with the growth of big data, has given new life to the field of computer mapping. Geospatial and Geographic Information Systems analysts can be found in ever-increasing numbers in a wide variety of fields. The sheer diversity of applications is astounding: municipal government, urban planning, environmental consulting, scientific research, GPS and natural resource exploration, just to name a few. This is to say nothing about the fast-approaching future of spatial data applications, like self-driving cars and augmented reality

3. UX Designer

UX stands for user experience, and a UX designer's job is to manage the “look” of the software and the way the user interacts with it. Graphic designers, visual designers, and interaction designers all fall under the umbrella of “UX”. 

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5. Computer Systems Analyst

These are IT professionals who specializes in analyzing, developing, and maintaining information systems. Most of the current jobs in this field are held by analysts employed by computer systems design firms, but the industry is projected to expand into other areas like science, healthcare, and finance in the very near future.

6. Data Scientist

The field of data science has emerged as large dataset collected by companies have grown more and more common. This trend is called “big data,” and data scientists are a product of its existence. Their job is to collect, maintain, and analyze this data to find trends and insights.

7. Web Developer

These developers specialize in the design, navigation and functions of websites. A familiarity with design and a knowledge of languages like CSS and HTML are needed to work in this field.

8. Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineers focus on the design and manufacturing of machines. Like electrical engineering, mechanical engineering jobs normally require some kind of bachelor's degree and professional certification.

9. IT Manager

An IT manager oversees the entirety of an organization's technology infrastructure. They usually lead teams of IT professionals to coordinate the maintenance of these systems. While superior computer and technical skills are expected, management skills are equally important.

10. Robotics Technician

Robotics technicians assist in the design, manufacturing, testing, and repair of robots. Automation is increasing everywhere from the manufacturing sector to the medical field, and the demand for robotics technicians is expected to grow.

11. QA Engineer

Quality assurance engineers oversee the testing of software throughout its entire development process. They review the program's code to make sure that it fulfils the standards set by the designers and that it functions as it is supposed to when it is released.

12. Database Administrator

Database administrators are one of the most in-demand careers in the current age of big data. They design, build, analyze, and manage databases according to the needs of their employers.

13. PLC Programmer

In a job market where automation is on the rise, there is an ever-increasing demand for equipment that can interact with its environment based on a complex series of inputs. PLC stands for programmable logic controller, which oversees the core functions of these devices.

14. Cybersecurity Analyst

Cybersecurity or information security analysts have enjoyed a steep increase in demand as data breaches have become more and more of a common occurrence. Companies and government organizations want to keep their information protected, and are willing to pay very well for it. Cybersecurity analysts have enjoyed some of the highest job security in tech sector over the past few years, a trend that shows no signs of changing.

15. Computer Support Specialist

Computer support specialists troubleshoot problems and provide hardware and software support to people and organizations across all industries. They need to have both the computer expertise and the interpersonal skills to serve as a go-between between technology and the people who use it.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Angelo Vouloukos
Program Coordinator
George Brown College
416-415-5000 ext.6717

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