The Future of Tech and You

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The Future of Tech and You

25 February 2020

Have you been exploring career options in the technology sector?

As the fastest growing industry in British Columbia’s economy, the technology sector offers a wide range of rewarding careers that are located throughout BC. The Industry and Sector Outlook for Technology provides important information of what the technology sector is, and where it is going in the future.
 
According to the 2016 Tech Talent Report, the President and CEO of the BC Tech Association stated that the need for employees in the tech sector is always increasing and that tens of thousands of high-paying tech-related jobs will be in demand in upcoming years. In recent years, employment in the tech sector has been steadily increasing, and with an estimated shortage of over 30,000 available workers by 2021, individuals looking to enter BC’s tech sector are in a great position.

Figure 1: Demonstrating the upward trend of employment opportunities in the Tech industry. CAGR represents the compound annual growth rate of employment.

Career Planning

 
With so many career options, it may be hard to decide which area in the tech sector you want to explore. A great starting point is to look at the High Opportunity Occupations to see which careers both inside and outside the tech sector will be in demand over the next ten years.
 
Searching through WorkBC’s Career Trek collection, you will discover short videos that interview real professionals in their workplace setting; many of which are in the Technology sector. The short videos provide information that will help you decide if this career is right for you. Some of the information you will get by watching Career Trek Videos includes:

  • Job summaries
  • Education requirements (if applicable)
  • Day-to-day activities
  • The lifestyle associated with the position
  • Salary expectations

Looking for job openings in the Tech Sector?

 
Statistics say that up to 80% of job openings are not advertised online. However, WorkBC.ca has many job postings that are waiting for your application. To find postings, you can either visit the  WorkBC job board and sort by industry, or visit the “Science and Technology” industry job board.
 
One final tip regarding job searching in the tech sector: regularly visit the website of the company that you are interested in working for, as many companies have a job board within their website.