Hot demand for tech jobs in Toronto Region

So apparently most of you still don’t think tech jobs are interesting. A new study asked university, college and high school students what they wanted to pursue as careers. Turns out it’s not engineering or information technology.

This might explain why there are so many job openings in these fields. There is a distinctive divide between the number of graduates and the number of jobs. This is what’s called an issue of supply versus demand.

The one-year project studied how many jobs are available in over 60 occupations. The findings were based on results from the City of Toronto, Durham, Guelph, Halton, Hamilton, Peel, York, Waterloo and Wellington. This represents over 400,000 jobs.

Business and health careers continue to appeal to students, but what’s the reality? This chart from the report features estimated numbers based on information provided by universities and businesses. The study focused on six occupational groups. It shows there are more jobs than graduates in engineering, IT, architecture and design. But more graduates than jobs in business, health and sciences.

So where are the jobs?

There is actually a huge shortage of people with both business and technology skills. Employees in every industry will need an estimated 50,000 business technology managers by 2016. However, the study shows students are still more interested in conventional business programs such as sales and marketing.

Here are some of the most in demand jobs in the Toronto Region.

Web designers and developers: Perhaps the most in demand - only about seven per cent of these jobs are being filled right now. This is different from computer programmers where the supply meets demand.

Software engineers and designers: There are about 1,500 unfilled jobs in this field in the Toronto Region.  Computer engineers are also in demand. There are approximately two grads for every three jobs.

Data analysts and database administrators: Only about one in 10 of these jobs will be filled in 2012. When polled, students were least likely to find this occupation appealing.

Information systems analysts and consultants: An estimated 1,000 jobs will go unfilled this year. Information systems managers make over $100,000 a year on average.

Mechanical engineers: Only about half of mechanical engineering jobs are being filled but there are actually more technologists and technicians in this field than there are jobs. Technologist jobs typically require college education whereas engineering jobs require university degrees.

Graphic design: There are almost 10 times more graphic design jobs than there are graphic designers.

Medical radiation technologists: Only five per cent of these jobs are being filled. In fact, tech positions within the health field are the highest in demand. 

Technology jobs can mashup with anything, especially sciences and business. The people featured on CareerMash often talk about how important it is to establish skills in both areas. For example, just because there aren’t many jobs in chemistry, doesn’t mean you can’t find a related job. Look at Adrien Cote – he’s a chemist who has a tech career at Xerox Canada.

What do you think of these results? Have they impacted what you might pursue? Let us know!


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