As you decide what you want to go to post-secondary to study, it’s helpful to consider what jobs are actively hiring. That way you can plan your path to a tangible job goal at the end of your studies. Nowadays, many jobs require specific skills training. It’s better to plan a career path before you graduate, so you can ensure you have the skills you need for a job after graduation.
The good news is that there are plenty of jobs in manufacturing and will be for many years to come as the Baby Boomer generation retires.
In 2018, some of the jobs available in manufacturing may surprise you. As automation puts more of the line jobs in the hands of robots, the job opportunities that remain or are being created open whole new avenues of lucrative and enjoyable employment. This is good news for you because these jobs are more stimulating, challenging, and creative than ever before and lead to quick career growth and valuable skills development.
Information Technology in High Demand
Here are two information technology sector jobs that are in high demand in manufacturing:
Computer Programmer (NOC 2174)
- According to StatsCan, this job usually requires “a bachelor's degree in computer science or in another discipline with a significant programming component or completion of a college program in computer science.” If you want to specialize in computer programming for engineering or scientific applications, it will likely require additional post-secondary schooling.
- The average annual salary for a full-time computer programmer in Canada is between $60,000 and $80,000.
- Working as a computer programmer allows you to see behind the curtain of the online and digital worlds, to better understand how our modern applications work.
- This job is a necessary part of the modern world, as software is always being created or updated.
- Computer programming is often a job that can be done from home, as code can be written anywhere.
- This job is excellent for anyone who is detail oriented, as even a single mistake in a line of code can have far-reaching ramifications.
Systems Analyst (NOC 2171)
- According to StatsCan, this job usually requires “a bachelor's degree in computer science, computer systems engineering, software engineering, business administration or a related discipline or completion of a college program in computer science.”
- The average annual salary for a full-time systems analyst in Canada is around $75,000.
- Thinking creatively will help in this profession, because systems analysts are always looking for more efficient ways to solve problems.
- If you like helping people solve problems with their computers or applications, you’ll enjoy this job. Think of yourself as a translator between programmers and users.
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