In the future, all of the largest companies will have one thing in common, regardless of their sector: they will be software companies. As a result, the need for software development skills are projected to grow by 22% between 2019 and 2029, compared to the average growth rate of 4% for all occupations. And it’s not just software jobs that require software development skills; technical writers, electrical and hardware engineers, computer-aided design programmers and manufacturers, statisticians, economists and mathematicians all benefit from software development capability.
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Canada's labour force is undergoing a digital transformation while also recovering from a pandemic-induced economic slowdown. In these remarkable times, there are a range of opportunities to innovate, grow, and prepare for the high-growth jobs of tomorrow.
Software engineers and designers research, design, evaluate, integrate and maintain software applications, technical environments, operating systems, embedded software, information warehouses and telecommunications software. They are employed in information technology consulting firms, information technology research and development firms, and information technology units throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed.
Mechanical engineers research, design and develop machinery and systems for heating, ventilating and air conditioning, power generation, transportation, processing and manufacturing. They also perform duties related to the evaluation, installation, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers are employed by consulting firms, by power-generating utilities and in a wide range of manufacturing, processing and transportation industries, or they may be self-employed.
Electrical power line and cable workers construct, maintain and repair overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems. They are employed by electric power generation, transmission and distribution companies, electrical contractors and public utility commissions.