The best technology careers for a brighter future in Canada
Career changes are a natural part of life, but it can be hard to find your purpose and direction. As a newcomer to Canada, you may be experiencing unexpected challenges or opportunities for growth. Maybe you are struggling to get your foot in the door into the Canadian job market or you are worried about losing a job to automation one day. Perhaps you want to be making more money so that you can live the life you have always dreamed of for yourself and your family. Times are unpredictable, but your career transition does not have to be. The future is bright and full of possibility. Where should you start? There is a major talent shortage in the technology sector, which means a surplus of rewarding jobs that could be yours.
Finding your next career
Before making your career transition, consider your transferable job skills. What have you learned in the past that could be helpful for your future career? Maybe you spent years working in the accounting field and you are great with spreadsheets and data. Why not take that strength and turn it into a successful career in cybersecurity or technology? Keep up with future trends by exploring these intriguing career options in robotics, cloud computing, cybersecurity and coding.
Do you love robots? Enjoy science fiction? Consider becoming a robotics engineer or technician. This career path will stretch your creative muscles and force you to think outside of the box. Through an introductory robotics course, you can learn all about the fascinating marriage of science and engineering. Job stability and financial security are of course important to consider when planning for the future. PayScale reports that the average salary for a robotics engineer is about $69,920. As you gain more expertise, you can apply for even more challenging and exhilarating robotics jobs.
To get even more futuristic, why not look at a machine learning course? This endlessly captivating field is all about enabling computers to learn and adapt through experience. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are transforming the digital world in so many profound ways that you can be a part of. Becoming a machine learning engineer also means having a terrific salary. PayScale reports that the average salary of a machine learning engineer is around $84,991. Money is not everything, but financial security can go a long way towards having the life you have always dreamed of.
For the future of digital storage solutions, look to the cloud. Modern cloud architects and engineers are part of an exciting trend that affects how we manage data and engage with clever data storage solutions. Becoming a cloud architect or engineer is a brilliant career choice that will keep you engaged and ensure your financial security for the future. The average salary of people who work in cloud computing is around $101,444, based on individual reporting to PayScale. But how can you access these incredible job opportunities? You will first need to learn about creating, managing and monitoring cloud storage solutions across the three major cloud computing platforms. You can develop a thorough working understanding of these platforms through a cloud computing course such AWS certification or Azure certification training at Ashton College.
Cybersecurity is one place where the talent shortage in Canada is always an issue. The Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity reports that the number of cybersecurity jobs in Canada is growing by an impressive 7% each year. This exponential growth means that there are many fantastic opportunities for you to explore. The first thing that you need to do is consider your education options and certification needs. Having the right training and the certification to prove it will help move your resume to the top of the pile. Certification is also an easy way to add formal education to your resume and gain foundational knowledge with a practical focus.
With CompTIA Security+ certification through TechnoEdge Learning, you will be qualified to take on the role of a network administrator, security administrator, security consultant or engineer, security specialist or penetration tester. Whichever role you choose, your security expertise will be invaluable to future employers. If your main passion is all about applying solutions to practical threats or weaknesses in a system, then CompTIA CySA+ training could also be a good fit. This training equips you to analyze security operations, vulnerability or threat intelligence. You can then explore career options as an analyst, engineer or specialist for any of those focus areas. Another certification worth talking about is the CompTIA Network+ certification, which prepares you to become a network analyst or administrator, network field engineer or technician, system engineer, computer technician or help desk technician. There are countless cybersecurity jobs available in Canada and companies are eager to hire qualified professionals with curious minds and a passion for the future.
The world is built on complex layers of code. If you enjoy math or you love solving problems, you may enjoy a career as a developer or software engineer. There are so many programming languages out there, but Python certification is the most logical place to focus your energy. This particular programming language is super versatile and accessible. The ease and logic of the language make Python a valuable asset and starting point for programming newcomers. People who work in programming and software development also have an average salary of $69,870 per year according to PayScale. Whether you are interested in Python for beginners or more complex education options, coding is an excellent field to get into and it will certainly open up many doors for your future.
How can you ensure a brighter future for yourself and your loved ones? Education can open a world of opportunities for you. You should also consider where you want to work and ask yourself the hard questions. What are your values? What kind of company culture are you looking for? Are you willing to work weekends or do you need to focus on time with loved ones? Do some soul searching and set yourself up for success with quality education in technology or cybersecurity. Then you will be ready to take the next step in your career and move towards a brighter future.
Written by: CJ McGillivray, Ashton College