Posted November 04, 2020 15:23:30A job in information technology (IT) is still the most sought-after in the global IT sector.
But the job is in serious danger of being lost to automation, says the Information Technology Industry Association of Canada (ITIA), a group of more than 40 Canadian and U.S. IT professionals.
With job growth slowing in recent years, many IT jobs are no longer getting the same kind of support that they once did, said Michael Cammack, president and CEO of the ITIA.
He said the IT workforce is aging.
It’s no longer being trained to deal with the complexities of digital transformation.
There are more IT professionals than there are jobs.
“There’s a lot of concern and concern,” said Cammacks.
“The IT sector needs to keep its head down and focus on its core competencies and how we can help businesses and IT firms succeed in the future.”
Cammack said there is a need for more support for IT professionals, including apprenticeship programs and mentoring and job training for those who are not yet ready to enter the workforce.
The IT industry has a growing need for skilled IT professionals who can help companies innovate in new and exciting ways.
“I think there is still a lot to be done,” said Stephen O’Brien, CEO of CNET Canada.
“We need to keep an eye on IT jobs and the skills needed.”