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where tech jobs are headed in 2019

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace. That's mostly good news for Canada, which has established itself as an early leader in emerging tech specialties such as AI, clean tech and cloud services. That's attracted the notice of tech giants such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook to name a few. The rapid expansion has earned Canada's tech sector the title of fastest growing industry in the country. In fact, Toronto recently made headlines for being the fastest growing market for tech jobs in the world, beating out the venerable Bay Area (aka Silicon Valley). Ottawa and Montreal also made the list of top 15 fastest growing tech job markets, ranking 13th and 14th, respectively. The rapid growth is proving challenging for employers whose need for tech talent is outpacing availability. The good news is if you have tech and IT skills, you'll have your pick of employers in Canada!

 

the best tech jobs in 2019

The 2019 top jobs have shifted, with developers taking the top spot, unseating IT project manager, which was the best job last year. System administrator climbed to 2nd in 2019 from 6th last year. There are also several new entries this year including data analyst, help desk analyst and IT manager. This year's list reflects the diversity of the IT sector and the varied skills and specialties found in the field.

top job titles in IT

  • 1. developer / programmer

    It should be no surprise to see developer jobs rise to the top of the pack in 2019. Coding and programming skills remain in high demand. Full stack developers with a range and front and back end skills are especially sought-after. As for the top developer skills: Java, Python and .net are among the top specialties employers look for.

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  • 2. system administrator

    System administrator has steadily been climbing through the ranks. System administrator jobs rank 2nd this year, up from 6th last year. System administrators oversee their employer's IT infrastructure. They manage servers and network equipment, ensuring everything runs smoothly for both internal employees and external customers.

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  • 3. IT project manager

    IT project managers are a constant on the list of top IT jobs in Canada. Though down a couple spots since last year, make no mistake, project managers with expertise in the IT sector are still in high demand. Those with PMP, PMI or agile certifications are particularly sought after.

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  • 4. quality assurance analyst

    Quality assurance jobs are a staple on the best jobs in Canada list, holding steady in the 4th position. Quality assurance analysts play the important role of mitigating risk for their employer. They ensure that software is bug-free, user-friendly, and runs like a well-oiled machine.

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  • 5. data analyst

    Data is a crucial component of running a business in 2019. That's good news for data analysts who are tasked with making sense of the huge amounts of data organizations collect. Data analyst is a new entry on the list for 2019, but as businesses increasingly rely on data, expect the demand for data analysts to grow.

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  • 6. IT business analyst

    Though business analysts are found in many verticals, IT business analysts who specialize in tech and software analysis are in especially high demand in 2019. As businesses rely heavily on internal and external software, business analysts are needed to shape and optimize business systems and software to make them as effective as possible.

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  • 7. help desk analyst

    Help desk is new on the 2019 best job list for IT, but it should come as no surprise. Where there is technology (which is pretty much everywhere these days!) support is needed when things go wrong. Help desk professionals who are able to maintain a balance between tech-savviness and customer support are desperately needed in 2019.

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  • 8. IT manager

    Rounding out the list of best IT jobs for 2019 is IT manager. As tech teams continue to expand at a rapid rate, savvy leaders who understand the industry are needed to provide direction and oversight for IT projects and professionals. In addition to their leadership role, IT managers may also be involved in planning and strategy for long-term IT initiatives.

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IT salaries in canada in 2019

The IT industry offers some of the most competitive salaries in Canada. The average annual salary is $81,750, up slightly over last year's $81,500. The bottom 10% of earners in the tech field make less than $40,600, whereas the top 10% of earners in tech see their salary surpass $114,300.

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the best tech skills to have in 2019

The top skill for yet another year is Java. Linux climbed 2 spots to be the second most in demand. JavaScript rounds out the top 3 holding onto its spot from last year. New on this year's list is agile, the popular development methodology. As expected, the most in demand skills are coding related. If you know how to code, you're in a strong position in the candidate-driven tech job market.

top IT skills in 2019

  • 1. java

    Java remains the undisputed king of programming languages and is the top skill employers look for in IT for another consecutive year. If you work in software development, having solid Java coding skills is as close as you can get to an employment guarantee.

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  • 2. linux

    Open source operating system Linux climbs up this year's list to reach the second spot. The high level of customization available makes it the operating system of choice for many developers. It's also the leading operating system for servers, mainframes and supercomputers.

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  • 3. javascript

    JavaScript remains a must-have skill for front end developers and is highly sought-after by employers. It holds steady in the 3rd spot in 2019. Knowledge of popular JavaScript libraries and frameworks such as React, jQuery, Angular, Node.js and Vue.js will also help you get ahead.

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  • 4. SQL

    If you work with databases there's a good chance you use SQL or one of its iterations. SQL dropped to the 4th spot from 2nd last year, but continues to be a staple employers look for, particularly in analyst and data-centric IT jobs.

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  • 5. python

    Though Python is known for being accessible to entry-level coders, it's nonetheless robust, making it a great language to have in your repertoire. Python is one of the fastest growing programming languages. According to some sources, Python is posed to overtake Java as the most common object-oriented programming language used by professional developers in the near future.

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  • 6. C# / .NET

    Developed by Microsoft, C# and the .NET framework have become staples in the programmer toolbox. They're known for being the language and framework of choice for Microsoft products (which should come as no surprise, since they created them!) For anyone who wants to create Windows applications, C# and .NET are handy to know. Other popular applications including gaming, automation, and web applications.

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  • 7. C / C++

    C is one of the oldest and most influential coding languages ever created, having influenced Java, C# and many others. It remains popular in its own right, and is still a good programming language to have in your coding repertoire. C++ is known as a more challenging language to work with, so having C++ expertise is sometimes considered prestigious and the mark of an experienced developer.

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  • 8. agile

    Though Agile is new on the best skills list for 2019, the agile methodology has been growing in popularly in tech circles for years. Agile is built on the premise that short-intense bursts of coding and small, frequently pushed updates are more effective than long development cycles and infrequent but large-scale updates. If you want to showcase your compatibility with the agile methodology, scrum, the most well-known framework within the Agile family, has a popular certification. 

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best IT certifications to have in 2019

Cisco's network certifications are the most in demand of 2019, claiming the top 2 spots. Project management also continues to be a top skill in IT, so it's no surprise to see the PMP certification round out the top 3. Overall, the top IT certifications in 2019 are diverse, covering a range of IT skills.

top certifications

  • 1. cisco certified network associate (CCNA)

    Cisco's associate level certification is the most in-demand certification of 2019, partly due to its versatility. Cisco offers a variety of specializations including industrial networking, network security and many others, so you can hone in on one area that interests you most.

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  • 2. cisco certified network professional (CCNP)

    Cisco's professional-level certification is a step above the associate certification that takes the top spot on this list. Having this certification marks you as a expert in your selected field. Just like the associate level certification, you can select from a variety of specializations such as industrial networking, network security and many others.

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  • 3. project management professional (PMP)

    When it comes to demonstrating your expertise as a project manager it doesn't get any better than a project management professional (PMP) certification. It's the undisputed industry standard worldwide and offered by the Project Management Institute.

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  • 4. certified information systems security professional (CISSP)

    CISSP is the premier certification in information security. If you need proof: it's trusted by the impenetrable NSA. it's immensely popular and built on 30 years of IT security expertise, making it one of the oldest and most-trusted certifications in IT. If you want to work in the fast-growing IT security field, this is the certification you need.

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  • 5. HP certifications

    HP's certifications are well-respected and cover a variety of specialties including servers, storage, networking, infrastructure, security, cloud, and other fields. The HP certifications also come in 4 levels: foundational, professional, expert and master. The higher you climb up this chain, the more in-demand you'll be.

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  • 6. microsoft certified solutions expert (MCSE)

    Obtaining an MCSE marks your skill in designing and building advanced solutions using Microsoft technology. Microsoft's MCSE is one of the most well-established and reputable certifications in IT. There are several MCSE specialties you can obtain including business applications, cloud platforms, data management, mobility and productivity. 

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  • 7. amazon web services (AWS) certifications

    Amazon's web and cloud-based services are massively popular among businesses. With over 1 million enterprise customers, expect AWS certifications to be in demand for the foreseeable future. Though AWS is best known for its cloud solutions, the AWS platform has certifications for a variety of  specialties including cloud, SysOps, DevOps, big data, networking, security and others.

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  • 8. certified information systems auditor (CISA)

    With the growing importance of data security, CISA is a great certification to have. CISA focuses on management-level IT security and indicates you're able to plan, execute and maintain enterprise security solutions.

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