Information technology workers
- Over 387,000 people were employed in information
technology (IT) occupations in 2001, accounting for
nearly 3% of all employed Canadians.
- Over half of IT specialists worked as information
systems analysts and computer programmers (52%), and
nearly one-quarter as user support technicians, and
computer and network operators (24%). The remainder
were computer and software engineers (14%), and web
designers, database analysts, and systems testing technicians
- IT specialists are relatively young, highly educated
and command high earnings. Median earnings in 2001 were
over $45,000 compared with $28,000 for all employed
- Two-thirds of IT specialists worked in five urban
centres. Ottawa-Gatineau had the highest concentration—8%
of all workers.
- More than one-quarter (27%) of IT specialists in
2001 were women. Highly educated, a majority were specialized
in the non-traditional science, engineering and mathematics
field of study. However, they commanded lower median
earnings ($41,000) than men.
- Immigrants accounted for almost one-third (32%) of
workers in IT specialties, and nearly half arrived in
Canada in the 1990s. Three in 10 arrived after 1996,
a period coinciding with the high-tech boom. By contrast,
immigrants constituted 20% of workers in all occupations,
and only 30% arrived in the 1990s.
Roman Habtu, formerly of the Labour and Household Surveys
Analysis Division, is now with Human Resources Development
Canada. She can be reached at (819) 997-5091 or firstname.lastname@example.org.