These comments apply to the career group Computer and Information Systems Professionals, which includes Software Engineers.
Job openings will mainly result from employment growth. Fewer jobs will result from retirements as there are many young workers in this occupation. Although the rate of employment growth in this occupation will not reach the same level it did in the 1990s, it will remain strong for the 2011-2020 period. This is because computer technology is now an integral part of the economy, which is becoming increasingly knowledge based. However, changes in technology that facilitate remote communication will increase competition in this industry since they will make it possible for Canadian companies to outsource information and communications technologies and development services to lower cost countries. Although labour demand will be high, the number of job seekers is expected to be sufficient to fill all the job openings in this occupation. In fact, the number of computer science graduates will be high since this field of study continues to be very popular among young people. Immigration will also be an important source of job seekers since computer related jobs remain one of the most attractive high-skilled occupations for immigrants, given that skills and knowledge acquired abroad in this field are easily transferable to Canada.
Job Seekers: 210,661
Job Openings: 152,836
Job prospects for this career are rated Limited