How to find out where you fit in Canada’s tech industry

Microsoft’s survey of more than 3,000 Canadian IT professionals has found that Canadians with a bachelor’s degree in computer science are more likely to work in the tech industry than those with no computer science degree.

The survey, which was conducted online between June 25 and July 5, found that more than half (55 per cent) of the survey respondents with a college education had been in the technology sector.

This is the highest proportion of those with a computer science or technical degree to be in the industry in five years, said Mike Merskey, the survey’s co-author and chief executive officer of Microsoft Canada.

Merskey said this trend is likely to continue, especially as the Canadian economy continues to recover.

“The economy continues the recovery, the manufacturing sector continues to grow, and the service sector continues its slow growth,” he said.

“But the IT sector continues the trend of being a very concentrated sector.”

The survey also found that the IT industry has a median age of 26.9 years, with the average salary of a C-suite employee (those in the top five per cent of earners) at $103,900.

That means it is a relatively young industry.

The industry has seen growth of almost 12 per cent per year, Mersback said.

In fact, he said, the industry is growing faster than all other sectors.

But Mersk said the growth in the IT field will only continue as the economy continues its recovery.

“When the economy starts to pick up again, it will continue to pick back up in the years to come,” he added.

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