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Industry Trends: Information Technology

For the third episode on industry trends, we’re looking at where IT courses in Toronto can take you. This essential training is one of the most in demand in Canada.

IT stands for Information Technology, and this means computers and computer hardware. At the Academy of Learning College Toronto, our programs are designed with hardware and software skills in mind. This can include diploma programs like PC Support Specialist or Network Administrator.

However, IT has a high focus on accreditation and lifelong learning. Over the past decade, computers have become significantly more powerful and they require continuous training. For that reason, employers are looking for workers with flexible specializations. Shorter programs like CompTIA A+, Network+, and MCP Certification Preparation helps you achieve industry recognized certification.

For IT schools, it’s particularly important to keep an eye on emerging IT trends like cloud computing, the rise of the mobile web, business analytics and social computing. There has also been a shift towards new ways of using computers as more and more people must use them as a part of everyday life. If you take IT courses, you must also be sure to take classes that are relevant to the skills you need.

As computers become more common, not every user is an expert anymore. In the earliest days of PC ownership, access generally correlated with strong knowledge of how computers and the web worked. Now, the average consumer, whether a personal user or a business, has access to a pocket-sized phone with the capacity of computers of a decade ago. And, while the general user can count on essential computer literacy from things like business courses, for more specialized work companies turn to an elite cadre with an in depth understanding of IT systems.

All sorts of Information Technology specialists are currently in high demand. Economists, planners and researchers have been worrying about a strong labour shortage for these highly skilled professionals. The Globe and Mail lists IT among the 13 Hottest Jobs in Canada, while the IBM 2012 Technology Trends Report predicts shortages up to 100,000 workers over the next three years. This sort of forecasting is based on the projected demands of employers against the number of people known to have the needed training and abilities.

What IT trends would you like to train for to meet that high demand?

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