Education and ongoing learning are essential ingredients to any successful
career in the digital age - and that's especially true for iT
professionals. In fact, the iT workforce is very well educated - more than
three-quarters of iT workers have post-secondary education.
What's typically needed
For careers in iT, typically you
need an iT degree/diploma, as well as some form of iT
- iT degree/diploma
For an iT degree/diploma, you may
choose from (a) community colleges and universities across
Canada that offer three- or four-year programs, or (b) private career colleges that provide
shorter, more focused training. For mature professionals who have no previous iT
exposure and want to complete their schooling in a short timeframe, the best bet
may be a private college.
- iT certification
iT certifications have become the
industry standard for alerting a potential employer to your skills. Discover
more in the Certification section.
Want to know which schools across Canada offer iT studies? Check out the online schools database
maintained by the Information and Communications Technology Council - it
features a listing of Canadian universities, colleges, career colleges and
university colleges that offer post-secondary iT programs.
A Changing World
After high school, university was
traditionally thought of as the logical next step in a student's education. But
this has changed. More often, information-based industries are looking for
applied technology professionals to add to their workforce.
While public college and university programs may provide some of the
background required to obtain certification, they may not fully prepare students
for certification. Many college and university graduates subsequently enroll in
private career college programs to get hands-on, applied technology training.
For those already educated at a community college or university, your academic
credentials are complementary to the professional certifications you'll obtain
from a private career college.