Alberta can expect to have more than 77,000 digital-focused jobs by 2023, according to a new report released by the Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC).
The report, called “Creating a Digital Future for Alberta,” was published in partnership with Calgary Economic Development and the Alberta Ministry of Labour and Immigration.
The report focuses on the diversification and digitization of the economy, in four main sectors – advanced manufacturing, healthcare, cleantech and interactive digital media – and the impact the growth in these sectors will have on different industries as well as educational institutions.
“Advance technologies are becoming the essence of any high-performing economy,” Namir Anani, ICTC’s president and CEO, said. “We wanted to understand where the jobs of the future are and figure out how, as an economy, we can meet that demand to fill those jobs going forward.”
Calgary, which is one of Canada’s top cities for professionals with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) backgrounds, is expected to see a surge in employment opportunities in areas like data science, geographic information systems (GIS) and quality assurance (QA) testing.
“We just completed a study that revealed the digital transformation of industry will generate $18.4 billion in spending in Alberta through 2022. With the addition of this study, we have a better sense of the thousands of highly-skilled jobs expected to be created in our digital future,” said Mary Moran, President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development. “We need to retain the best young minds graduating from our post-secondaries, retrain experienced professionals with the new skills businesses demand, and recruit top talent to drive innovation across all industries as laid out in our economic strategy Calgary in the New Economy.”