Jun 17 2008
The BC technology industry, like most other industries in our booming province, seems to be immune to the economic slump hitting the USA and parts of Canada dependent on American branch-plant manufacturing (read: Ontario). The tech sector is looking to fill 10,000 jobs this year, on top of the 75,000 people already employed in the industry (PR Web), including yours truly. The participants at tonight’s Third Tuesday social media marketing extravaganza like superstar SM consultant Joe Solomon, super marketer Tanya Davis and SM evangelist Monica Hamburg are perfect examples of professionals who have found opportunities in the tech sector and are using tools for work that simply weren’t around just a few years ago. (My apologies to my friends at the event. Not feeling too well. I PROMISE to attend the next one. In the meantime, I’m sure Raul’s excellent liveblog of the Third Tuesday event will have to tide me over.
But the other side of the tech jobs story is that there don’t seem to be enough people to actually fill the jobs. Odd, since a lot of these jobs seem to have exactly the sorts of things people like in a job: good pay, opportunities, a creative environment and the “cool” factor of being able to say “I work in tech”. Is the dotcom bust buzzkill from 2000 still keeping people away from a burgeoning industry?
If so, all the parents who are still steering their kids away from tech and into the trades might start feeling awfully foolish when all those jobs dry up when the 2010 Olympics projects are done and the housing market slows down (Oh, wait, the second part has already come true).
For more on this issue, check out my post on Techvibes, Who Wants an Interesting, Well-Paid Job in IT? Anyone? Hello?
In the meantime, I discovered this excellent video about some interesting people who have managed to find some really cool tech jobs: Tetris block pilots.