I know I.T. is picking up; here is the evidence of how fast.

Many I.T. professionals choose me to write their resumes. During the last few years it’s has been tough for them to find new positions, the jobs haven’t been there and competition has been fierce.

In the last few months I have noticed a considerable up turn in all facets of I.T. across the world, especially in Canada and the United States. It is still a tough environment; however, a press release issued this week by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation highlights what I have been seeing. Their semi-annual technology employment survey released January 20, 2006 shows that the region has increase its technology companies by 4% and technology employment by 7% since July 2005. During the past 12 months, 123 companies and 8,326 additional advanced technology jobs have been added throughout the Ottawa Region.

The press release continues with an interesting comment, something I as a career management professional am extremely interested in, the retirement of the baby boomers scheduled to hit in 2010. The OCRI state that there is growing concern that there may be insufficient highly qualified personnel to fill the demand. Canada as is the United States, is approaching a severe labour shortage, declining university and college enrolments are a compounding factor.

At the University of Ottawa there is a significant decline in computer science enrollments. Between 200 – 240 students in 2000 and 2001, today it’s closer to 60.

Interesting comments for just one university, how many others are also noticing this decline?

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