Job prospects Computer Network Technician in Ontario

Job opportunities for Computer network technicians (NOC 2281) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a computer network technician.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Ontario

computer network technician
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Computer network technicians (NOC 2281) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

These workers are employed in all industries, but with higher shares in computer systems design and related services, telecommunications (mostly with wireless carriers), financial institutions, and public administration (mainly in federal government departments).

The widespread use of more complex and constantly evolving computer technology by businesses has been a key factor driving demand for this occupation. Significant expansions are planned and underway in many companies, including technology firms, while other robust financial commitments have been announced to build digital industries in the province.

Further, employment in the information, communication and technology (ICT) sector has been increasing nationally, and is strongly influenced by the growth in its largest segment, software and computer services. A significant part of this change is due to the greater use of cloud-based infrastructure by businesses. This cluster of on-line services such as applications, processing capability and data storage is often outside of an employer's work site, and this is expected to moderate the potential level of work opportunities for these professionals, including system administrators to maintain the computer infrastructure in-house. Within the public administration sector, 'cloud-based' technology is also already being used to deliver certain programs and services, while consultations continue in relation to modernizing the IT systems in other areas.

New entrants into the computer network technicians occupation includes an increasing number of graduates from college computer systems technology and technician programs, computer networking and technical support programs, and other related college courses. There are indications that graduates of the technician and technical support programs usually experience higher levels of unemployment than graduates of all college programs. However, most of those employed tend to find work in a job related to their field of study. Graduates of university degree programs such as computer science also add to the labour supply.

Employers tend to recruit computer network technicians, who, in addition to having related formal education, also have at least 3 years' experience working with operating systems such as Linux/Unix or Windows. Some positions also require individuals with knowledge of Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), and migrating work to a cloud-based environment. Additional certifications are available for this profession such as A+, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), or Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

Here are some key facts about Computer network technicians in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 19,400 people work in this occupation.
  • Computer network technicians mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Computer systems design services (NAICS 5415): 18%
    • Information and cultural industries (NAICS 51): 12%
    • Monetary Authorities - central bank and securities, commodity contracts and other intermediation and related activities (NAICS 521, 522, 523): 9%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 7%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 6%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 93% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 7% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 75% of computer network technicians work all year, while 25% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of computer network technicians are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Computer network technicians (NOC 2281) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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