You’ve worked hard for that Computer Science degree, becoming multilingual in code, building databases and maybe even applying all those theories you learned at school in a co-op.
Think you’re ready to get your hands dirty in the job market? Having an idea of what kind of salary you can expect is a key tool to understanding how your skills are valued.
Jobs in the technology sector are especially varied and constantly overlap other fields. For example, if your post-grad end-game is to be a Front-End Developer, but you have a healthy interest in finance, chances are egg-cellent you’ll be able to hatch a career that plays to both your acquired knowledge and personal interests.
The Human Resources and Skills Development Canada 10-Year Outlook predicts an increase in relevancy for service-related employment through 2015. Pair that with the ever-advancing landscape of information technologies and it looks like the forecast for burgeoning technology professionals is bright and sunny. Specific to Canadian interests, you might try looking into the Agriculture, Construction, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals and Energy/Utilities sectors as the most lucrative and in-demand.
Here are some examples of entry level technology jobs and their average starting salaries across Canada:
|Business Systems Analyst||Client/Server Programmer|
|National Average: $46,132||National Average: $42,358|
|Toronto: $51,516||Toronto: $47,301|
|Montreal: $49,411||Montreal: $45,368|
|Vancouver: $51,107||Vancouver: $46,926|
|Edmonton: $44,789||Edmonton: $41,124|
|Operating Systems Programmer||LAN Administrator|
|National Average: $45,236||National Average: $46,357|
|Toronto: $50,515||Toronto: $51,767|
|Montreal: $48,451||Montreal: $49,651|
|Vancouver: $50,114||Vancouver: $51,356|
|Edmonton: $43,918||Edmonton: $45,006|
|Help Desk Support||Web Designer|
|National Average: $37,191||National Average: $49,980|
|Toronto: $41,531||Toronto: $55,813|
|Montreal: $39,834||Montreal: $53,532|
|Vancouver: $41,202||Vancouver: $55,370|
|Edmonton: $36,108||Edmonton: $48,524|
|Web Software Developer||Database Analyst|
|National Average: $44,326||National Average: $48,056|
|Toronto: $49,499||Toronto: $53,665|
|Montreal: $47,476||Montreal: $51,472|
|Vancouver: $49,106||Vancouver: $53,239|
|Edmonton: $43,035||Edmonton: $46,657|
As it goes with any position, the more experience and expertise you can offer, the more you can expect to make. Some other positions that are up-and-coming in terms of demand: Ethical Hacker, Health Information Tech and Open Source Specialist.
Visit TalentEgg’s Technology Career Guide for student and entry level jobs from top technology employers, plus more eggs-clusive articles and videos to help you hatch your technology career.