National Technology Week is a great opportunity to find out more about careers in science and technology. Your options in Canada are virtually limitless and your career options in other countries are excellent if you are trained as a technician or technologists in Canada.
Technicians and technologists work at the frontiers of Canadian industry, where exploration and discovery are changing the way we live and work. They are integral players in virtually every aspect of a technical organization's operations, including project management, design, engineering support, research and development, sales and marketing, operations and production, management, and human resources training and development.
Their combination of focused theoretical knowledge and sophisticated practical expertise guarantees that technicians and technologists make a difference in nearly every facet of their business. If it's made, designed or researched in Canada, chances are it passed through the highly skilled hands of a technician or technologist.
Interested? If you want to become one of Canada's technology professionals, here are some questions you should ask yourself:
- Am I good at math and science? Do I enjoy these courses at school?
- Am I creative? Do I enjoy tackling new challenges, figuring out problems, or making things work better?
- Am I a team player? Do I like working with other people?
- Do I have good communications skills?
- Do I like working outdoors?
If you answered, "Yes," to some or all of these questions, a career as a technician or technologist may be just what you're looking for!
First, do as well as you can in your elementary and high school math and science courses!
Second, select an applied science or engineering technology program at a Canadian community college or post-secondary technical training agency. You can speed up the process of becoming certified by graduating from a post-secondary technical program that is nationally accredited by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists. There are over 240 CCTT nationally accredited post-secondary technical programs in Canada, so you have a lot of great choices!
Canada's certified technicians and technologists are certified in one of 14 disciplines! That means you have a wide range of exciting career options including jobs in:
- Information technology