Archive for September 9, 2020

Canada’s Technology Industry Continues On Growth Path: CompTIA

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 9, 2020 by itnerd

Canada’s technology industry recorded another year of steady growth in 2019, according to Cyberprovinces™, the annual report on the size and scope of the country’s tech industry and workforce published by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the global technology industry.

Net tech employment increased by nearly 60,000 positions in 2019, a growth rate of 3.6% over the previous year, and now totals an estimated 1.72 million workers. Since 2011, net tech employment in Canada has increased by an estimated 282,000 net new jobs. The figures include technology professionals working in technical positions and business professionals employed by technology companies.

Canada’s tech sector accounted for 4.7% of the overall Canadian economy in 2019, up slightly from 2018. There are approximately 73,154 tech business establishments with payroll located throughout Canada.

Eight provinces recorded gains in technology employment in 2019, led by Ontario (+31,735), Quebec (15,937) and British Columbia (+12,323).

The media annual wage for a technology worker in Canada is $76,471 CAD compared to $54,483 CAD for all occupations.

CompTIA’s Cyberprovinces report is based on data available through the end of 2019. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Canadian technology industry and workforce will not be fully understood until complete 2020 labour market data is available.

Double-digit growth is projected for the period from 2019 through 2027 for several occupations, including database analysts and administrators (22%), systems analysts and consultants (17%), software engineers (16%) and user support technicians (15%).

Technology job  postings through the first half of 2020 were down from the same period in 2019, but still totaled more than 54,700.      

The report notes that employer demand for skills in areas such as machine learning, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain, internet of things and related emerging technologies increased by 36% percent in 2019. Though still a relatively small subset of overall job postings, it is an indicator of where business investment in tech may be headed.

The complete Cyberprovinces 2020 report, with comprehensive national and province level data on average wages, business establishments, job postings, emerging tech metrics and more, is available at https://www.comptia.org/content/cyberprovinces-2020.

Babylon By TELUS Health Launches Healthcheck AI-driven Health Assessment Tool

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 9, 2020 by itnerd

Too often, individuals pay attention to their health only once they are unwell. In many cases, this is because they lack an understanding of their current health status and the impact of decisions on their health.

Babylon by TELUS Health’s Healthcheck is an AI-driven health assessment tool designed by doctors, scientists and epidemiologists to give users a more holistic view of their overall health and provide recommendations for actionable changes to reduce a patient’s risk for disease. 

Healthcheck offers the following features:

  • Assessment: An engaging, conversational chatbot interface asks users about their medical history and lifestyle factors to assess their current health status and predict their future disease risks.
  • Digital Twin: Assessment results are presented through a Digital Twin, a realistic representation of the human body broken down by organs, which users can explore to gain a better understanding of their risks and the factors affecting them.
  • Insights: Through the detailed assessment of medical history, family history, diet, lifestyle and mood, Healthcheck creates a clinically accurate projection of the user’s potential risk for disease and suggests lifestyle changes to reduce their risk levels.

As Canadians face a potential second wave of the COVID-19 virus, it will be important that they are provided reliable and insightful tools and resources to maintain their health and well-being. Thus you might want to check out Healthcheck should the need arise.