Job prospects System Administrator 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 system administrator.

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities in Ontario

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Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Computer network technicians (NOC 2281) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

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

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • All major industries, but leading share employed in computer systems design services
  • Telecommunications, mainly wireless carriers
  • Financial institutions
  • Public administration, largely federal government departments.

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Technological changes occurring in many business operations, including in the automotive, finance and insurance, and health care sectors
  • Remote work structures resulting from COVID-19 accelerated information technology (IT) transformation,
  • The level of job prospects, or the roles of these technicians may change as more businesses adopt cloud-based technologies which are usually available from offsite third-party providers.

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • In addition to other formal education, additional certifications are available, including, A+ Technician, IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  • Experience working with operating systems such as Linux/Unix or Windows, and knowledge of structured query language (SQL) databases and programming are common requirements
  • Ability to work with traditional in-house servers, and in a cloud-based environment may be an asset in securing employment
  • Knowledge of operating system virtualization should be beneficial.

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • Computer network technicians may be required to work outside of regular working hours, including on weekends.
  • In general:
    • Micro-credentials or short-term training courses and certification are being offered by post-secondary institutions to help job seekers upskill; courses may also be offered by industry stakeholders.

Bridging Programs are also available to assist internationally trained professionals in various fields enter the labour market more quickly in the province.

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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    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

    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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