Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Friday, August 19, 2011

Canada's Digital Media Industry

A Carlisle Institute tweet has drawn my attention to the Assessing Canada's Digital Landscape item on The Mark News. It makes worthwhile reading for anyone interested in digital industries in Canada.

The author of this article, Justin Kozuch, was the Lead Researcher on 49 Pixels, which is a 2011 study of Canada's digital media industry. (See the home page of that site for lots of other goodies.)

Some highlights of interest to career developers:
  • about 3/5 have at least one degree
  • about 1/3 are very satisfied with their jobs
  • about 1/8 make $80,000-100,000, 1/20 make more
  • only about 1/4 took refresher courses and workshops to stay up-to-date
If you've read Daniel Pink's Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us and Kozuch's remarks about the need for innovations in the use of social media by business then, like me, you might wonder how many agencies are following Atlassian's lead in allowing their employees free time to follow their creative impulses.