In a time where the media magnifies low job creation in Canada, one industry is still hiring heavily: video games. In Quebec, the video games industry experienced growth of 21% in jobs in 2011, according to a survey by TechnoCompétences—that's 8,000 new jobs.
For 2012, the forecast is set to more than 9,000 new jobs, which equates to annual growth of about 15%. But this isn't a new phenomenon: since 2002, the annual job creation in Quebec video games has been zooming along at a remarkable average rate of 23%.
42 of the 55 firms in the survey are involved in the development of games (consoles, mobile, social networks, etc.), nine are involved in the software and support, and four are in quality testing. 79% of the firms in the survey have offices in the Greater Montreal region and 10% have offices in Quebec City.
“While the big firms of 100 employees and more have around 90% of the human resources in the industry, the SMEs of 50 employees and less represent around 55% of the firms in the industry," said TechnoCompétences.
The most popular job categories are artistic and programming positions (24% and 21%). 52% of the jobs require a university degree, particularly in production and programming. 71% of the jobs require between two and seven years of experience in video games. Job vacancies are more important for programming jobs (45% of job offers).