Careers in Culture – Digital Media: "The Interactive Zone"
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The interactive Digital Media industry is advancing Canada's digital economy, creating jobs and fuelling growth through innovation in Canadian cultural and creative industries. These industries are said to have contributed 3.8% to Canada's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2007, contributing approximately $46 billion. The sector's total footprint, including direct, indirect and induced contributions was estimated to be $84.6 billion, or 7.4% of the country's GDP, employing over 1.1 million people.
Canada is in a position of leadership as a key player in the global interactive digital content market. Energetic, resourceful young people like you continue to be needed. Canada has a distinct "digital advantage!" Take advantage of this thriving sector and contribute to its growth.
The Canadian government offers some support to Digital Media as creativity, knowledge and access to information are increasingly recognized as powerful engines driving economic growth and promoting economic development. Some programs provide tax subsidies in some areas of Digital Media, transmedia project subsidies and SRED: Scientific Research & Experimental Development subsidies. Look at funds like the Canada Media Fund, the National Film Board of Canada, industry funds and even angel investors.
People working in interactive Digital Media are typically highly skilled and well-paid. For example, interactive Digital Media workers earned on average $49,000 in 2008, significantly more than the average salary for Canadian workers across the economy, which was $29,000.