Northern Ireland has benefited from the rise in new technology since the turn of the millennium. A local workforce of skilled IT graduates has ensured investment in these industries and ongoing development. The dot com bubble of the early twenty first century did not affect Northern Ireland as much as other areas.
This has been one of the main areas of jobs growth in recent years in Northern Ireland requiring specialist knowledge and qualifications and attracting large amounts of investment from outside Northern Ireland.
For more information on ICT, its importance to the economy and the type of jobs available, then visit BBC Bitesize.
The Northern Ireland economy went through many changes since the end of WWII, with the impact of 'The Troubles' being keenly felt.
Understanding Northern Ireland's key business sectors can help you gain an important insight into the strength of our local economy.
Learn more about by accessing some of the many resources available on the BBC and external sites.
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