When the dotcom bubble burst worldwide last year, it was a shock to many, but the Information Technology industry continues to offer many challenging job opportunities. 'The [dotcom] collapse may have an effect on Internet and Web developers, but there is still a huge demand for IT developers for normal businesses. All kinds of IT professionals are needed, from hardware and software support and system programmers to networking data base designers and sales and marketing,' said Teresa Tsang, director of sales and marketing at Infocan. Ms Tsang said a Government survey last year made clear there was an increasing need for IT professionals. 'The IT field is definitely booming and we need a lot more people to come on board. The report predicts a shortage of 85,000 to 112,000 people in the field by 2005,' she said. Infocan was established more than 10 years ago and provides IT services in all areas, including training and certification, distribution of hardware and software licensing and IT solutions and service. Infocan's clients include cor porations, government departments and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises). In the last year, they trained more than 20,000 local teachers. 'It is important to bring IT into primary and secondary schools. Most of our programmes are school-based to give the teachers greater flexibility but we also offer courses in our centre,' Ms Tsang said. Infocan has 100 staff and seeks fresh graduates from all disciplines to join the team. 'We are looking for smart people with a healthy attitude. Applicants need not have hands-on experience in a particular area. We are willing to provide training but what we want to see is a strong interest in IT and a willingness to develop their own career,' Ms Tsang said. Fresh graduates are usually recruited at a basic salary of between $10,000 and $12,000 and are given a six-month probationary period during which they are trained in the industry.