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Excerpted from the Spain Career Guide

Spain's IT market is the fifth-largest in Europe. This sector is dominated by SMEs, with only 4 percent of companies claiming more than 50 employees. More than half of Spain's 30,000+ IT companies are located in Madrid and Barcelona.

Certification and Education Requirements

Most IT related jobs require either a university degree (six years) or a technical degree (three years). Some of the higher profile jobs may require certifications for specific computer languages, such as C++. The Ministerio de Educación (MEC) (Spanish Ministry of Education) can determine a foreign diploma’s Spanish equivalent.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Asociación de Técnicos de Informática (ATI)
Computer Experts Association 
http://www.ati.es/ (Spanish, English, Catalan, Galician, Basque and French)
With about 5,000 members, ATI is the largest association of computer professionals in Spain. ATI is headquartered in Barcelona with regional offices in other parts of Spain. ATI is a member of CEPIS (Council for European Professional Information Societies) and has a collaboration agreement with ACM (Association for the Computing Machinery). ATI’s website, started in 1994, is the oldest association website in Spain. In exchange for a fee, members of ATI may access the following services: continuing education (talks, courses, seminars, panels, workshops, symposia, conferences, technical committees, working groups and links with other computer societies worldwide), professional services (legal and professional advice, consulting, evaluations and certifications), career opportunities, information services and social activities.

Asociación de Técnicos de Informática (ATI)
Vía Laietana, 46 - Principal 1ª
08003 Barcelona 
Tel: +34 93 412 52 35
Fax: +34 93 412 77 13
Email: secregen@ati.es

Publications

Computerworld
http://www.idg.es/computerworld (Spanish)
Computerworld is a weekly magazine focused on IT business. The magazine, which provides industry news and analysis, is published by the Boston-based IDG Communications. The publication was established in Spain in 1981. Computerworld is available on the Internet on the IDG Spanish website, along with links to other IDG publications.

Computerworld (IDG Communications, S.A.U.)
Claudio Coello, 123 - 5º
28006 Madrid
Spain
Tel: +34 91 349 66 00
Fax: +34 91 319 61 04
Email: idg_nt@idg.es

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Spain Guide.



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