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Solving problems using digital technology

ICT offers exciting and diverse career opportunities. Digital technology professionals are in demand across all sectors of the economy - in Australia and around the world. Jobs range from purely technical through to having a strong business development focus.

Economic Environment

Skills shortages and the demand for digital technology professionals are important factors that have contributed to an increase in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) salaries. When there are skills shortages, salaries and incentives become more competitive to attract and retain highly skilled, quality workers. Skills that are in demand sometimes allow for negotiation of salaries, flexible work arrangements, further training opportunities, career planning, bonuses and performance-based incentives. The current global shortage of ICT professionals means more opportunities for those wishing to work abroad, travel and experience other cultures.

The Industry

People with ICT skills can work in many different industries including: marketing, multimedia, aviation/aerospace, agriculture, mining, finance, health, and of course the ICT industry. Competition for skilled employees, particularly project managers, business analysts, software developers and change management professionals remains high.

Job Location

The ICT industry is a truly global industry, with an internet connection being the only requirement for a workplace. Consider animators in Tasmania, gamers in Brisbane and web developers in Cairns. With improved communication networks, workers in the ICT industry can work from home, the beach, or wherever they happen to be based —perhaps even by real-time hologram! ICT is also a set of skills required across every industry meaning skilled people can work all over the world and have the opportunity to experience numerous jobs, projects and locations.

Skills in Demand

Cloud computing is an area of ICT that has created a lot of interest recently, accompanied by a short-fall of employees with relevant skills. It is expected that skills shortages will continue in cloud computing and support areas such as security, storage and data centres. Skills related to mobile systems, content delivery and content management are also in demand.

Experience/Qualifications

Work Ready Skills: Industry needs staff at all levels – for some roles that means entry via Certificates or a Diploma is the first step. Many of these roles have the opportunity for staff to build their skills and consider additional study as well as gaining experience in the work place.

Graduate Entry: Organisations sometimes offer programs designed for graduates in ICT. These industry-based learning programs provide hands-on, full-time paid work experience. Check out the Career Information section for more information about study options and how to get off to a great start in a digital career.

Computer Science Plus: Do you have a passion for science or the arts? Why not combine it with a qualification in the ICT field? Expand your opportunities within many fields by combining your passion with sound technical skills – consider the options with skills in both areas.

Starting at the Beginning: Every industry requires staff to gain work experience to complement their study or interest. A qualification plus work experience is a passport to anywhere!