Digital Technology and Industry

A career in ICT offers exciting and diverse job opportunities. Digital technology professionals are in demand across all sectors of the economy in Australia and around the world. ICT opens the door to a great salary, variety of work and the chance to travel to all corners of the globe.

Careers range from being purely technical through to having a strong business development focus. The important thing to remember is that your first job isn’t your role for life. As you gain more experience and knowledge, and you discover what you’re most interested in, opportunities open up to move into other roles and other areas.

Economic Environment

Skills shortages and the demand for digital technology professionals are important factors that have contributed to an increase in ICT salaries. When there are skills shortages, salaries and incentives can become more competitive to attract and keep quality workers. Skills that are in-demand sometimes allow for negotiation of salaries. Businesses also offer flexible work arrangements, training, career planning, bonuses and performance related pay to attract and keep staff. The current global shortage of ICT professionals means even more opportunities for those wishing to experience other cultures and lifestyles.

The Industry

People with ICT skills can work in lots of 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! Wherever you are able to the internet can be your work place.  Consider animators in Tasmania, gamers in Brisbane (Fruit Ninja) 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 …maybe even by real-time hologram from home! ICT is also a set of skills required across every industry meaning skilled people are able to work all over the world and have the opportunity to move from job to job, project to project and location to location.

Skills in Demand

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

Experience/Qualifications

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

Graduate Entry:  Organisations sometimes offer programs designed for graduates in ICT. These are industry-based learning programs that 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. (link)

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 get work experience to complement their study or interest.  A qualification plus work experience is passport to anywhere!