There has never been a more exciting time to become an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professional.
If you like to keep up with the latest technology, enjoy analysing problems and creating solutions, and want to work in the industry of your choice, then a career in ICT is for you!
In today's information age, everything is being driven or disrupted by technology. Computing, computer science and related ICT disciplines all play an important part in everything we do. They are now integral to how we learn, communicate, work, manufacture, trade, travel, socialise and entertain ourselves. ICT roles are essential to innovation and productivity across a wide range of sectors.
Why be an ICT professional?
Studying ICT can be one of the best preparations for your future. It is estimated that as many as 44% of current traditional careers won’t exist in 20 years’ time1.
An ICT qualification and knowledge of digital technologies will make you more employable in the future and you'll stand out from the crowd. The possibilities with ICT are endless and the work itself can be a lot of fun!
1. Source: Careers with Code www.careerswithcode.com.au
Where can an ICT qualification take me?
More than ever before, the growth in global technology is creating new career opportunities in Australia and overseas. Many of these new ICT roles didn’t exist, just a few short years ago. Many more will be be invented in your lifetime.
With ICT knowledge and qualifications you can work almost anywhere as an individual or within a team. In fact many ICT jobs are now done collaboratively within a team environment.
A career in ICT could see you working in an ever changing and challenging field and in many different industry sectors. Demand for ICT professionals is already very high and expected to increase in areas of specialisation such as ICT Security, Database Administration, Application and Software Development, Business Analysis and Systems Analysis2.
You may initially work in a smaller company to be exposed to more areas of ICT, while gaining experience. Then as you gain experience, you may move on to work in a larger company, as an ICT specialist in one of their key areas such as sales, marketing, development, programming, testing, or security.
ICT specialists also find work in the many organisations that are not ICT companies, but they leverage ICT for their business or operations - ICT roles in government, transport and logistics, finance, banking and retail are just a few examples.
2. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Dept of Employment trend data to Nov 2015 and projections to 2020 - http://joboutlook.gov.au.
What is the ICT profession all about?
ICT provides the enabling technology for all other industries, so a diverse range of roles exist for ICT professionals. While ICT is an industry in its own right, many ICT professionals work in business, commerce, finance, manufacturing, sport, telecommunications, mining, fashion, multimedia, government, entertainment and many more.
As little as 10 years ago, careers such as smartphone app developer were unheard of. Now, you can use apps to track your fitness, to give you access to your entire workplace in the palm of your hand from anywhere in the world, or to connect you with others via video with a single click. What will the next decade bring? With the explosion of wearable devices the opportunities and possibilities are only limited by your imagination!
ICT covers these broad fields and specialisations, with many different roles in each:
- Computer Networks
- Database/ Systems/ ICT Security
- Business and Systems
- Multimedia and Web
- Software and Applications
- Support and Testing
- Computer Scientist, Researcher, Academic
- Management & Consultancy
You can investigate more about a cross-section of ICT professions by using our ICT Infographic 2017 Resource (PDF 742kb).
Compare the figures in this infographic, based on latest (2015) data, to the current data on the Job Outlook website to see what's changed since 2015.
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Find out more
Find out more about the wide range of ICT careers and roles you can pursue. Then remember to review your Career Action Plan with your teacher or careers teacher.