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Quick career guides: Information technology

By Fi Darby

Even if you think you know what you would like your next career step to be, it is always a good idea from time to time, to have a look at other options. The Australian government produces lots of statistics about work and employment, and reading industry blogs can be a great way to find out more about job sectors from people who really know their stuff, they are also a good way to gain useful information before an interview.

For many people, however, the problem with accessing all of this information is time. All the career information we need is out there but the time to look through it often eludes us. To encourage you to think about different career possibilities that might suit you, we sought out information about Australia’s fastest growing careers and have created a quick guide about each one for you. For each industry, this guide includes information about growth and employment, available qualifications and recommended blogs.

Information Technology Careers

The world continues to rely more and more on technology and the pace of technology’s impact on business has not slowed. The technology industry is still flourishing and offers a wide and lucrative variety of options for those with the relevant skills and, more increasingly, qualifications.

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Workforce size

  • Software and Applications Programmers (97,800)
  • ICT Managers (58,400)
  • ICT Support Technicians (50,500)

Employment rate

  • ICT  Support Technicians: Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has stayed about the same but strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover occur from workers leaving the profession.
  • This may create up to 50,000 job before 2020.
  • Very strong growth is expected in the future. 
  • Unemployment rate is ‘Below Average’ or ‘Average’ (good news for workers)

Quick facts about IT careers

  • Job entrants in IT mainly work in: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Almost all work full-time.
  • Full-time workers, on average, work 41.0 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).

Highest number of part-time workers

  • ICT Trainers (34%)
  • ICT Managers (only 5.2% of the workforce is part-time)

Recommended qualifications

Upskilled offers more than 30 qualifications in Information Technology - here are just a few:

Recommended Blogs

 Blog Name  Career Tips  Industry Specific Advice  Useful Resources Australia Specific 
 Tech Republic   Y  Y  N  N
 ARNnet   N  Y  N  Y

Our One Minute Career Guides can only give you limited information but they are very useful for giving you an overview and comparing careers options. If you would like more details about any specific career, keep an eye out on our Skillstalk blog, where we regularly feature individual careers or career sectors, interview industry experts and give advice.

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