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Find out how to become an IT programmer and work in the information technology industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Programmer is $80,000 - 110,000 annually

What does an IT Programmer do?

IT programmers write computer code in a number of programming languages such as Java and C++. They are also responsible for the testing and trouble shooting of computer systems.

Read more about the Information Technology industry.

What are the key skills of an IT Programmer?

IT programmers are responsible for the research, analysis, design and implementation of the computer code required to enable a computer to follow user instructions.

  • Understand client requirements and designs
  • Create new computer programmes to client specifications
  • Have command of a variety of computer programming languages
  • Update existing programmes to allow for innovations
  • Initiate and control specialist testing and debugging routines
  • Communicate with clients throughout the design process

How to become an IT Programmer

It's possible to work as an IT Programmer without any formal qualifications, however, employers prefer those with relevant educational experience in computer science. Gaining internship experience is also encouraged alongside your education.

We recommend studying a ICT40120 - Certificate IV in Information Technology (Programming) or ICT30120 - Certificate III in Information Technology - Focus on Programming  to help you develop the skills needed to become an IT Programmer.

Quick facts

Working as an IT programmer gives you the opportunity to interact with computers whilst combining creative thinking and information gathering to create client requested results.

Employment for IT Programmers is set to grow very strongly over the next five years. From 153,700 in 2020 to 199,800 by 2025.

  • Average Hours Worked
    41 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Information Technology
  • Job Growth 
    Set to grow very strongly over the next five years. From 153,700 in 2020 to 199,800 by 2025. 

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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