Information technology is a big part of our lives. We use technologies such as computers, smartphones and tablets every day. More importantly, information and communications technologies are central to the operation of organisations in many different industries. This means that graduates of computing and information technology programs are very valuable and can take many different career paths.
Many international students enrol in computing and information technology degrees each year. The Australian information and communications technology (ICT) industry is growing, which means that new courses and specialisations are constantly being created.
The courses and employment opportunities available will depend on the level of qualification you complete.
There is a long list of undergraduate degrees in computing and information technology available in Australia, which prepare students for various roles in the field. Many graduates find careers in practical areas such as hardware and networking, or deal with the development of systems and programs.
Some apply their creativity in areas such as desktop publishing or interactive multimedia. Others enter operations or management roles.
Because there are different career areas, there are also many different specialisations within computing and information technology degrees. The most common degrees in the field include bachelor degrees in information technology, information systems or computing. These are broad degrees that allow students to explore a number of specialisations in areas such as artificial intelligence, database programming, games design, mobile computing, network engineering, software development and telecommunications. Students who have a more specific career in mind may be able to enter a specialised course in their field of interest (a bachelor of software engineering, for example).
Postgraduate study in the computing and information technology field has grown a lot in recent years. Student numbers are increasing, with many professionals returning to study to update their skills and knowledge or qualify for more senior positions. There are also many students who do not have a computing and information technology background that are using postgraduate qualifications to enter a career in the field, as well as a large number of computing and information technology bachelor degree graduates who want to improve their job prospects through further study.
JOBS IN AUSTRALIA
Australia’s digital economy is growing, so the demand for computing and information technology graduates is expected to stay strong for years to come. Graduates are employed in many different roles across all sorts of industries, from information technology firms to other organisations that require information technology expertise. Some graduates find work in information technology support roles in various types of workplaces. Others may find themselves working in more creative roles such as designing websites or games. Other roles include testing, networking and software or systems development. Some graduates apply their information technology skills in sales roles or as act as consultants to the industry. It’s possible to work outside of the industry too, perhaps using your knowledge for a technical writing role or to teach information technology skills to others.