21 Nov 2016
Information technology is the new black, according to recent statistics. IT, ICT, information tech, or whatever else you choose to call it is showing no signs of slowing down in terms of industry growth and demand for capable professionals. This means one thing — plenty of career opportunities.
ICT jobs growth
Put all the stereotypes about IT out of your mind, and think about how much technology influences our lives. A world of fun, creativity, and innovation is ready and waiting for you, whatever your background.
Consider this: according to data released by Deloitte and the Australian Computer Society, employment in this industry is expected to grow at a rate of 2.5% per year through to 2020. The bulk of this demand is focused on people with up-to-date qualifications and the flexibility to apply their skills in diverse areas outside of pure ICT, such as advertising or accounting.
The Committee for Economic Development of Australia tells us that information technology has redefined the skills employers expect. This trend takes on a whole new dimension when you consider the constant evolution of the technology.
Current figures also tell us that we can expect another 100,000 ICT positions to be needed in Australia in the next few years.
What are the roles coming through?
According to Paxus technology has been the driving force behind an additional three million jobs in Australia since the year 2000. The continued growth will focus heavily on data specialists, security experts, and online marketing.
Business Insider confirms this and also predicts high demand for technology-focused roles including:
Digital marketing officer: as the shift into digital marketing (Facebook, SEO, HTML5) continues, the need for marketers with a strong info tech background is going to increase.
Analytics practice leader: we live in a world of big data, creating demand for professionals capable of capturing, analysing and utilising this data in ways that impact marketing, logistics, budgeting and much more.
Information security officer/digital risk officer: with the growth of digital technology, the number of risks increases, growing the demand for professionals who can protect us in the virtual world.
People analytics officer: an extension of the ‘big data’ specialisation, this role deals with capturing, analysing and utilising data specifically for human resources purposes.
Front end developer: as one of the world’s top 10 e-commerce markets, Australia is in need of agile and capable front-end developers, ready and willing to create and maintain exciting virtual experiences.
In case this isn’t proof enough that you should consider developing some basic ICT skills, there are a few more things you need to know. According to Australia’s Digital Pulse 2016, “The contribution of digital technologies to the Australian economy is forecast to grow from $79 billion in 2014 to $139 billion in 2020. This represents growth of over 75% and an increase in the digital economy from 5% to 7% of Australia’s GDP.”
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