ICT: Why Information Technology Is The ‘IT’ Industry

Whether you want to be a coder or an educator, there's never been a better time to kit yourself out with ICT skils.

21 Nov 2016

Information Technology is the new black, according to the statistics that is. 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 equates to one thing – career opportunities.

The What and Why of ICT Jobs Growth

Diversity of ICT jobs
ICT is booming, creating a flood of industry shifts.

Put all the stereotypes about the space out of your mind, and think about how much technology is influencing our lives. A world of fun, creativity, and innovation ready and waiting for you, whatever your background.

Consider this…

According to data released by Deloitte and the Australian Computer Society, employment in this space 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 flexibility to apply their skills in diverse areas outside of pure ICT (e.g. advertising or accounting).

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia report titled Australia’s Future Workforce tells us that information technology has redefined the skills expected of us. This trend takes on a whole new dimension when you consider the constant evolution of the technology used and the coding behind it.

Current figures tell us that we need another 100,000 ICT professionals in the Australian job market in the next few years to meet our needs.

What Are The Roles Coming Through?

According to Paxus, leaders in information technology recruitment, 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.

Confirming all this is a report from Business Insider that predicts high demand for technology-focused roles such as:

ICT changing multiple fields
From HR to Marketing and Medicine, ICT is leading the way.

Digital Marketing Officer: as the shift into digital marketing (Facebook, Snapchat, HTML5) continues, the need for marketers with a strong info tech background is only 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: naturally, with the growth of digital technology, the number of risks increases, thusly growing the demand for professionals who can protect us against the worst from 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 forever 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 maybe consider learning ICT skills for the sake of your career, we have a few more statistics for you. 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.”

Plug in and boot up your career with some ICT training and you might soon find yourself driving our economy for years to come.

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