Tertiary education – Why Information Technology is the ‘IT’ industry in 2017

March 1, 2017

Tertiary education – Why Information Technology is the ‘IT’ industry in 2017

Information technology is the new black. As the IT industry continues to grow, so too does the demand for capable and confident professionals. This equates to one thing – career opportunities. From coding to connecting, people with skills in the information technology industry are in high demand.

Cast aside the ‘nerdy IT’ stereotypes and start thinking about just how much technology is influencing our lives every day. We wake up to it, we work with it, we exercise with it, and we make purchases with it. Entertainment, travel, social connection, business, news, finance, shopping – the list goes on. There’s now a world of fun, creativity and innovation all at your fingertips, regardless of your age and background.

Perhaps most importantly, technology is not only opening up opportunities for us to try new things, but it’s also redefining the skills expected of us in both our social and professional pursuits. Consequently, education and training in the technology space has never been more important.

This is a notion supported by TAFE Queensland East Coast after enrolments into IT and multimedia courses in 2017 have increased by 21 per cent from last year, seeing over 500 students learning the professional skills required to make ‘IT’ in this growth industry.

Technology isn’t only about coming up with fresh new ideas, it also involves figuring out how to make those ideas work.”

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 cent per year through to 2020. Current figures tell us that we need another 100,000 IT professionals in the Australian job market in the next few years to meet our technological needs in areas including data specialisation, privacy and security and online marketing.

The bulk of this demand is focused on people with up-to-date qualifications and the flexibility to apply their skills in diverse technology-focused roles including: digital marketing officers; analytics practice leaders; information security officer/digital risk officers; people analytics officers; and front end developers.

According to Australia’s Digital Pulse 2016 report, “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 per cent and an increase in the digital economy from five per cent to seven per cent of Australia’s GDP.”

There are few industries that shift the way the world lives and functions, the way that technology does. It aims to make everything easier, faster, and better.

There’s never been a better time to plug in and boot up a career in IT. With hands-on technical training, today’s graduates will be successfully driving our future economy for years to come.

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