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Whether you love jobs that are creative, analytic, cutting edge or
challenging: your IT career can be anything you want! All you need is
a passion for technology, skills and a curious mind.
IT systems support the infrastructure of virtually every industry in
the world (not to mention that IT is a sector in its own right!). So
there are virtually endless opportunities out there if you are
thinking about a career in information technology.
Speaking about IT careers, TAFE NSW St Leonards Head Teacher of
Information Technology, Sein-wai Chew said, "The IT world is so
broad. It is very dynamic; it has a wide range of jobs from the
creative to the technical and everything in-between. It can make you a
lot of money, or you can just have a regular, stable salary. And there
are lots of jobs. All businesses require IT. New jobs are being
invented all the time, especially in the new frontiers of gaming,
FinTech, and start-ups. It is a wonderful, creative, lucrative,
financially viable area to be in".
Interested? Below you will find a snapshot into the types of IT
careers that are out there, and who may be suited to them.
Blending art, design and IT, 3D animators use software to create
animations, digital effects and images for use in computer games and
programs, as well as in film and TV, advertising, and virtual reality.
Would suit: creative artists and model makers who
have strong IT skills.
Games designers come up with the ideas for computer games, including
the story, settings and characters. The games are then designed around
this formative idea. Games designers know how to structure the
development of the game, and how to design it so that it is efficient,
gripping and well-paced. They then work with games programmers to
plan, develop and launch the game.
Would suit: a creative storyteller who really loves
games. They must also have strong project management skills, a serious
eye for detail, a high threshold for stress, impressive technical
abilities and be able to work in a team.
Games programmers code the game (which was created by a games
designer) to make it a reality. They also work with games artists to
import assets into the code to flesh it out. Finally, they map the
terrain of a game environment, implement artificial intelligence for
characters, and connect player input through the game controller into
the game action.
Would suit: a logical, rational and creative
Helpdesk is an entry level IT position. Helpdesk officers speak to
clients who are having problems with their computers or IT systems.
They tease out exactly what the problem is and then input the problem
into their system. They can then either solve the problem based on
their own experience and knowledge, pass the problem onto a technical
support officer to solve, or refer to a database of common problems
and walk the client step by step through the solution based on
instructions held in the database.
Would suit: a friendly people-person, who has a
logical mind, is customer-oriented, calm and methodical.
Technical support officers are well trained and use their knowledge,
skills and experience to solve computer and system problems
experienced by people in the organisation they work for, or for
clients of software companies.
Would suit: a logical, methodical, analytical person,
who is a thorough meticulous problem solver.
Web developers build the back end of websites and applications for
companies, government agencies or individuals. This back end
development includes programming and database creation.
Would suit: a technically minded person who has a
high attention to detail. They must also be customer focused, flexible
and be able to work independently.
Web designers look after the front end of website design. This
includes the style, layout, graphics, and some coding of websites for
companies, government agencies or individuals.
Would suit: a technically minded person with creative
flair. They must also have a high attention to detail, be customer
focused, flexible and be able to work independently.
Database administrators oversee databases to ensure that they are
updated, current and well maintained. They also ensure that if the
database is getting to big to function properly, or if user needs are
not being met, that management is aware of the problem.
Would suit: a logical, methodical, analytical person,
who is a thorough and meticulous problem solver.
One of the highest positions in the IT world, a network architect
typically works with a business or an organisation to design platforms
of IT delivery/solutions (like LANs, WANs, and company intranets).
They decide what operating systems to use, what back-up and security
to implement, and what training is needed. They also keep track of all
the changes in the industry so they can implement the most optimised
tools to run businesses. Finally, network architects need to have an
exhaustive knowledge of hardware, software and trends.
Would suit: a strategic thinker who is able to take
in a lot of complex information and come up with solutions, and who
has great written and oral communication skills.
IT engineers work closely with network architects to design and
implement IT solutions. They design computer capacity, databases and
the security to keep the data and network safe.
Would suit: a very analytical person who not only
loves highly technical IT problems, but is very good at them. They
must also be able to communicate well with network architects.
Network administrators see to the day-to-day running of the network.
They create IDs and logins for new users coming into the system and
they administer the devices attached to the network (printers,
scanners, servers, modems). Overall, they make sure that the system
runs well without any problems or clogs.
Would suit: a methodical, problem fixer who is user focused.
Software developers primarily understand what users really need and
represent these needs in the applications and software that they
develop. Using their strong technical skills they then program code to
create their software, and follow this with a thorough testing period
where they fix any and all potential bugs in the system.
Would suit: a person with strong technical skills,
and a good understanding of trends and user needs.
Quality assurance analysists test software both functionally and
technically. They make sure that the software is up to scratch in
terms of meeting the needs of the user. They also measure software in
devices and platforms).
Would suit: a person who is analytical, thorough,
insightful, and follows instruction well. They also have a high level
of knowledge about industry trends.
The job of a security expert is to make sure that data and networks
are safe from viruses, hackers, and disasters (flood, fire, hurricane,
etcetera). Security experts design the strategy to back-up data,
including how often to back up, and where back up is done (onsite or
offsite). They also protect networks from attacks by identifying
threats, implementing the best type of protection software and solving
Would suit: a strategic and analytical thinker who is
calm and collected under pressure.
Programmers write code to develop, maintain, debug and test computer
programs. Typically, they will use C++ and Java to code.
Would suit: a logical, methodical, meticulous and
A systems manager oversees the use of IT systems (which includes the
people using the system and the devices connected to the system).
Systems managers also make decisions on what to install, as well as
maintenance and upgrades. They also serve as a conduit between
management and IT departments within organisations.
Would suit: a level-headed, patient, methodical,
people-person who understands process and has great oral and written
Systems analysts look at how to optimise IT systems. They look at
what problems, challenges and issues the system faces and then they
work to anticipate and overcome them.
Would suit: a strategic thinker who is analytical and
has good oral and written communication skills.
Digital media specialists are skilled practitioners in a wide range
of media creation including, video, sound, animation, web and visual
design, and asset creation (particularly for social media).
Would suit: a creative and entrepreneurial person who
is skilled in a number of areas (digital, journalism, photography etcetera).
So there you have it, a snapshot of the careers that you could enter
in the IT industry. And there are more careers being created every
day. The IT industry is always changing and growing, so there's always
opportunity. Why not get in now, and in just a few years you could be
the next mover and shaker in your area of expertise!
If you're interested in learning more about the qualifications that
you need to work in IT, check out TAFE
NSW course selection.