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Your IT Degree of Change
"TAFE was the logical choice for me. I craved that hands-on experience and it was also a more affordable way to study."
By combining real-world training and higher education, Jake has found a pathway to success.
Jake knew he had a passion for computers, so his choice was where to study. He completed a Certificate III to an Advanced Diploma in IT Networking.
As part of TAFE NSW's unique IT Pathways Program with Charles Sturt University, Jake will graduate with a Bachelor of IT Networking. The fully integrated program is so respected in the industry, many receive job offers while still studying.
"We're putting the designs into practice – we build the hardware, rather than just focus on how you build it. A lot of people learn better that way. I certainly did."
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Information technology (IT) is a part of the broader Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. It encompasses anything that is involved with computers, including storing, retrieving, sending and manipulating data and information and their installation, operation, repair and maintenance.
IT covers support, cyber security, digital media, software development and programming, web and database design, networking, business analysis, cloud computing, telecommunications, and management.
There are many types of information technology careers and opportunities available in Australia and internationally; with the ICT sector forecast to add over 67,800 jobs in Australia from 2018 to 2023.1 By studying IT, you’ll gain transferrable and diverse skills, increase your earning potential, keep up with emerging technologies and be in-demand.
1 PwC 2019, Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work: Information and Communications Technology, May 2019, p.2, link
From short courses in Cyber Security and programming Python, to the Bachelor of Information Technology (Data Engineering) or Network Security, TAFE NSW has information technology courses available at all study levels.
Choose from these study areas, and be ready to launch your career in IT or upskill and become increasingly agile in this evolving sector:
- Database design and infrastructure
- General IT support and digital media
- IT project management
- IT security
- Software development and programming
- Network engineering and web development
- Cyber Security
In the Diploma of Software Development you will learn to manage the software development lifecycle, create and test software programs, use different programming languages and software including Git and GitHub, MS Project, SQL Server, Java and C#.
In our database design and infrastructure courses , you’ll learn to design a database, model data objects and processes, build using rapid application development and implement security for applications and manage ICT project quality.
According to the Hays Job Report 20202, the top five information technology skills in demand across Australia for the next six months are:
- Cloud engineers and architects
- Project managers
- Network engineers
- Security Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) specialists
- End user support professionals
Other types of information technology careers that are in-demand, include software development and design, database design and administration, cyber security analyst and web development.
IT is one of the fastest growing job sectors in Australia, and with a TAFE NSW information technology qualification, you will become an integral part of business and be in-demand in the job market.
As there are so many types of information technology careers available, it’s important to consider where you want to be in your career. Then you’ll know where you need to start.
If you are looking to gain foundational knowledge of IT a great place to start is the Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology.
Some TAFE NSW information technology courses have traineeship and apprenticeship study options so you can learn and earn at the same time.
Get in touch to decide the best starting point for your career.
We are in the age of digital transformation, with rapid progress in personal and business computing creating ongoing demand for employees with an awareness of emerging tech and with the specialist skills to maintain clients’ assets3.
In the Information and Communications Technology IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast4, the key demands impacting the ICT sector were:
- Changing technology, the increase in automation technology, the importance of cyber security, the rollout of NBN and removing legacy infrastructure and increased competition in ICT business models
3 Ibid, p. 15
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What job opportunities could an IT course lead to?
An ICT course can lead to you joining one of the most in-demand and growing sectors in the world.
Whether it’s becoming an ICT business analyst, a game designer, or a software engineer, ICT is booming worldwide - and studying an ICT degree could be your entry to this varied and lucrative field.
Start building a solid foundation in IT and choose from the information technology courses available at TAFE NSW, including:
- Digital Media and Technology
- Information Technology Support
- Information Technology Networking
- Business Administration
- Software Development
- Digital and Interactive Games.
Qualifications in information technology can lead to various career opportunities such as:
- IT Manager
- IT Security
- IT Strategy
- Software Development
- Software Engineer
- Network Support Technician.
The average weekly salary for an IT manager is $2,766.
Whether you're just starting out in your information technology career, want to gain more qualifications,add to your previous experience or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offer a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.