With an annual growth rate that has surpassed that of the US, UK, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, and spending projected to reach US$66 billion by the current year, Australia’s IT industry is on the rise.
What’s more, the country is at the forefront of innovation in the sector, and host to R&D facilities for some of the biggest names in the international ICT industry, including Canon, SAP and Citrix.
Throw Australia’s own CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) into the mix, and it’s no wonder their ICT industry has produced such groundbreaking technological advancements. Their list of contributions includes the 802.11 technology behind Wi-Fi, EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer Point of Sale) and a little known application called Google Maps.
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Careers in IT
The development of the National Broadband Network (NBN) serves to illustrate Australia’s continued investment in ICT. A wholesale-only, open-access data network utilizing fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology, the NBN will deliver high-speed internet access to an estimated 93% of Australian premises by 2021.
It’s a good time to be involved in Australia’s ICT industry. Here are just a few of the options available to those interested in pursuing a career in IT
Few technologies have had as much impact on the industry as cloud computing. By enabling businesses to access hardware and software services remotely via internet connection, the cloud has provided them with a whole new range of options when it comes to data storage and ICT infrastructure.
Contrary to what the inclusion of the word ‘architect’ in the title implies, the job of the Cloud Architect is not to design a cloud computing environment, but rather to optimize an already existent cloud network so it can better fulfill the needs of an organization. Cloud architects require specialized cloud-related training in addition to general IT training
Their knowledge will enable them to play a key role in the implementation of one of the most revolutionary technologies to hit the industry in years. With so many organizations migrating to the cloud, there will be no shortage of demand for the services of Cloud Architects. According to Forbes, 7 million cloud-related jobs will become available worldwide by 2015.
IT consultants help organizations harness the power of ICT by advising them on strategy and assisting in the planning and implementation of ICT infrastructure. Their tasks may include evaluating an organization’s hardware, software and network requirements, managing its resources and helping the staff familiarize themselves with the new technologies.
They need good communication and organizational skills as well as extensive knowledge of ICT technologies, as they’ll be required to form a relationship with clients and develop a strong understanding of their business needs.
Mobile App Developer:
An estimated 102 billion apps will be downloaded in 2013, and though 91% of them will be free, they will still generate $26 billion worth of revenue, a 44.4% increase on 2012’s $18 billion.
It’s no wonder so many companies want a piece of the app pie. And since mobile devices are a relatively new platform, the skills required to develop for them are not so widespread.
As such, mobile app developers are in high demand. But it takes more than programming skills to succeed. Developers need to understand the unique requirements of the mobile platform, where the simplicity and useability of an app is more important than the number of features it offers.
Education in IT
The classic combination of A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications provide a solid foundation for a career in Information Technology. The A+ focuses on hardware and operating systems while the N+ and Security+ deal with networking technologies.
Other options include training in a programming language such as C++ or Java , paving the way for a career in programming which in turns grants access to a number of IT-related industries.