Emerging IT Careers in Australia
As advancements in computing technologies occur, new careers in information technology will continue to emerge, creating opportunities for exciting career paths.
Whether you just graduated or thinking of changing careers, understanding the demand and trends for industries and roles can increase your chances of building a sustainable and successful career. Additionally, it can guide you in acquiring the relevant knowledge, training, and skillset to leverage opportunities, especially during uncertain times, as we have been experiencing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Below, we have selected some of the IT careers that are currently in demand in Australia so that you can future proof your career.
As more businesses move to cloud-based operations, the need to protect data becomes ever more significant. In recent years, the number of cyber-attacks and cyber-crimes has increased, and projections show the cost to businesses will be over $6 trillion. In addition to the financial cost, cyber-attacks can hurt a business’s credibility.
With the increased need for businesses to protect themselves from cyber-crimes, in Australia, there will be over 17,000 more jobs in the cyber-security field by 2026.
Web development is the most creative field making up the broader IT industry. It has steadily grown in Australia and remains a fast-growing field. Numerous opportunities are open to web developers, from developing websites for businesses to gaming and over time, they can lead you to other careers within the tech industry.
Not only are the numerous opportunities of focus for web developers but also flexibility in the industry. Several freelancer websites have numerous web development roles. If you wish to run your own business, this can be a fantastic place to start.
Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to expand rapidly and disrupt many industries at a much higher pace. AI is not only changing how businesses operate but also how we live our day to day lives. For example, Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, Tesla and even Netflix use artificial intelligence to make life easier for their customers.
Numerous industries are using artificial intelligence, including:
- Business and Finance
- Retail and E-Commerce
- Logistics and Transport
As a result of businesses using artificial intelligence, The World Economic Forum estimates approximately 97 million new jobs will be created globally by 2025.
Whether directly or indirectly, everyone relies on software from transport to shopping. As the business environment becomes more competitive, the need to improve customer experiences is more significant.
Software and app development is a broad industry with uses across a variety of fields. To name a few, software is needed for data analytics, artificial intelligence, robotics, web development, cloud storage, and more.
With the staggering usage of smartphones, consumers spend more time on apps compared to a website. As a result, the need for businesses to develop apps is of increased importance.
The Australian Government projects approximately 50,000 new jobs in software and app development by 2025 as the industry grows, with 38% of total jobs found in Sydney.
As businesses move from traditional data storage methods to cloud-based storage solutions, the need for cloud engineers is high. As a result, cloud engineers will remain among the most in-demand jobs in Australia.
As felt by the COVID-19 pandemic, for businesses to remain operational, the need for cloud-based solutions is of growing importance.
Cloud engineers can find themselves developing and managing business infrastructure, and planning and designing new cloud-based systems for businesses.
Starting your career in IT as a cloud engineer can lead you to other areas, from software engineers, data engineers, data scientists, systems administrators, and development.
A data engineer is one of the most technical roles in IT.
Data engineers are responsible for finding trends in data sets and developing algorithms to make accessing raw data easier. Engineers often work alongside data scientists to ensure accurate workflow.
Knowledge of programming languages is essential to become a data engineer. As a result, Glassdoor reports experienced data scientists have one of the highest average salaries in the IT industry at $110,000, while entry-level salaries are around $70,000.
A robotic engineer not only builds robots but also designs the software used by the robots. A robotic engineer role is one of the most diverse roles in IT, with duties including:
- Design robotic systems
- Development of software
- Create prototypes
- Analyse robotic systems
Typically, robotics engineers work in the mining, manufacturing, automotive and healthcare industries. However, as advancements in robotics technologies occur, other industries will need to incorporate robotics into their operations.
IT Project Management
As the need for businesses to improve technology, the demand for project managers will grow.
While the role of an IT project manager covers many of the duties as that of a traditional project manager, the main difference is that an IT project manager requires an in-depth understanding of the IT industry. The role of an IT Project Manager may include overseeing projects in:
- Software development
- Hardware Installations
- Network Upgrades
- Cloud Computing
- Business analytics and data management
A career in IT no longer needs to focus on computing solely. The IT industry is constantly evolving with new careers continually emerging.
To prepare for the new careers emerging in the IT industry, SISTC offers a Bachelor of Information Technology with the option of majoring in two fields: Digital Enterprise (DEN) and Business Information Systems (BIS). Along with these courses, in your final year at SISTC, you will have access to an industry placement where you will have the ability to take what you have learnt in the classroom and strengthened in the workplace.
To find out more about the courses offered at SISTC, visit our course information page.