Information technology is a big part of our lives. We use technologies such as computers, smartphones and tablets every day. More importantly, information and communications technologies are central to the operation of organisations in many different industries. This means that graduates of computing and information technology programs are very valuable and can take many different career paths.
What is Information Technology?
Information Technology can be defined as the use of computing to develop, manage, transform, share and store information in different forms, including software, hardware, networks, system integration and multimedia. Broadly, information technology can be divided into four central pathways: network systems, information support and services, programming and software development, and Web and digital communication. Down each career avenue exists myriad occupational opportunities, ranging from database administrator to computer systems engineer, digital media specialist to systems analyst.
Studying Information Technology
Australian Computer Society(ACS) is the professional association and peak body representing Australia’s ICT sector which sets the standard of education for ICT and responsible for accreditation.
1. Information Technology (General)
-Diploma of Information Technology
- Bachelor of Networking
- Master of Network
3. Information Support & services
- Bachelor of Business Information Systems
- Master of Business in Information Technology
4. Programming and software development
- Bachelor of Computer Science in Games Technology
- Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science and Software Development)
- Master of Information Technology - (Software Development, Mobile Application Development and Networks and Information Security)
5. Web and digital communication
- Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunication & Network Engineering)
- Master of Information and Communication Technology
Eligibility Criteria for Information Technology Program
1. Diploma program/Bachelor program
Prerequisites: As a minimum, applicants should have successfully completed an Australian year 12 or equivalent.
English language requirements
-IELTS (Academic): Overall score 6.0 (no band less than 6.0)
-TOEFL: Overall Score 60-78 with minimum scores: Reading 12, Listening 11, Speaking 17, Writing 20
-PTE(A): Overall score 50 with (no score less than 46)
2. Master program
Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in same discipline
English language requirement
-IELTS: overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
-TOEFL(internet-based): minimum score of 79 with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20
-PTE(A): 58 (no communicative skills less than 50)
As computers and technology become more vital to our everyday lives, the ICT industry is in need of more people to help support the growing use of such technology. Computer network professionals are the top expected growing professionals needed nationwide, with a 20.5% increase. There are about 85,600 software and applications programmers employed in Australia and by 2020. There is believed to be a strong growth of 12.8% by the end of 2018, as estimated by The Department of Employment. The courses and employment opportunities available will depend on the level of qualification you complete. Pay by experience has a positive trend with an entry-level pay at about $53,000 annually.