Stepping into the workforce? As with many job-seekers, a high salary potential, blooming industry growth, and flexible opportunities are likely among your top priorities. In the world of tech, you’ll experience all these and more.
As one of Australia’s most in-demand industries, the ICT field offers endless prospects for those with the right skills and passion for all things technology. With plenty of variety; exciting and ever-growing sectors; and a widening skills gap leading to high employment demands, there’s no better time than now to pursue an ICT career.
We explore the opportunities of this industry below, along with AIICT’s new certificate course, and the benefits of such training.
Why a career in IT?
Despite industry disruptions from COVID-19, Australia’s IT field currently faces a bright future. Employment rates have skyrocketed in 2020, adding approximately 33,400 workers to the sector and reaching a new peak of 805,525 employees. This is expected to further rise to over 1.1 million technology workers in the country by 2026.
These rates have been attributed to the sudden growth in demand for digital services and infrastructure. With more professionals now working-from-home (a group likely to expand as businesses continue post-pandemic), there’s been a greater – and growing – need for skills in cloud computing, cybersecurity, and general online business management.
Due to this rising demand for talent, new industry entrants are likely to find plenty of high salary potential. According to Talent.com, the average annual IT salary is currently $100,000 AUD in Australia, or $51.28 AUD an hour. Entry-level workers are likely to start at a generous average of $75,101 AUD per year, with the opportunity to earn more as their experience grows. Couple this with the wide variety of sectors available: from niche, rising areas in AI and cloud computing to large industries in software and web development.
As such, the world of tech has plenty of career opportunity to offer – with many likely to find a role suited to their varying skillsets or interests.
For those just starting out, however, it can help to explore the basics of this field through a certificate course.
AIICT has now launched its ICT30120 – Certificate III in Information Technology, a program aimed to train students in the fundamentals of ICT and its practices. Those who undertake the course will learn the basics of networking, including systems administration, administering network operating systems, and even introductory programming skills. Students will also build their knowledge of privacy policies and ethics in an ICT workplace, along with skills in supporting IT clients – such as providing them tech advice and installing and maintaining operating system software. Finally, the program will explore the fundamentals of cyber security and web development, helping students identify and manage common digital threats; construct simple web pages; and further develop their creative and critical thinking skills.
Each of these modules are sectioned into three streams of learning and are individually comprised of specific units focusing on a certain skillset. The course will take 12 months to complete and is delivered completely online, offering students the benefit of studying from the comfort of their own home. This also offers current professionals the advantage of training around their existing work commitments, allowing them flexibly tailor their studies to their weekly schedule.
What job roles might this course lead to?
Upon completing the program, students may be able to pursue entry-level IT roles including:
- ICT Technician: Those in this role are responsible for maintaining their client’s IT networks and ensuring system performance is optimised. They often monitor these networks and their connected devices, identifying and managing existing or potential threats as necessary. When needed, they may also install new software, hardware, or upgrade existing applications as required. According to Glassdoor, these professionals earn an average of $62,500 AUD per year.
- Help Desk Support Specialist: Technology users turn to help desk support specialists for their expertise in managing, repairing, or resolving issues related to hardware, software, and general computer systems. These professionals are responsible for answering customer or client queries in timely manner, typically through online live chats or over the phone. According to Payscale, the average help desk specialist earns about $45,427 AUD per year.
- Network Support Officer: Those in this role actively monitor the performance of a company’s IT networks, ensuring all systems are optimised and potential threats are handled as necessary. They may also be responsible for installing and configuring switches, routers, and network hardware or software. Those with this skill can earn an average of $66,000 AUD, according to Payscale.
How do I enrol in this course?
Those interested in this course may enrol whenever they wish by getting in touch with a course advisor. You may request a callback from one of AIICT’s advisors by filling out the online form provided on the course page.
Once completed, the course advisor will guide you through the Student Enrolment process, in which you’ll be required to submit the necessary documentation. You’ll then be invited to attend our online orientation and induction session, after which you may then commence your studies.
The course costs a total of $3,900 AUD, though students have two payment options: pay the fee upfront and receive a discount of 10% (saving you $390); or pay in 12 monthly instalments of $325.
The benefits of getting IT-certified with AIICT
Further training has been well-renowned for its ability to offer quick boosts in skill, improve employee retention, expand one’s business network, and strengthen one’s credibility in the job market.
Even among professionals who aren’t necessarily seeking an IT-based career, further training in the area can help keep your skillset competitive, regardless of industry. With increasing adoption of automation technologies set to affect 25-46% of Australia’s current workforce, having up-to-date skills in the digital realm can do wonders in future-proofing your career.
Additionally, AIICT’s IT programs focus on the practical knowledge and skills you need to boost your employability on the market. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in our Industry Partner Program, in which our experts will help connect you with prospective employers in your field. This will include professional coaching, mentoring, access to available job positions, and assistance with your LinkedIn profile.
Step foot in the world of IT today!
Whether you’re on the hunt for a specific tech role, or simply looking to boost your digital skills – online courses are an ideal pathway to achieving your career goals. With their online delivery, AIICT’s courses offer the flexibility of working at a time, place, and pace that best suits you.
Alongside our newly-launched certificate program, we also offer other courses across a variety of ICT areas and skills levels. Give yourself a quick skills bump through one of our boot camp programs, or indulge in your chosen specialty through a diploma course. Whatever your IT goals may be, our training options have you covered.
Kickstart your journey in tech today, and enquire with us on a course.