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Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

What is Information and Communications Technology?

As a graduate in Information Technology what will the future hold for you? You may use state of the art software to produce animation for the movie industry, or design the first keyboard free computer or an 'expert' system that can diagnose the earliest stages of disease. You may help develop a computer chip for human implantation or design a probe to travel through a black hole in space. The industry is so fast paced that it's possible, even likely that you'll be working with technology that simply doesn't exist yet.

Where do ICT graduates work?

IT graduates work in a wide range of fields which include:

  • Banking and finance
  • Insurance
  • Defence
  • Manufacturing
  • The petroleum industry
  • Telecommunications
  • The dairy industry
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Energy
  • Medical research
  • Market research
  • Forestry

IT companies, business consultancies, central government, city councils are among employers of new graduates.

Some ICT roles

  • Computer Scientist
  • Applications Programmer
  • Systems Programmer
  • Multimedia Programmer
  • Analyst/Programmer
  • Test Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Integrator
  • IT Consultant
  • Database Administrator
  • Computer Sales Support
  • Software Engineer
  • Computer Support Technician
  • Internet or Web Developer
  • Web Master
  • Software Developer
  • IT Entrepreneur

What Skills are Employers Looking for?

  • Technical skills
  • Learning agility
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills
  • Analysis
  • Problem solving
  • A 'can do' attitude
  • Commercial awareness

Further information about ICT can be found in the Information and Communications Technology Career View (1.42MB PDF).