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#IWannaBe – A Software and Applications Programmer

In today’s fast-changing world, technology is advancing at lightning speed and becoming more and more important in our day to day life. As new technology continues to rise to serve customers, opportunities for IT professionals increases as well.

From designing to developing to testing, Programmers have a wide variety of jobs to pursue.

Industry Overview

In Australia, the Tech industry is going strong. From the rise in popularity of Blockchain to a newfound interest in Cybersecurity to the growing interest in Artificial intelligence, the industry continues to expand.  According to the Department of Jobs and Small Business, Software and Applications Programmers is part of the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services industry.  The Professional services industry is one of the top five industries in Australia.


Occupation overview

In the past few years, the number of Software and Application Programming jobs has experienced strong growth and expansion as demand grows.

There is a projected growth of 14.5% till 2022, with around 60,000 new jobs created within that time frame.


Education Pathway

Due to the high level of knowledge associated with Programming jobs, a Bachelor degree is usually the bare minimum level of education most people working in this industry have.

You can take a Bachelor up to Masters in Computer Science or Information Technology and usually pick a specialisation from there. Pursuing those courses will let you go into more specific areas within IT. These courses have intakes in mostly February, but some accept Students during their July intake as well.

Studying either a Bachelor or Master would also lead you to registration after the completion of the course.

Migration Pathway

Finishing either your Bachelors’ or Masters’ program or getting registered can earn you some of the points needed for your chosen skilled occupation. You can choose between becoming a Software and Applications Programmers, Analyst Programmer, or Developer, as these are all eligible for PR.

But your educational background may also allow you to go into becoming an ICT Security Specialist, a Software Tester, an ICT Support and Test Engineer, or even a Network Analyst.

With all these options at your fingertips, this field is ideal for anyone with a passion for technology and a willingness to grow and develop your skills.


Source:  Department of Jobs and Small Business,  JobOutlook

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