Why study Information Technology in Australia?
Information Technology (IT) is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. It’s an incredibly diverse, fast-paced industry, which is constantly changing and evolving.
One of the top reasons to study information technology is the increase in job opportunities, with the Australian Department of Employment predicting that the demand for IT professionals will increase by 12.8% in 2018.
The largest growth can be seen in Australia’s state capital cities, such as Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Melbourne is Australia's technology hub and home to more than half of the country’s top 20 tech companies, while the state of Victoria has over 8,000 IT businesses based there, including IBM, Microsoft and Intel.
As for Sydney, salaries for IT professionals are among the highest in the country, and with 65% of Australia’s tech start-ups based in New South Wales, there are plenty of opportunities available for graduates. Brisbane also has a booming tech start-up scene and is fast becoming a competitive player in the global digital economy.
Not only do these cities offer great employment opportunities, they are among the best cities in the world for students. Melbourne is ranked the fifth best student city in the world (QS World University Rankings 2017), closely followed by Sydney in 13th place.
Benefits of studying Information Technology at Charles Sturt University
While a globally recognised qualification is a great way to kick-start your career, a degree in IT isn’t always enough. Employers need technology experts that can help their business stay one step ahead. They are looking for candidates with:
- hands-on experience
- strong communication skills
- technical skills
- an understanding of the latest software
- a proven ability to learn new technologies.
Charles Sturt University (CSU) Study Centres can help you achieve these goals, and more. Our School of Computing and Mathematics is ranked third in Australia and we are the number one choice for postgraduates, who enjoy a 95% employment rate within four months of graduating.
Based in the central business districts of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane our degrees and diplomas are designed in collaboration with industry professionals to ensure their relevance. Studying our Masters in IT will provide hands-on experience with the latest software and hardware, and every year we introduce new specialisations aligned with the latest technologies, including Mobile Programming, Cloud Computing and Network Security.
The mobile app development industry accounts for nearly 10% of all IT jobs in Australia and a recent report predicts up to 50,000 new job openings for software and apps programmers over the next five years.
Cloud Computing is one of the fastest growing areas within IT, and the recent migration of local IT infrastructure into the Cloud has resulted in a shortage of IT Cloud Systems Administrators, Architects and Engineers.
There is also a shortage of cyber security experts, as Cloud-based technology has left businesses vulnerable to data breaches. According to the 2017 Telstra Cyber Security Report, cyber attacks almost doubled last year, with 57% of businesses affected by at least one security incident a month. As a result, government departments and local businesses are competing for talent, and software engineers who specialise in cyber security can command a six-figure salary.