Possible careers within this industry:
Software testing – Database design – Systems development – Project management – Business analysis – System administration – Java development – Sales and marketing – Web design and development
nformation technology is an enabler that is required for the effective functioning of all areas of society – economic, social and technological. It’s a key factor that’s essential for the sustainability of economies all over the world. A love of technology and the ability to keep up with the rapid pace of change in this industry is a must, if this is where you see a career for yourself. What’s more, a career in IT provides you with a huge range of options. Because there is not a single industry that doesn’t make use of some sort of IT system, your choice of industries to work in is as large as the economy itself. South Africa has a shortage of qualified IT graduates, which will make you highly sought after in this industry when you qualify.
What to study
A tertiary qualification will greatly increase your options in this sector. At the very least, most employers will expect you to have a national diploma. Many IT graduates have either a B.Sc. in Information Science, a B.Com. or similar qualification. In addition, the Microsoft-certified MCP and MCSE qualifications are highly regarded, while Linux qualifications are a definite advantage.
Did you know?
South Africa’s IT industry could be worth R250 billion by 2020.
The first electronic computers were developed in the mid 1940s and were each the size of a small room, using as much power as a few hundred modern PCs.
While it took the radio 38 years to reach 50 million users, it took the television only 13 years, and the internet a mere four years.
HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple have one thing in common. They were all started in garages.