Information technology

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

Information 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 will go a long wayis a must, if this is where you see yourselfthe career for you. 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 PC’s.
  • While it took the radio 38 years, and the television a short 13 years, it took the World Wide Web only 4 years to reach 50 million users.

Fun Fact

HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple have one thing in common. They were all started in garages.