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The benefits of a Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology in Australia

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The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) course focuses on developing your ability to identify and address the needs of business, with practical and efficient ICT solutions. This bachelor’s degree is provisionally accredited at the Professional Level by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and will equip you with a well-rounded approach to the ICT industry, giving you both the hard and soft skills to compete in a growing job market. 

Let’s look closer at the stand-out skills you will master during your degree. 

  • Project Management: Train your eye to spot the need for ICT intervention while working with stakeholders to research and implement the correct solutions for the business. 
  • Software Development: Your knowledge will be put to use in the development of programs, apps and other digital tools that will influence the workflow of your organisation. 
  • Professional Communication: Your ability to communicate both simply and effectively will be sharpened, allowing you to adapt your communication style to a given audience. 
  • Understanding Technologies: Demonstrate an understanding of the intricacies, relationships and interdependence of technologies in your organisation while working on ways to keep them running optimally and in some cases, making improvements to their operations. 

Practical Learning 

Theoretical knowledge is an important part of doing your job, but practical application of what you have learnt is just as important. Swinburne Online values this and that is why we have included project-based units in our courses. 

These units allow students to work individually or in a team to generate an ICT solution that will solve one or more industry problems. Below is a closer look at what these units entail. 

ICT Project A

Students who complete this unit will be able to:

  • Justify and manage risks in the project planning and execution phases of ICT projects
  • Review literature and investigate topic areas relating to ICT
  • Apply research methods and skills to complete a research report
  • Synthesise work related to the ICT projects relevant to the student’s major
  • Communicate with teams and stakeholders using appropriate verbal, written and technological approaches
  • Investigate the importance of research and data ethics

ICT Project B 

Students who complete this unit will be able to:

  • Synthesise work related to ICT projects relevant to the student’s major
  • Communicate with teams and stakeholders using appropriate verbal, written and technological approaches
  • Adapt how to manage change in project management
  • Pitch ideas about ICT projects relevant to the student’s major
  • Apply social and economic sustainability to ICT projects
  • Review and create handover strategies for ICT projects relevant to the student’s major

Industry Projection 

Australia’s software development industry has seen steady growth in recent years. Our strong economy and stable political environment ensure a growing software market. The country consistently produces a highly skilled workforce, which has attracted many software companies to establish their presence in Australia. Along with this, the Australian government has put some of their weight behind the industry by providing funding and incentives for research and development. 

Some of the contributing factors to this growing industry include: 

  1. Customer preferences: Australian consumers historically prefer software products that are user-friendly, efficient and provide a high level of security. This has invariably led to a higher demand for cloud-based software solutions. This has opened the door for companies such as WiseTech Global, AWS, A1 Technologies and others to stamp their mark on the industry. 
  2. Local special circumstances: Australia, comparatively, has a smaller population than other developed countries. This has led to a higher concentration in the software market and created niche markets for specific customer segments. A further consideration is the country’s Geographic isolation, prompting further reliance on technology for communication and collaboration. 
  3. Macroeconomics: Our country’s favourable business environment has invited global leaders in software development to invest locally. This means a growing local market driven by global influence. 

Is There a Demand for Software Developers? 

The demand for Software Developers and Software Engineers is expected to have significant growth over the next few years. According to Deloitte Access Economics’ 2020 prediction, Australia will have more than one million tech professionals by 2027, up from 772,175 in 2019.

It was recently stated that software developers will be in great demand in the next few years, as businesses continue to rely on developers to provide a wide range of goods, solutions, and services. 

According to Seek, there are 2123 ICT-related jobs in Australia with a +27% growth projection in the next 5 years. This is a highly favourable statistic, indicating that the demand for graduates remains high and will continue to grow with the industry. 

What are the Career Opportunities? 

ICT jobs are among the highest-paying, most stable, and flexible in Australia. Our alumni work in a variety of rewarding positions and industries in technology. Below are some of the career paths you could take after graduation. 

  • Business Analyst 
  • Systems Implementation Manager 
  • Information Security Specialist 
  • Cybersecurity Lead 
  • Web Application Developer 
  • Mobile Application Developer 
  • Software Developer 
  • Systems Architect 
  • Data Warehouse Architect 
  • Data Scientist

The main industries for ICT professionals include: 

  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Financial and Insurance Services
  • Information Media and Telecommunications
  • Manufacturing
  • Other Industries

Australian Tech Hubs 

You’ve now graduated and are ready to join the workforce, but you want to ply your trade in a project from its inception. The answer to this is a tech hub. Tech Hubs are spaces or regions where a high density of startups cluster together, creating an economic infrastructure for the community. 

Australia is home to several thriving tech hubs, serving as the beating heart of its developing technology economy. Cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth stand out as vibrant hubs of innovation. Sydney, in particular, emerges as a contender due to its dense concentration of technology enterprises, ranging from startups to worldwide heavyweights. These centres are designed to not only encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing among IT enthusiasts but also generate an environment conducive to innovation in a variety of technological fields.

If this sounds like what you’re looking for, have a look at these lesser-known tech hubs in Australia. 

Decode Your Future

Your future is coded and is waiting for you to decode it. A Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology – Software Technology is not just a degree; it’s your ticket to being part of the exciting, ever-evolving world of technology. Apply for the course today or book a call with a course consultant to start your journey in the dynamic world of ICT.