How to become a Programmer (Information Technology)

Programmers (IT) write, test and maintain computer programmes to ensure that the computer application meets the needs of the users of the computer system.

Personal requirements of a Programmer (Information Technology)

  • Aptitude for technical activities
  • Logical approach to the solution of problems
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Good communication skills
  • Willing to update knowledge as technology changes

Education & Training for a Programmer (Information Technology)

To become a programmer you usually have to complete a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a programmer by studying information technology or computer science at university with a major in programming, software development or games development. To get into these courses, you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

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Avg. weekly wage:

$2,160

Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 5%

NSW 42.2%

NT 0.4%

QLD 11.6%

SA 3.1%

TAS 0.8%

VIC 32.4%

WA 4.5%

Hours worked:

41.2

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 77.3%

Proportion of female workers 22.7%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 1.3%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 11.9%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 11.1%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 18.1%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 32.5%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 25.2%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 20.1%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 79.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Membership of the Australian Computer Society is available to those who hold or are working towards suitable qualifications. There is a range of membership types available, allowing progression through the various levels as a member's career develops.
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