Digital Careers In Australia

Skills Abilities Knowledge


  • Where are the digital career shortages in Australia?
  • What are the advantages of a digital career?
  • Which digital careers have rapid growth?
  • See 60 digital careers titles to review.
  • See 96 information age skills which you could master.

Digital Careers Presentation

This presentation was prepared by Group X and Matthew Bulat.
The initial audience was High School students but it covers the whole ICT industry in Australia.
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Digital Career Presentation Extra Notes

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1. Digital Careers Initially created by Group X in Queensland. It built a website www.ichoosetechnology.com.au Successful in improving ICT enrolments in QLD. Federal funds given, program going national. Digital Careers is the new branding. www.ichoosetechnology.com.au
2. What is Digital Careers? Group X participates in school visits promoting ICT training and career options. It also attends local Career Expos under the banner `I Choose Technology`. www.ichoosetechnology.com.au
3. Where are the roles? ICT (Information Communication Technology) employs over 500,000 people in Australia. It is set to be a 10 times bigger industry by 2050. A Snapshot of Australia Digital Future to 2050
4. Digital Career Wheel Sixty ICT career options shown. Training can be gained by TAFE, University, vendor training and professional development. With training and experience then C level executive positions can be the goal. ACS Foundation Career Wheel
5. What roles are in demand now? ICT is the biggest category for vacancies in www.seek.com.au Some ICT careers can be location independent. www.seek.com.au
6. Salaries Salaries for a ICT university graduate are over $50,000. With training, experience and larger responsibilities the salaries can be in $100,000s. ACS 2013 ICT Statistical Compendium
7. Expected employment growth areas Many ICT career categories are in high demand. Supply is not matching demand. Help fill the career gap yourself. ACS 2013 ICT Statistical Compendium
8. Matthew Bulat -
Big Reasons to get into Technology
Matthew Bulat has many industry connections including Group X, Australian Computer Society and business groups. His website runs over 11,000 page views per month to 149 countries. There are sections on Technology Efficiency, National Broadband Network, Business Model Canvas and Career tools. http://www.matthewb.id.au
NBN Section
Career Section
Cloud Computing Section
Business Section Energy Efficiency eBook
9. Global Career Options and Customers Your ICT skills can be applied from anywhere with an Internet connection. Customers can be globally located. Globally there are 2.9 billion people connected to the Internet. Internet Live Stats
10. Make your own future Digital products can be created once and sold many times. E.g. iStockPhoto, Amazon books, iTunes, Google Play, e-Junkie, your own website. iStockPhoto
e-Junkie
11. SFIA skills SFIA http://www.sfia-online.org/ allows you to plan for your skills development from High School onwards. Work out skills required for a project, get them and have more success. Position Descriptions can be more accurately defined using SFIA skill and levels. Organisations can plan for the skills they need for next year`s strategy. Performance reviews can see what skills you have and which ones to improve. Plan your training accordingly. SFIA organisation
Quick SFIA Assessment
Detailed SFIA Assessment
Worldwide ICT skill demands
96 SFIA skills list
12. NBN Fibre Townsville Townsville is the NBN (National Broadband Network) fibre capital with 13 suburbs covered. Purple = fibre in place. Brown = fibre being laid. Green = fibre final planning phase. After 18 months from NBN suburb ready, the copper phones lines will disconnect. Have a fibre connection ordered to avoid losing your phone number. NBN provides for many more digital options. E.g. Movie download in 90 seconds, 10 sites video conferencing, fast game play, access to cloud computing at speed. You and NBN - 74 ideas eBook
What Internet speed do I need?
NBN Connection Steps with audit.
13. Business Model Canvas Business Model Canvas is a one page description on how an individual or organisation operates. It needs to be designed to be sustainable and or profitable. Where do you fit in an organisation? What are the business relationships around you? Are digital options available to improve your position? Business Model FAQ
Business Model Examples
Business Model Creator
Business Model More Info.
14. Growth / Falling Industries Which industries will grow and shrink? e-Industries will grow. Physical media and paper based information sales will fall. MOOC = Massive Open Online Courses. Try own entry level university subjects for free. Books24x7 = 40,000+ technical books available on a subscription model. Arduino Embedded Microcontrollers can be gained cheaply, programmed via USB and deployed to make smart appliances. A Snapshot of Australia Digital Future to 2050
15. Sample of ICT Careers ICT Digital Careers cover most industries. Digital Career sub selection displayed includes Practical, Social and Intellectual career choices. 60 digital careers




Activities to start your Digital Career now

Hour of Code is a free method to learn simple coding online. Find out how to code the movement of Andry Birds and Zombies. Tutorials can be completed in under 1 hour. There are 20 hours of coding tutorials. Advanced tutorial introduce smartphone programming concepts. Over 38 million tutorials have been completed since Dec 2013.
Within school work students get to work with Microsoft Word and Excel. Underneath these products is a programming language called Visual Basic for Applications you can use for free. Make Microsoft Office 'magic'.
Many programming languages can be implemented using just a text editor. HTML5, VBscript, CSS, Javascript etc. Download a language reference PDF and try some.




Digital Career Sample Selection

From ACS Foundation Career Wheel

IT Support OfficerNetwork EngineerSystems EngineerSystems Designer
IT Project ManagerProgrammerEthical HackerTelecommunications Manager
Digital Forensics InvestigatorSecurity AuditorIncident ManagerSystems Analyst
Computer ScientistIT ConsultantCheif Information OfficerCloud and Data Specialist
Simulation EngineerRelease ManagerGames DesignerGames Artist
Mobility SpecialityAnimator / IllustratorUser Design / TestingWeb Designer / Webmaster
Quantum Computing ResearcherQuality Assurance ConsultantGov't and Community ConsultantDigital Media Manager
Software DesignerDesktop PublisherCreative DirectorGraphics Designer
e-Commerce SpecialityApplications DeveloperSustainability EngineerRobotics Engineer
Technical OfficerProduct RepresentativeElectrical EngineerHardware Developer
Systems IntegratorIT Project ConsultantComputer Systems EngineerMechatronics Engineer
Project ManagerAerospace EngineerIndustrial EngineerSoftware Architect
Software DeveloperGames DeveloperProgrammerResearcher
Data AnalystBusiness AnalystProcess ManagerChange Manager
Social Technology OfficerDatabase AdministrationHelp Desk OfficerBusiness Manager
Project ManagerBusiness Systems AnalystSocial Media SpecialistIT Consultant
Account Manager




Skills Framework of the Information Age (SFIA5) 96 skills

SFIA organisation
Quick ICT Skills Assessment
Detailed ICT skill and level Assessment
Worldwide ICT skill demands

Levels: 1 follow, 2 assist, 3 apply, 4 enable, 5 advise, 6 initiate, 7 set strategy / inspire / mobilise.

Skill TitleVery Brief Skills DesciptionLevel 1-7
Corporate governance of ITPlanning, implementation, auditing, strategy development, ISO385006,7
Information managementAnalysis of information structures, support business decision making4,5,6,7
Information systems coordinationSharing services and information using common approaches6,7
Information policy formationDevelop policies, procedures, work practices, training5,6
Information securityDesign & implement security controls3,4,5,6
Information assuranceEnsure stakeholder confidence of information, storage and transmission5,6,7
Information analysisDiscover patterns in data for AI, data mining, machine learning4,5,6
Information content publishingManage data collection, assembly and publishing2,3,4,5,6
ConsultancyProvide advice, assistance, planning, delivery of info systems5,6,7
Technical specialismProvide expert advice for technology, techniques, product or applications5,6,7
ResearchAdvance knowledge using innovation, experiments, evaluation to reach goals3,4,5,6
InnovationRecognise business opportunities by providing IT, processes etc6
Business process improvementIdentify alternate approaches for business activities5,6,7
Enterprise architectureCreate methods & models for enterprise future5,6,7
Business risk managementPlan & implement organisation processes to manage risk5,6
Solution architectureDevelop frameworks for hardware software components interoperation5,6
Emerging technology monitoringIdentify new technologies and their value to an organisation5,6
Continuity managementIdentify critical business processes & risks & contingency plans4,5
Software development process improvementProvide advice for software development, management, measurement5,6,7
Network planningCreate & maintain network plans, comms, data, voice with service levels5,6
Methods & toolsEnsure appropriate planning, testing, operation, maintenance of systems adopted4,5,6
Portfolio managementEnsure IT portfolio meets business strategies continuously5,6,7
Project managementManage project for business processes & resources & skills within cost & time.4,5,6,7
Business analysisDesign, investigate, analysis, review, propose business functions and processes3,4,5,6
Business process testingPlan, design, execute process tests for usability and performance4,5,6
Change implementation planning and managementDefine processes for deployment and integrate with IT in a sensitive and compatible way5,6
Organisation design and implementationDesign organisation structure, culture, competencies, strategies for training to address strategies5,6
Benefits managementMonitor benefits from projects and try to optimise impacts for individuals and synergy of teams5,6
Business modellingProduce representations of business processes, data, organisation and time2,3,4,5,6
Stakeholder relationship managementCoordinate stakeholder using design, management and implementation phases5,6
Systems development managementManage resources to plan, perform programmes to time, budget and quality5,6,7
Data analysisInvestigate, evaluate, classify information structures for real world development and linking2,3,4,5
Requirements definition and managementDefine and manage business goals and initiatives2,3,4,5,6
Systems designDesign information systems to meeting business needs while maintaining enterprise architecture compatibility2,3,4,5,6
Network designProduce network designs, strategies & documentation for voice, data, mobile, Internet, Intranet systems.5,6
Database/repository designSpecify, design and maintain systems for storage of structured and unstructured business information2,3,4,5,6
Programming/software developmentDesign, create, test, & document new and amended programs to agreed standards2,3,4,5
Safety engineeringApply methods to manage risks through system development during whole lifecycle including maintenance and re-use3,4,5,6
Information content authoringPlan, design, create, manage text and graphical information in electronic formats2,3,4,5,6
TestingTesting of design, management, execution adhere to performance required using tools, test cases, scripts & report2,3,4,5,6
Systems ergonomicsReview human, machine, organisation elements for optimisation including testing and feedback3,4,5,6
Usability requirements analysisEstablish, clarify, communicate requirements for usability in terms of users and their tasks. e.g. screen layout, response times, capacity3,4,5
Usability evaluationAssessment of usability of new & existing products or services with trails, reviews, surveys & analysis2,3,4,5
Human factors integrationAchieve optimum levels of product & service usability including user experience5,6,7
Systems integrationLogical integration of components & systems & interfaces to create operational services2,3,4,5,6
Porting/software integrationIntegrate software products to produce new platform-specific versions3,4,5,6
Systems installation/decommissioningInstallation, testing, decommissioning, removal of software & hardware to agreed standards1,2,3,4,5
IT managementManagement of IT infrastructure including change processes and service improvement while meeting business performance5,6,7
Financial management for ITOverall financial management of IT assets & resources used for IT services while maintaining compliance4,5,6
Capacity managementManage capabilities of hardware, software & network to meet needs and forecast future demands4,5,6
Availability managementDefine, analyse, plan, measure & improve availability while meeting service requirements of business4,5,6
Service level managementPlan, control, review, audit service provision to meet business requirements & service agreements2,3,4,5,6,7
Configuration managementLifecycle planning, control, management of documentation for software, hardware, systems including relationships.2,3,4,5,6
Change managementManagement of changes of service, infrastructure & documentation while managing risks for planned and emergency changes3,4,5,6
Release managementManage processes to package, build, test & deploy changes/updates/releases including handover to operations3,4,5,6
System softwareProvision of expertise to install & maintain operating systems, data management, automation & utility software3,4,5
Security administrationMonitor and authorise access to IT systems manage compliance3,4,5,6
Radio frequency engineeringDeploy, integrate & maintain RF and analogue elements of IT2,3,4,5,6
Application supportSupport users and services to achieve necessary functions while maintaining documentation and enhancements2,3,4,5
IT OperationsPrepare, maintain, manage IT infrastructure including hardware, software, information & communications1,2,3,4
Network control and operationOperate and control LAN and WAN networks including monitoring performance & diagnostic information3,4,5,6
Database administrationInstall, configure, upgrade, administer, monitor & maintain physical databases2,3,4,5
Network supportProvide network maintenance & support services such as resolving problems & monitoring performance2,3,4,5
Problem managementResolve incidents and problems through a information systems lifecycle4,5
Service desk and incident managementProcess and coordinate timely responses to incidents, monitor resolution and keep stakeholder up to date.1,2,3,4,5
ProcurementManage and advise on procurements of goods and services5,6
Supplier relationship managementOn behalf of client ensure external suppliers deliver products and services & achieve outcomes desired.3,4,5,6,7
Quality managementApply techniques and monitor to improve quality of a process while meeting standards5,6,7
Quality assuranceEnsure quality standards and best practices are adhered to3,4,5,6
Quality standardsDevelop, maintain, control & distribute quality standards2,3,4,5
Compliance reviewIndependent assessment of activity, process, deliverable, product of service to agreed standards3,4,5,6
Safety assessmentUsing software engineering approaches test design & validate software systems including risks, maintenance and management5,6
Technology auditRisk and adequacy of information systems including hardware, software, information management as it relates to business objectives4,5,6,7
Programme and project support officeProvide support and guidance for project management tools and techniques. Track projects progress & performance. Build projects knowledgebase.2,3,4,5
Asset managementManage lifecycle of hardware, software, knowledge, warranties, inventory, usage, disposal. Optimize total cost of ownership.4,5,6
Client services managementManage client service functions including strategy, business development, quality of service5,6
Professional developmentFacilitate development of IT practitioners including training, monitoring & meeting business requirements5,6
ResourcingResource management of IT workforce to enable service delivery5,6
Learning and development managementManage professional development & provide IT training to develop business and technical skills5,6
Learning resources creation and maintenanceDesign, create, package & maintain resources for education & training to suit audience4,5
Education and training deliveryTransfer business and technical knowledge with professional attitudes to facilitate learning & development3,4,5
MarketingResearch, analyse & stimulate potential & existing markets for IT products & services. Develop business and generate sales enquires.3,4,5,6
SellingIdentify sales prospects, develop customer interest, prepare bids, execute sale of IT or related products4,5,6
Account managementSupply IT products & services with marketing, selling, delivery activities to customer satisfaction with acceptable business return5,6
Sales supportProvide technical advice & assistance to sales force, prospective client including customer development.1,2,3,4,5,6



Which skills do you have?
Which skills do you want to develop?
Consider doing a Quick SFIA skills review to capture your ideal skill groups and export the list.
If you are just beginning considering ICT for a career look up the career wheel and training options at I Choose Technology

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