Economic Implications

Jobs in ICT

Most jobs in ICT require that some further education and training is carried out after leaving school.  The minimum qualification for professional jobs is probably at HND level although an IT-related degree gives access to the best jobs.  There are development personnel such as systems analysts and programmers and operational personnel such as operators and support staff who keep the systems running.

Starting development positions in organisations are usually:

Programmer/analyst – Responsible for program development and modification, program and data changes, testing and documentation.

Web administrator – Responsible for developing, managing and coordinating the posting of company material from departments onto the company website.

Network administrator – Responsible for the day-to-day management and maintenance of the network.

Salaries – As these are very responsible starting positions, salaries will be in the region of £20,000 to £30,000 depending on the level of responsibility.

Advanced development positions are usually of the following types:

Database manager – Responsible for identifying needs and developing software accordingly.  There is an increasing role for data mining and data warehousing experts in this field.

Project leader and Senior analyst – Sometimes separate posts, sometimes a joint post; the project leader will liaise with directors and top managers and translate ideas into computer-related documentation.

IT manager – Generally in charge of the entire IT operation, staff and equipment.

Salaries – These are senior posts and can carry very high salaries with fringe benefits such as company cars.




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