This article is written by Nathan Chanesman, founder of My Career Match.

Whenever you Google “Jobs Of The Future”, ‘“Best Paying Jobs”, or “Jobs In Most Demand”, you’ll always find Information Technology.

The most in-demand job anywhere is cybersecurity… protecting data from hackers, viruses, ransomware and many other cyber crimes that threaten our interconnected world. Cybersecurity is the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. In a computing context, security includes both cybersecurity and physical security.

The second most in-demand job is Data Analyst. Data analysts translate numbers into plain English. Every business collects data, whether it’s sales figures, market research, logistics, or transportation costs. A data analyst’s job is to take that data and use it to help companies make better business decisions.

Information technology is not just about cybersecurity and data analysis. It encompasses many jobs in the computer sciences… mobile devices, gaming, digital marketing, hardware and software, coding, design, service support, website development, and sales..  the choice is vast and all these careers are in-demand which makes them highly paid jobs, and jobs that are transferable.

So, an IT person in the defence force, can work in health technologies (a massive growing industry), the banking sector or in communication. The fact that these technologies use English as a base language creates the opportunity for global travel or online consultancy.

In this digital age, the IT sector is never going to stop growing …  it will create many in-demand jobs with job security, great salary, transferable skills, new inventions of Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, blockchain technology, cyber currencies (Bitcoin) to name a few. This is an industry where you never stop learning; a lifetime of education and upskilling every two years.

What’s really good about IT is that its gender neutral, and there’s a job for every level of expertise. You can enter with a degree, diploma or certificate.

I often hear the misconception that jobs in this sector require a university degree. This simply is not true of many key roles. In an industry that is focused on practical skills, it’s easy to see why the combination of competency-based outcomes and hands-on experience typically offered by VET courses is, in many cases, more useful than more academic university studies.

In fact, in one of the most in-demand roles, ICT Support Technician, around half the current employees are VET qualified.

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