Australia, Southern Cross University

Bachelor of Information Technology: Preparing international students for jobs of the future

International students who are interested in computer hardware and software but are not sure which career path to choose can pursue their interest in the subject by attending university. They can enrol in a Bachelor of Information Technology degree at Southern Cross University, one of Australia’s highly-ranked young universities.

SCU’s Dr Jason McGovern, director and principal for Sydney, Melbourne and Perth campuses, relates: “The degree program aims to prepare students for jobs of the future. It is designed to equip them to stay abreast of technology and learn how to address ICT issues amid the pervasive presence of artificial intelligence and automation.”

International students will further be supported with the knowledge and skills to understand the future directions of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry and will be supplied with practical examples of how companies are globally impacted by technology.

Major areas of study

The Bachelor of Information Technology program, which is offered at SCU Sydney, Melbourne and Perth branch campuses, has two major concentrations: information systems and software development.

  • Information Systems

The specialisation provides students with a realistic understanding of the roles of information technology in organisations as it teaches them the skills needed to design, develop, implement and manage information systems.

  • Software Development

The program equips students with the knowledge to participate in and manage software projects and helps them discover the skills they need to efficiently develop and maintain high-quality software systems.

International students who would like to enrol in the course should contact the EduCo representative in their country or region for assistance in processing application requirements  before the  2 July deadline.

A vital aspect of modern-day life

Tech-savvy IT professionals ensure the smooth functioning of all the departments of a company – human resources, marketing and sales, finance and accounting, manufacturing and production – regardless of the size of its operations. Now, more than ever, information technology is intertwined with executing the company’s overall business strategy. Now, more than ever, companies also need to beef up IT capabilities especially in areas concerning cybersecurity.

IT graduates can land a job in any company that requires a computer network architect, computer support specialist, computer systems analyst, database administrator, information security analyst, network and computer systems administrator or web developer. The Australian government’s JobOutlook estimates the IT network professional’s average annual salary before tax at AUD93,652.

Popular IT jobs by 2020

TechRepublic, a digital publication and online community that empowers the people of business and technology, released a special report highlighting the 10 IT jobs that will be most in demand within the next two years, as follows:

  1. Computer vision engineer

  2. Machine learning engineer

  3. Network analyst

  4. Security analyst

  5. Cloud engineer

  6. App developer

  7. Business intelligence analyst

  8. DevOps lead

  9. Database administrator

  10. User support specialist

Most of these jobs are familiar to IT students but for those roles which they’re not yet familiar with, they can always ask their professors or read the special report.

Exciting opportunities for graduates

Graduates of the Bachelor of Information Technology program will be at the forefront of technological changes. As computer network architects, they get to design and build data communication networks between their corporate headquarters and branch offices.

As data administrators, they get to use customised software to store and secure financial information or organise customer data. They make processed data available to all users of the company with different access levels and ensure that these data are safe from unauthorised breaches.

As computer systems analysts, they get to study their organisation’s current computer systems and procedures to propose business solutions for the benefit of all. They bring business and information technology together by designing solutions for more efficient operations.

The possibilities for new ICT professionals are simply endless – and the future truly exciting!