Estimated graduate starting salary: £20,000 - £30,000+Typical salary after training: £32,000 - £60,000+IT Graduate JobsIT is an integral part of every business and is a rapidly growing industry. Currently, 53% of all graduate vacancies with leading UK employers are now in IT roles. Also, employment of IT professionals is set to continue growing at 1.62% per annum, which is almost twice as fast as the UK average.
In some IT graduate jobs, demand far outstrips the supply for new talent and organisations are constantly looking for graduates to take on ever expanding workloads. There is an especially high demand for higher-level technical skills, particularly to develop products and services to meet the needs of the fast moving industry. This includes knowledge of the latest data programming languages and systems.
Because cyber security is growing, as there are not enough experts to counteract the more advanced cyber-attacks, there is an increase in opportunities for information security officers and information risk managers. This is most evident in large organisations such as the government and social media companies who are keen to employ cyber experts. Alongside this, the development of apps and user experiences are growing areas in IT which require more specialists. In this environment, employees are in a position of significant strength and can earn very good salaries relatively quickly.
In such market conditions, it is easy to understand why the IT sector remains a popular starting point for first-job graduates. Despite fluctuations in the economy, the sector will continue to provide sound, solid careers for those employees who are prepared to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date in a fast moving environment.
IT interacts with almost every other sector, so your IT qualifications can lead you anywhere. Across all sectors, IT graduates are highly sought after, so you can take your pick of the kind of graduate recruiter you would like to work for. You could become a full time employee for an organisation, a contractor or a consultant. But remember, you will need to gain at least one year's experience before you can work as a contractor and many more before you become a totally competent and productive consultant. For where to start your graduate career read on for details or apply for IT Graduate Jobs with the GRB today. Possible graduate roles for you to consider include:Computer Programmer/ Software Developer - A popular route for many graduates; you will be responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of software systems for an organisation/client. Your programming languages and knowledge will be utilised due to the versatility of this role.Applications Developer - You will be responsible for writing the programming code for user software requirements. Through your knowledge of computer languages and development, you will plan, design and implement applications.IT Consultant - Through technology, you will resolve business problems for clients, advising on methods to improve company functionality.Software Tester/ Test Analyst - You will be responsible for insuring that all potential application errors are resolved before reaching the user. In-depth testing is carried out through assessing how the application could be used by a user, not how it should be used, to uncover all potential faults.Analyst - You will design IT solutions for clients to heighten business performance based around their existing models. You will be responsible for all elements of installation, testing and maintenance, working with the client to implement your proposed solutions. IT Helpdesk/ Technical Support Officer - You will be responsible for installation and configuration of computer systems. Detecting hardware and software problems, and solving technical issues both over the phone and face to face to maintain an organisation's computer systems. Systems Administrator/ Network Engineer - You will be responsible for an organisation's communication networks, insuring that efficiency and performance are maintained for all users through providing your technical support. Database Administrator - You will be responsible for database management, including planning and development, maintenance, security, delivery and the implementation of accurate database content. You will ensure that all data is clear, efficient and accessible.Web Designer/ Programmer - Combining your creative and technical skills, you will create programs for websites and further multimedia products to function.
Companies are looking for graduates who can combine both technical skills with an understanding of a company's broader business objectives. There is a demand for numerate and IT-literate graduates to work in analytics in order to help solve business problems.
British Computer Society www.bcs.org.ukBritish Web Design and Marketing Association www.bwdma.orgInstitute of Analysts and Programmers www.iap.org.ukInternet Service Providers Association www.ispa.org.ukBritish Interactive Multimedia Association www.bima.co.ukComputer Services and Software Association www.uk-csa.org.uk Business Application Software Developers Association www.basda.orgInstitute for the Managment of Information Systems www.imis.org.uk
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