Software & Application Programmer

ICT professionals are in high demand across all trending industry sectors. After a period of flat growth, jobs for ICT software developers, programmers and data analysts in our region have grown by 2% since 2011. But this data only goes part way to capturing the high demand for ICT professionals across all trending industry sectors. From Food and Fibre where ICT is used to plan crops and program harvesters, to Careers that Move, which relies on ICT to control the movement of people and goods all over the world, there are new and dynamic opportunities for ICT professionals in our region.

What does an Software & Application Programmer do?

ICT professionals provide data, software solutions and support for all kinds of employment and industrial settings.

What do I need to be good at?

  • Problem solving
  • ICT
  • Creativity
  • Attention to detail
  • Working with a team
  • Communicating

Where can I get trained?

At school by

  1. Doing year nine work experience with an employer in an ICT career
  2. By enrolling in the VET in Schools Certificate II
  3. Or with a school based traineeship where you study part time at TAFE, complete your year 12 and spend one or two days a week with your employer. You graduate with year 12, a Certificate 11 in ICT, and the equivalent of up to one year of your apprenticeship completed.

At the Gordon TAFE or other registered training organisation by

  1. Completing a six month Full time Certificate II , III or IV ICT course. You don’t need an ATAR , but you will need a year 11 completion.

At university

  1. You can take an undergraduate degree, post graduate, Masters or PhD degree at university in ICT.

On the job

  1. Five years’ experience in the industry is accepted in place of a degree.
  2. Look for a school based apprenticeship or full time apprenticeship with G Force, an individual employer or another apprenticeship provider.

Where are the jobs for Software & Application Programmer?

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Where can I get experience?

Look for year 10 work experience opportunities on the GRVEC site, or ask your careers teacher or VET or VCAL coordinator. You can also ask an ICT careers provider for a voluntary work opportunity.

Keep an eye on the Volunteering Geelong website.

How much do I get paid?

Starts at $56,610 and progresses to $106,709 depending on your experience.

What can this job lead to?

Software & Application Programmers are found across all industry sectors, Geelong Careers trending careers offer ICT career opportunities in:

  • Food and fibre: uses ICT to plan and harvest cropping, for weather data, market information.
  • Careers that move: use ICT to plan and carry out the supply chain deliveries across our region, nation and the world.
  • Advanced manufacturing uses ICT software for design and production.
  • Careers in caring: ICT powers health plans, communication systems and service delivery.
  • Careers that teach: ICT communicates learning across pre schools, schools, TAFES and universities in our region.
  • Careers that build is being revolutionized by ICT. In the future raw materials will be delivered on site, and cut and prepared by machines, powered by ICT.
  • Eat, stay, tour careers use ICT for instant communication and bookings.

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