The digital industry is a new term to describe the wide range of work in information technology, computer programming, software development, high-tech electronics, information systems, and web, games and multimedia development.
It’s been estimated that the number of digital jobs are expected to grow between 23-53% over the next decade. Many companies are crying out for staff and have to recruit overseas because there aren’t enough suitably-qualified people in New Zealand.
High demand, great pay and creative opportunities mean that now is a good time to consider a job in the digital industry.
The main employers of people with digital skills include:
- Software, web and multimedia development companies
- Companies that provide computer, database and network services to clients
- Internet and telecommunications providers
- Educational and research organisations
- Large retailers, banks and media (newspaper and TV) organisations
- Any organisation that uses computers
A wide range of different IT-related qualifications are available, and it can be hard to work out which pathway to take.
Key tertiary qualifications include:
- Certificates in Computing (NZQF 2-4) provide general skills for computer users
- Certificates in Information Technology (NZQF 4-5) and diplomas in Information Systems or Technology, Systems Administration and Software or Web Development (NZQF 5-6) form a pathway to a range of entry level positions
- Degrees in Information Technology or Computer Systems provide a practical grounding in the application of computer programs and systems to business processes
- Degrees in Computer Science have a strong focus on the theory behind computer programs, including maths, algorithms and programming languages
- Degrees in Software or Computer Systems Engineering provide graduates with strong problem-solving skills
Required and recommended school subjects:
- Maths, especially Calculus (required for engineering pathways)
- Physics (required for engineering pathways)
- Digital Technologies
- Design and Visual Communication