Are you logical, analytical and good at solving problems? Are you interested in how computers and software work? If you think you’d like to write the computer programmes that control aircraft systems, make sure that financial data is secure or design and install big computer networks, then this could be the industry for you.
Around 100,000 people are employed in technology roles, across all sectors, in Scotland. 40% of those are employed in technology businesses, with the remaining 60% in other sectors such as finance, engineering, health and creative industries.
An important aspect of the information and communication technology industry is the high rate of change. While the actual power of computers grows every year, new applications are constantly being developed.
There are many different sectors in the computing and ICT industry and you would usually specialise in a particular area. These include computer programming and software engineering, IT support, IT security, systems analysis and design, networks, database administration and web and multimedia.
Some areas of this industry are related to engineering, such as electrical and electronics work.
Almost all companies and industries use computing and information technology, so the range of firms that you could work for is vast. They could include:
The Scottish Tech Sector continues to grow and will become the second fastest in Scotland between now and 2029 with only childcare services the fastest. The number of people needed to support the tech industry has increased, with 13,000 jobs available each year, this has seen a rise of more than 200 a year.
In the cyber security sector at year end 2019, the number of active cyber security firms increased by 44% growing from 846 companies in 2017 to over 1,200 by 2019. This sector now employs approximately 43,000 people across the UK, up by 37% from 2017.
According to a report from the Digital Technologies Skills Group, the most in demand language skills are .NET, Java and SQL with New Technology skills such as cyber security, information security, data analytics and artificial intelligence being considered important.
There was a slight increase of women in the industry by 5%, increasing the number of female digital technology professionals in Scotland from 18% to 23%. This must change if the industry is to stay competitive. Tech Future Girls and Stemettes are just two initiatives encouraging more young women to consider a career in the industry.
Digital asset and currency provider GCEX (GC Exchange Limited) are creating 26 real living wage jobs in Glasgow as part of their plans to expand into Scotland.
If you are considering a career in IT, take a look at Tech Future Careers (www.tpdegrees.com/careers) and the Screen Skills website (www.screenskills.com), which has information on job roles in the computer games sector.