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.
There are more than 73,000 ICT and digital technology professionals employed across Scotland.
An important aspect of the information and communication technology industry is the high rate of change. The actual power of computers grows every year and 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 number of people employed in ICT and digital roles is predicted to increase by 15% by 2020, taking the figure to 84,000. Also, according to a Scottish Government report, industry experts believe that there is the potential for the number of digital technology professionals to rise to 150,000 over the next five years.
Growth is expected in a number of particular areas, including software development, software engineering and web development.
One of the biggest growth areas recently has been in cyber security, with the workforce growing by 160% in five years. This sector now employs 58,000 people across the UK.
There is a definite demand for more women in the industry, with just 23% of IT and Telecoms professionals in the UK being female. In Scotland, women account for only 18% of digital technology roles. This must change if the industry is to stay competitive. The Tech Partnership developed the Tech Future Girls initiative to encourage more young women to consider a career in the industry.
If you are considering a career in IT why not take a look at the Big Ambition website developed by the Tech Partnership, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology? You will find relevant video case studies and industry information.
The Creative Skillset Scotland website has information on job roles in the computer games sector.