Information and communication technology (ICT)​

The South Australian information and communication technology (ICT) industry employs 20,700 people, and makes up 2.6% of the State’s workforce.

Most people working in this industry work in telecommunications services.

Most of the jobs are in the Adelaide metropolitan area.


Job openings for skilled workers


Quick facts about this industry

  • Science and maths are important to train and work in this industry.
  • Most people work full-time in this industry.
  • Most people have completed a certificate III qualification or higher. About 40% of workers have a university degree.
  • Most employers are seeking people with at least certificate IV, plus specific vendor qualifications such as Microsoft, Cisco or Oracle.
  • Most of the people working in the industry are men.
  • People are generally younger than those in other industries.
  • You need to be a logical thinker, adaptable to changing technology, good at technical activities, and be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Established full-time computing professionals generally earn around between $1,500 and $2,000 per week. People working in SAP or Oracle in database development and in data storage can earn up to $3,000 per week.

School options

Ask your Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE (or equivalent) students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Information technology

Vocational qualifications include:

  • Certificates I – III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Certificates II and III in Telecommunications Technology
  • Certificate II – Advanced Diploma with specialisations in network build and operate, digital reception, rigging installation, engineering technology, network design, and network engineering
  • Certificate IV - Advanced Diploma of Information Technology with specialisations in networking, project management, business analysis, strategic management, and sustainability
  • Certificate IV and Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games
  • Certificate IV and Diploma of Digital Media Technologies
  • Certificate IV and Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Technology
  • Diploma of Website Development
  • Advanced Diploma of Network Security
  • Certificate IV qualifications in Programming and Web-Based Technologies
  • Certificate IV and Diploma in Systems Analysis and Design
  • Diploma qualifications in Software Development and Database Design and Development

See courses related to this industry.

University disciplines include:

  • Computer science
  • Computer and network systems engineering
  • Digital media
  • Game development
  • Information technology
  • Mobile application development
  • Networking and cybersecurity
  • Software development
  • Software engineering

Explore university courses offered in South Australia, including courses from:

For more information about university courses visit South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) or for information about student satisfaction visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Apply to study

For application information for South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For enrolment in WorkReady vocational courses see how to enrol for training.

For more information, call the Skills and Employment Infoline on
1800 506 266.

Occupations in this industry

ICT includes the storage and transmission of information products via electronic, wireless, optical and other means. The industry has opportunities for a wide range of occupations.

Interactive media

New gaming careers are emerging for developing different types of media such as interactive TV and wireless-connected handheld devices. Computer games are also being used to train and educate the workforce in many areas such as medicine, healthcare, defence, education, business, mining and transport.

Information technology

Employment in this sector of the industry involves installation and maintenance of the computer infrastructure, including servers and in some cases, the customer’s connection with the servers. There is strong demand for people in ISPs (internet service providers), including many opportunities for computer programmers and software engineers, as well as in technical and electronic support.

Software and application programmers write, test and maintain computer programs to make sure that a computer application, or program, meets the needs of the users of the computer system.

Web designers create, produce and maintain websites using relevant software packages.

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Computer network professional, data miner, systems designer, information technology manager, information technology security specialist, information technology support technician, multimedia developer, software engineer or website administrator.

Related industries for these occupations:

Useful links

Career information has been sourced from government publications.  See data sources for more information.

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