IT Worker

If you're always using your computer and have a hard drive full of the latest games, music, videos and films, know what a programming language, Trojan Horse or Cascading Style Sheet is, then maybe you should consider a career in IT.

 The more computers and electronics become part of our lives, the more IT professionals are needed, and for those with the right qualifications and skills, the opportunities and rewards are excellent. We can help you get into IT in two broad areas: systems support and software development.

So, you could end up running the IT systems of a large global banking corporation, or creating the next version of Windows. Those are just two options. There are millions more out there.

Working in IT Qualifications

Software developers are responsible for designing, developing, testing and implementing software to improve the efficiency and productivity of businesses. You could end up working on anything from games to business software to the software that comes with electrical appliances.

You can also learn while you earn with an IT apprenticeship.

For more information, browse for a qualification using the qualifications finder.

Where to study

Search for a centre that offers your chosen qualification by using the Find a Centre search box (on the top right of each page).

KEY INFO

Type of work:
Office-based, supporting and developing.

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Who you could work for:
As a systems support specialist, practically any company you can name. Software developers would work for specialist IT firms or manufacturers of products that use software.

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Likely hours:
Probably 9-5, although some weekend work for systems support specialists when new systems are being installed.

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Earning power*:
Entry-level  jobs in IT begin at around £18,000 to £25,000. The average salary for the IT sector in the UK is around £37,000. An experienced IT manager can earn £80,000 or more.

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Perfect for you if you are:
Good with computers, analytical, a good communicator.

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You could even go on to:
Design computer games, run IT systems for large corporations, start your own business, or become a specialist consultant.

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*Remember

Salaries are only a guide. We've quoted average figures and there will be some variation around the country and from employer to employer.

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