8 Best Entry Level Jobs in IT
Information and communication technology (ICT) is one of South Africa’s fastest-growing economic sectors. Not only is South Africa a continental leader in ICT, but we are also one of the top global software development outsourcing destinations, according to the international research group Gartner. While all of this is great for the country’s economy, it is also great for those of you who want to go into a career in IT.
If you are thinking about starting a career in IT, here are the top 8 entry-level jobs you can apply for in this budding industry, along with some info on how to get the training you need to start your career:
1. Mobile Application Developer: Mobile apps do not stop at Instagram and Candy Crush. More and more companies, from banks to grocery stores, need mobile applications for their businesses. And sometimes these mobile apps aren’t even for public use, but rather form part of their internal systems.
Because mobile application development is one of the most rapidly growing fields in ICT, there are countless tech companies that need fresh young talent to start out in their development teams. Training or experience in C#, Java, C++ and HTML5 is often required for these jobs.
3. Front-end Developer: Front-end development can include web design, user interface design, and user experience design. These are fields that have often been neglected in the technology industry, but have recently become more important, as user-centred technology has begun to make an immense impact on the IT industry. Front-end developers can consequently earn high salaries if they are good at what they do.
This is a great direction to go into if you have a bit of design training, design experience, or artistic ambition. Advanced programming skills are not necessarily required.
4. Junior Database Administrator: Database administrators work with the planning, implementation, and administration of database systems. SQL is the most common language you need to know for this job.
If you work your way up from a junior to a senior position as database administrator, you can earn one of the highest salaries in the IT industry.
5. IT Technician: This is one of the staples of the IT industry, and there will always be work for IT technicians — especially in IT support. This is a great starting point if you are interested in building a career in IT.
6. Network Specialist Though you might start out as an assistant to a specialist, working as a network specialist in any organisation will quickly give you the experience you need to start earning a good salary.
You will be responsible for setting up networks, maintaining them, and solving the problems that are sure to arise each day.
7. System Engineer: A system engineer is really a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to IT. It is all about setting up networks, servers, computer systems, and any other tech-related items an organisation needs.
You might also start off as an assistant in this field, but because system engineers deal with such a variety of problems, there will be a lot of room for you to branch out professionally.
8. Software Developer: This is a broad category that can refer to programmers, developers, coders, and even software engineers. As a developer, you will most likely be working as part of a team that develops specific software applications for a company. Your role, and place of employment, will likely depend on what skills you can bring to the table.
This is one of the most popular IT fields to start off in, and can often lead to a high-paying career in IT project management.
How to start your career in IT
Because there is such a high demand for skilled employees in the IT sector, there are plenty of opportunities for you to start an entry-level job with a basic qualification (you do not necessarily need a BSc degree). You can always study further, or obtain professional certification, as you build your career.
Experience is one of the biggest factors when it comes to finding work in IT. That is why taking an accredited course in computer studies via distance learning is a good option — it allows you to start working while you earn your qualification.
If you are looking for vacancies in this field, browse through the latest IT jobs on Job Mail.