There is so much going on in the world of Information Technology (IT) that it can seem like a very enticing place to work. If you are currently stuck in a career that you do not really enjoy, and you are IT minded, then a change might be just right for you. Of course, it is important that you think through any career change very carefully, but you should not be afraid to go for it if it’s what you want.
If you want to work in IT then you need to ensure you have the skills and qualifications required to do so. Reputable providers like Upskilled give you the opportunity to study for IT related qualifications while you are still working in your current role; so you do not lose out financially. Of course, you may have to be prepared to join the world of IT at a lower level, but there are plenty of entry level IT roles that are interesting to work in.
What sort of jobs can you get at entry level?
There no shortage of jobs at entry level in IT. Roles include Junior systems administrator where you help install and maintain computer networks. For a role like this you are expected to have in depth general IT knowledge as you will also be expected to train end users in how to use systems and help with any IT related queries. Another entry level IT role is that of technical support engineer, which involves logging and escalating IT issues, dealing with IT related queries and creating and maintaining issues logs and help sheets.
A further role on a similar level is that of technology coordinator where you are expected to keep records of IT development and issues as well as assisting with the development of applications and programs. These are just a handful of the entry level IT jobs available. In fact, in most IT roles, such as business analysis and cyber security, you will normally find yourself joining at entry level, with plenty of opportunity for progression.
What can you expect to earn?
As with any job in the IT arena, earnings at entry level can vary depending on where you are employed, but there are average expectations for various roles. It is not possible to go through every entry level IT job here but we are going to take a look at average salary expectations for the ones we have mentioned. A junior systems administrator can expect an average salary of around AU$55,000. The average salary for a technical support engineer is around AU$64,000. Lastly the average salary for a technology coordinator is around AU$55,000. You can see that salary levels for entry level IT jobs are fairly similar.
We have only looked at a small number of the entry level IT roles that are out there. In general you will be expected to have a good knowledge of IT overall for any of these roles. You also have the opportunity to specialise is areas such as business analysis where you can start at entry level and progress your career from there.