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The Master of Information Technology offers students an opportunity to develop skills and abilities to further their career in the IT industry. The course has been designed for students new to the field, and Bachelor graduates seeking further study and highly level qualifications. Graduates of this degree will have critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills which they can apply to employment roles within the industry. The degree will help students to develop skills in key areas of IT;
- information systems
- computer science
- software engineering
- computer engineering
The degree includes hands on practical work as well as theoretical study. Admission to this degree is open to students with an undergraduate degree. Entry will be based on prior achievements and experience.
This course is offered both online and at the Callaghan campus over 3 trimesters full time study or the part time equivalent. Graduates of this degree may apply for entry into the Master of Information Technology (Professional).
The following list provides some example jobs for Master of Information Technology graduates. The various Types of jobs will depend upon the previous qualifications and the level of experience gained in particular industries prior to graduating.
- Analyst Programmer/Programmer
- Business Intelligence Developer
- Chief Information Officer/IT Manager
- Computer Programmer
- IT Consultant
- IT Security Analyst
- IT Technical Support Specialist
Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained during the Master of Information Technology.
- 3D Modeller
- Application Integration Developer/Enterprise Application Integration Developer
- Applications Developer
- Applications Engineer
- Business Analyst/Consultant
- Business Process Analyst/Operations Research Analyst
- Database Administrator
- Game Tester
- Games Developer
- Interactive Media Designer/Developer
- IT Support/Help Desk
- Multimedia Designer / Web Designer
- Multimedia Developer
- Multimedia Specialist
- Network Cabling Technician
- Network Support Engineer
- Program Manager / Project Coordinator
- Project Manager
- Special Effects Technician/Developer/Visual Effects Technician/Developer
- Systems Analyst
- Systems Engineer
- Systems Tester/Quality Assurance Analyst
- Technical Sales Representative
- Technical Writer
- University Lecturer / Academic
- Visual Effects Technician
- Web Designer
- Web Developer
Getting the Edge
Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.
- Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
- Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
- Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
- Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
- Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
- Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
- Consider volunteering.
Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.
Information Technology employment opportunities exist in a wide variety of industries within small, medium and large organisations. Below is an example of some major organisations which formally target graduates with qualifications in Information Technology.
- Accenture Australia Ltd (International)
- Air Services Australia (Australia)
- Alphapharm (Australia)
- AMPcontrol (International)
- ANZ (Australia)
- Arup (International)
- Australia Post Logistics (Australia)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (Australia)
- Australian Secret Intelligence Service (Australia)
- Australian Taxation Office (Australia)
- BHP Billiton (Australia)
- Canon Information Systems Research Australia (Australia)
- Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery & Information-Based Medicine (Australia)
- Centrelink (Australia)
- Cisco (International)
- Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Australia)
- CSC - Computer Sciences Corporation (International)
- CSIRO (Australia)
- Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) (Australia)
- Deloitte (Australia)
- Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Australia)
- Department of Defence - Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) (Australia)
- Department of Defence (Australia)
- Department of Education, Science and Training (Australia)
- Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Australia)
- Deutsche Bank (International)
- Downer EDI Works (Australia)
- EDS (International)
- EnergyAustralia (Australia)
- Ericsson Australia (Australia)
- Ernst & Young (International)
- Fujitsu Australia (Australia)
- Google (International)
- IBM (Australia)
- IP Australia (Australia)
- LogicaCMG (International)
- Macquarie Generation (Australia)
- Microsoft Australia (International)
- National Australia Bank (Australia)
- OneSteel (International)
- Optiver (International)
- Optus (Australia)
- Oracle (International)
- Orica (International)
- Qantas (International)
- Randstad (Australia)
- Reserve Bank of Australia (Australia)
- Rio Tinto (International)
- Roads and Traffic Authority (NSW) (Australia)
- Suncorp (Australia)
- Telstra (Australia)
- Westpac (Australia)
- WorleyParsons (International)
- Xstrata (Australia)
Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.
Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .
Job Prospects and Salary
For up-to-date information please see Job Outlook Australia. This site provides basic Australian labour market information including job prospects, skills requirements and salaries. You might try some of the classifications below as a guide on this site.
Societies and Associations
Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.
- Australian Computer Society (Australia)
- Australian Council for Computers in Education (Australia)
- Australian Electronic Business Network (Australia)
- Australian Information Industry Association (Australia)
- Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (Australia)
Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.
Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.
Job Search Sites
Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:
Australian and International
- CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.
- CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
- MyCareer: Australian and international listings
- Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
- The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs