Seek, a leading online employment company that matches job seekers’ qualifications and skills with employer requirements worldwide, has released its 2018 annual salary report highlighting six of the top 20 highest paying jobs in Australia as coming from the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.

Occupying the top spot is an ICT Architect with an average annual salary of $138,144 followed by an ICT Management role at #3 with $132,307 and ICT Security at #12 with $122, 753. The remaining three include ICT job roles in Product Management and Development — $120,740; Program and Project Management — $120,554 and Team Leader — $119,078 in the 16th, 17th and 18th spots, respectively.

According to the Seek data collected from June 2017 to June 2018, ICT jobs now dominate the list of highest-paying jobs in the country, a marked change from five years ago when mining, resources and energy roles were dominating the employment marketplace. The top 20 list of roles and industries are as follows:

RANK INDUSTRY ROLE TYPE 2018 SALARY
1 Information & Communication Technology Architects $138,144
2 Engineering Management $133,927
3 Information & Communication Technology Management $132,307
4 Mining, Resources & Energy Management $131,462
5 Legal Generalists – In-house $128,988
6 Accounting Strategy & Planning $128,373
7 Accounting Financial Managers & Controllers $126,906
8 Construction Management $126,122
9 Construction Project Management $124,603
10 Insurance & Superannuation Management $124,432
11 Legal Construction Law $124,041
12 Information & Communication Technology Security $122,753
13 Mining, Resources & Energy Mining – Engineering & Maintenance $121,912
14 Consulting & Strategy Management & Change Consulting $121,232
15 Engineering Project Management $120,752
16 Information & Communication Technology Product Management & Development $120,740
17 Information & Communication Technology Programme & Project Management $120,554
18 Information & Communication Technology Team Leaders $119,078
19 Legal Corporate & Commercial Law $118,558
20 Legal Tax Law $118,212

A step in the right direction

The marked increase in ICT salaries in the last five years is a good indicator for future graduates of information technology programs like Strathfield College’s Certificate IV in Information Technology, a 12-month program that prepares international students to work in the information and communications technology (ICT) fields and provide IT support to small and medium enterprises. They can then pursue further studies and earn a Diploma in Information Technology for another 12 months.

Students of Strathfield College’s Melbourne and Sydney campuses can work around their class schedules and work part-time. Required classroom sessions are 14 hours while online sessions are 6 hours for a total of 20 hours per week. The course runs over a period of 52 weeks including the 10-week holidays where students can also work.

After passing the qualification requirements, international students are expected to have learned basic networking, IT support, database development programming and web development support skills. They can then take advantage of the opportunities for building connections and exploring potential job prospects that the iconic campus locations have to offer.

Campus locations ideal for job prospecting

Melbourne and Sydney were featured among the top 10 of the world’s best student cities in the QS 2018 Report, out of the 125 cities that qualified in the 2018 survey. Melbourne moved up to 3rd place, after London and Tokyo, while Sydney moved up to 9th place.

Popularly known as Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne continues to be an attractive destination for international students because of its liveability, multicultural diversity, and vibrant and welcoming vibe. It ranked highest in having the most diverse student mix, landing 3rd in student view which highlighted the overall student experience, 8th in desirability and 10th in employer activity. Economic opportunities for international students who want to get part-time work while pursuing their studies are plentiful. Seek has listed at least 4,800 IT-related jobs while Indeed advertised another 1,900 openings within the city alone. Regional areas in Victoria are also another viable option after graduation.

Sydney also scored high for being rich in employment opportunities and for having a good standard of living. It is also ranked as one of the 10 most liveable cities on the planet by Mercer and The Economist. It is not just Australia’s financial and economic hub but is also one of Australia’s safest and cleanest cities with lots of greeneries and parks. Seek listed at least 5,000 jobs while Jora had at least 1,500 openings. These lists are being updated regularly.

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