What kind of IT jobs can I get with my degree?

What kind of IT jobs can I get with my degree?

With IT now an integral part of businesses, those specialising in IT subjects for their degree are no longer limited to looking in just one or two sectors for future job roles. Anywhere from engineering firms, to banks, to publishers are all looking for staff who are fully competent in various IT systems and programmes. Below we detail a small selection of the paths available to you, with some examples of the kind of degree programmes that lend themselves well to them.

Software developer

The work of a software engineer typically includes designing and programming system-level software: operating systems, database systems, embedded systems and so on. They understand how both software and hardware function. The work can involve talking to clients and colleagues to assess and define what solution or system is needed, which means there’s a lot of interaction as well as full-on technical work. Software engineers are often found in electronics and telecommunications companies. A computing, software engineering or related degree is needed.

Technical consultant

Web development is a broad term and covers everything to do with building websites and all the infrastructure that sits behind them. The job is still viewed as the trendy side of IT years after it first emerged. These days web development is pretty technical and involves some hardcore programming as well as the more creative side of designing the user interfaces of new websites. The role can be found in organisations large and small.

Computing researcher

You could be a researcher either for an employer or an academic institution, in the form of either a PhD or post-doctorate. The various fields you could research are as broad as the IT sector is. The principle is to identify the particular areas of research different PhDs offered at different institutions. As with any postgraduate course, you’ll need to be able to put together a clear case as to why you’d be suitable for the position, hence any relevant modules or work experience you have done will be key to getting on a course.

Web developer

Web development is a broad term and covers everything to do with building websites and all the infrastructure that sits behind them. The job is still viewed as the trendy side of IT years after it first emerged. These days web development is pretty technical and involves some hardcore programming as well as the more creative side of designing the user interfaces of new websites. The role can be found in organisations large and small.

IT teacher

With IT becoming a more prominent part of business as well as our everyday lives, a greater introduction of IT training in schools has formed governmental policy in recent times. Indeed, the introduction of the Raspberry Pi into many primary schools, teaching students the basics of coding from a very young age, notes the direction in which learning is going. As such, IT teachers are somewhat in demand, and opportunities are generally available given the shortfall of teachers in this field in previous years. Teach First are one such organisation introducing graduates to teaching, and further PGCE courses and other teaching routes are also available.

Forensic computing

Forensic computing is the branch of computing dedicated to investigating digital evidence concerning legal issues. This is not limited solely to computer crime, but can actually be used in a number of different cases brought before the courts, and in many different forms. Organisations such as the FSA (Financial Services Authority) or SFO (Serious Fraud Office), for example, need forensic teams to investigate the computing systems and files of organisations under their respective remits, where appropriate.

Music technology

The music industry is about more than talented artists making records. Technology is now used in a multitude of different ways to create and alter playback, store, analyse and record music. Not only, therefore, does anyone wishing to enter the music industry in this way need to understand music in its composition and history, but also needs a thorough understanding of the technological influences on modern records.