Are you interested in a career related to digital technologies? You could be in luck! A recent study has found Australia lacks sufficient numbers of skilled professionals to fuel its digitally-driven economic growth.

In their 2015 report, Australia’s Digital Pulse, the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and Deloitte Access Economics found that digital technologies are one of the fastest growing areas of Australia’s economy.

As the digital world has grown, so too has the demand for ICT professional. The report found that the number of ICT workers has increased by 5% and there is a need for a further 100,000 professionals over the next 6 years. Despite this, the number of graduates with ICT qualifications has decreased.

John O’Mahony, Deloitte Access Economics director warns that more ICT graduates are required if Australia’s digital economy is to be sustained. ‘Despite the strong growth in demand, with a projected gap of more than 100,000 ICT workers in the next five years, and declining rates of ICT graduates, we are facing a serious problem’, Mr O’Mahony said.

His call was backed up by ACS CEO, Andrew Johnson, who added, ‘An ICT career represents an outstanding opportunity for graduates in the coming decade – students, parents and careers advisors should pay attention to this fact.’

So if you’re the type of person who likes to know you’ll be in demand when you graduate and also have a wide range of careers to choose from, now is the time to start considering an ICT-related degree. The University of Tasmania offers a number of degrees in the ICT area. Explore your options in computing and IT now.