Technology is advancing at an accelerated pace, powering or transforming just about every industry imaginable. As it is an indispensable part of business, this makes the field of computing and information technology (IT) an exciting field to branch into.

While a Bachelor in IT – or a related field – serves as a stepping stone into the industry, maintaining a competitive edge in the future workforce entails equipping oneself with further knowledge and skills to capitalise on the bigger opportunities in the field.

According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, computer and IT occupations are  projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028 – much faster than the average for all occupations. They add that these occupations are projected to add about 546,200 new jobs, as demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data as well as information security.

Graduates who are looking to future-proof their careers and receive a forward thinking education might want to consider doing so at Charles Sturt University Study Centres. Nestled in the heart of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia – all in the top 20 most livable cities in the world as ranked by Economist Intelligence Unit Limited 2019 – Charles Sturt Study Centres prides itself for providing hands-on, practical courses that prepare work-ready graduates.

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As a testament to the school’s quality, Charles Sturt University Study Centres received over 811 Academic Achievement Awards, over 147 Executive Dean’s Awards for outstanding results and over 31 Outstanding Research Awards in 2019, whilst four students graduated with the prestigious university medal in December; their programmes are also designed in collaboration with academic and industry professionals to ensure its quality and relevance.

Becoming a student at Charles Sturt University Study Centres also entails studying in a diverse student body – the school attracts quality students from more than 60 countries around the world, serving as a platform that can also enhance prospective students’ global awareness.

Carve yourself a rewarding career

Charles Sturt University Study Centres offers the Master of Information Technology (MIT) programme, which is ideal for those who already have a Bachelor’s or graduate diploma in the field, as well as either an associate degree or three year’s relevant work experience. Students who enrol in the course will graduate with an advanced IT qualification – you’ll be encouraged to choose a specialisation while studying core subjects such as ethics, project management, database systems and computer organisation and architecture.

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Charles Sturt University Study Centres offers prospective students two new specialisations for its popular MIT degree: Data Science and Cyber Security. With data science playing an increasingly important role for solving business problems, the institution’s Data Science specialisation will teach students the essentials to unleash the power of data. Students will be introduced to the recent approaches for data pre-processing, knowledge discovery and future prediction, along with the basics of data mining techniques.

While our tech-driven era brings about infinite potential, digital transformations come with various threats for organisations and even countries – chief among them, cyber attacks. Companies and nations require a defence system to safeguard their data or national security from their competitors or enemies.

Charles Sturt Study Centres’ Cyber Security specialisation will equip students with the skills and knowledge to fulfill the requirements of occupations such as security specialist, security engineer and network security manager, to name a few. Students will be taught contemporary topics such as digital forensics, dark web and cloud privacy and security.

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Expand your career opportunities

There’s a wealth of roles that graduates can branch into following a qualification in either specialisation. A career in data science can lead to roles in product management, education management, consulting, business intelligence development, among others, across numerous industries.

Meanwhile, cyber security graduates can go on to become security specialists, security engineers or network security managers, which can lead to information security officer positions and security architect roles.

A graduate degree in the field can also serve as a sound investment. For instance, a data scientist with one to two years of experience can earn anywhere from AU$100,000 to AU$113,000 per year on average, according to Glassdoor. Meanwhile, cyber security analysts can earn between AU$56,000 to AU$111,000 whereas a cyber security consultant can earn up to AUS$85,000.

To boot, their MIT programme is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and is rated five stars by the Good Universities Guide 2019. Coupled with the fact that the universities graduates have an employment rate of 87.5 percent – 14 percent higher than the national average – in addition to being among the nations’ highest earners – with an average starting salary of AUS$63,400 compared to the national average of AUS$61,000 – it’s clear that a degree from this institution will give students a competitive edge in their careers.

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