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If you are going to consider job opportunities in IT the first thing to do is get a good understanding of what the sector involves.
IT industry is a dynamic, fast-paced industry which dominates many areas within the UK. One in 18 people in the UK work in the IT and telecoms industry (1.52 million people).
Over 87% of businesses in the UK are IT-related, making it a vital industry within the economy.
IT spans across a wide variety of areas including things such as processes, computer software, information systems, computer hardware, programming languages, and data constructs.
In short, anything that renders data, information or perceived knowledge in any visual format whatsoever, via any multimedia distribution mechanism, is considered part of the domain space known as Information Technology (IT).
IT professionals perform a variety of functions that range from installing applications to designing complex computer networks and information databases. A few of the duties that IT professionals perform may include data management, networking, engineering computer hardware, database and software design, as well as management and administration of entire systems.
Information technology is starting to spread further than the conventional personal computer and network technology, and more into integrations of other technologies such as the use of cell phones, televisions, automobiles, and more, which is increasing the demand for such jobs.
The IT industry includes a variety of jobs, including people working in IT companies or business which offer IT services, technology‐orientated consulting, technology development, systems analysis, web design, programming, systems testing and technology sales.
There are also opportunities for IT professionals to work in other industries where their skills are needed, such as retail, e-commerce, manufacturing, scientific services and within the IT departments of major organisations.
The range of roles within IT are all very technical, whether it is designing software or managing information databases.
IT professionals could be providing IT support or repair services, or building new computers, systems and software from scratch.
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In the IT industry, most IT employers have a strong preference to recruit experienced and well qualified people. When these companies are recruiting people at entry level or from education, preferences are for graduate level and above.
Most employers accept graduates from any degree subjects, but most will require a minimum of a degree classification of a 2.1. There top types of degree include Business Information Technology, Computing, Computer Engineering, and Computer Games and Digital Media.
Entry is also available through doing an apprenticeship, as an alternative to university education.