Monday, June 18th, 2012
According to a recently released report “A snapshot of Australia’s digital future to 2050” by key analyst Phil Ruthven and commissioned by IBM, Australia’s ICT industry is predicted to grow from a $131 billion sector today to about $1 trillion by 2050, demonstrating the importance of ICT to the economic and social well-being of today’s young people.

Commenting on the report, Penny Coulter, Chair of the National ICT Careers Week Steering Committee, said, “This report underlines the importance of encouraging young people to study and work in ICT. Today, the Australian ICT industry employs more people than the mining and resource industry, and this report indicates that position is unlikely to change.

“Given this rapid growth, the prognosis laid out in the report clearly anticipates a very strong demand for ICT workers to fill new kinds of ICT jobs,” said Ms Coulter. “The type and variety of ICT jobs likely to be invented and required in the run up to 2050 is difficult to imagine, but we can imagine that there will be many worthwhile careers available to young people who elect to study ICT now and in the future.

“This report only adds to the necessity for businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, industry bodies, women’s groups and professional bodies to showcase the many study and career opportunities that ICT is providing and will provide,” said Ms Coulter.

“To help young people consider ICT as a career, the annual National ICT Careers Week seeks to introduce young people to the rewarding and engaging career opportunities available across Australia and in the world.”

This year, the annual National ICT Careers Week will be running across the country from 23 - 29 July 2012.

Ms Coulter advised, “The report also indicates the importance of the rollout of the National Broadband Network and the considerable impact that it is going to have on Australian businesses and organisations. The report suggests that the NBN will cause profound changes on our economy, society and industries as did the earlier utilities such as roads, railways and electricity. Accordingly, that will mean considerable changes in Australia’s workforce and most jobs.

“The report also indicates that ICT will bring advantages to many industries, but that will require the Australian workforce having the skills to develop the capabilities of Australian businesses to participate and benefit.”

Ms Coulter concluded by saying, “Young people, their parents, their teachers and their careers advisors can find out what is on by going regularly to the National ICT Careers Week web site - - and seeing what is happening in their part of Australia.”

A snapshot of Australia’s digital future to 2050
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