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Study IT at OPAIC

Every business in the world relies on computer technology in one way or another and employers throughout the world are looking for graduates with a solid understanding of the industry. We've put together some information, which outlines our IT offerings and gives you some insight into the sector in New Zealand.

Which IT courses are on offer at OPAIC?

Students can select from our Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (GDIT) and our Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT). If students are interested in studying IT at a postgraduate level they can consider the Business Information Systems major in our Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management.

Our wide range of IT courses will prepare students for the ICT jobs on the skills shortages list. Those jobs include: business analyst, developer programmer, software engineer, project manager, security specialist, software tester, telecommunications network engineer, database administrator, QA engineer, systems analyst, web developer, software and applications programmer, developer programmer.

Source: New Zealand Now.

What roles are in demand?

Growing digitisation and increased use of ICT across the economy is generating employment growth across a range of skill-sets, including software engineering and development, project managers, marketers, sales, administrators and business analysts.

Interactive gaming is another fast-growing subsector which is now a multi-million dollar export industry. Across the wider economy, job growth in ICT-related occupations has been driven by Software and Applications Programmers and ICT Business and Systems Analysts.

Where are the jobs located?

While most IT jobs are in the main centres (Auckland 50%, Wellington 27%, Christchurch 12%), there are opportunities right across New Zealand. That’s because medium to large businesses and government departments everywhere employ their own IT professionals and support staff.

Source: New Zealand Now.

What are the salaries like?

ICT roles across New Zealand range from $45,000 to $55,000 for a junior level Service Desk role, to $140,000 to $180,000 for a senior level Project Manager. Systems Architects attract a median salary of $135,000.  

Source: Hudson and TradeMe Jobs.

What's the Short Term Employment Forecast?

94,700 more workers in highly skilled occupations - mainly IT and construction related.

Highly skilled occupations (managers and professionals) are forecast to grow faster (2.9% or 31,600 per year) than overall employment growth (2.0% or 51,000 per year) over the next three years. By 2020, the demand for highly skilled workers is forecast to increase by nearly 95,000. Within highly skilled occupations, the demand is anticipated to be strongest for business and system analysts and programmers; legal professionals; ICT managers; architects, planners and surveyors and; advertising, public relations and sales managers.

Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

How about the outlook and trends?

As the country’s third largest export earner, the ICT industry is New Zealand’s fastest growing sector. It contributes nearly $20 billion to the economy and employs more than 62,000 people. The information and communications sectors is growing at 3.4% per annum and within this the computer design sector is growing at 9.3%. This growth in digital workers is not limited to the tech sector with most large organisations also trying to employ from the same limited talent pool which is driving up salaries to more than twice the New Zealand average.


Why choose OPAIC?

We offer extra support to students during their studies and help them look for a job. Students also have the opportunity to do industry projects during the GDIT and BIT.

Otago Polytechnic is a Category One provider and has a good reputation in the ITP sector. We have small classes, industry engaged lecturers and practical content. OPAIC’s vision is to develop New Zealand’s most employable graduates. 

Can students gain industry certification? 

The content of most of our courses is based on and/or informed by IT industry certificates. Having industry certificates will give graduates an added advantage in the competitive job market. Our networking courses at first and second year are developed by Cisco. We also cover the contents of some certificates in Software Development Methodology, Project Management and IT Service Management as part of the BIT curriculum. 

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