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Information & Communications Technology

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has developed through digitising data, and bringing computing and communication together in the same environment.  ICT is widely used in financial management, design, stock control, sales, marketing, education and training, project management and communication. 

Database Administrators manage and supervise computer databases. 

Help Desk Operators help users to overcome problems encountered in using computers. 

Multimedia Specialists develop and control by computer a combination of media like text, graphics, sound, photographic images, animation and video. 

Network Administrators (Network Managers or Network Controllers) oversee and maintain computer networks, ensuring that they run smoothly. 

Software Engineers (Analyst Programmers) design and create computer programs (software). 

Systems Analysts (Systems Designers) investigate and analyse a problem, design a suitable computer system to deal with it, and set up and test the system. 

Webmasters set up and run websites on the Internet.


For further information please see:


E-skills UK Ltd

1 Castle Lane     London     SW1E 6DR
Tel:  020 7963 8920      Fax:  020 7592 9138     
Website  www.e-skills.com - Choose careers

British Computer Society  

1st Foor Block D   North Star House   North Star Avenue  Swindon  SN2 1FA
Tel:  0845 300 4417     
Website  www.bcs.org.uk - Choose careers

General information on Northern Ireland based careers can be found on www.careersserviceni.com - Choose explore careers

Courses in information and communications technology and associated areas are available at a number of higher education institutions.  Please see the UCAS site www.ucas.ac.uk for more information - Choose students then courses. 

For information on modern apprenticeships, see the Engineering Training Council (Northern Ireland) site www.etcni.org.uk - Choose careers then modern apprenticeships.


Other Useful Websites:

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)www.bbc.co.uk/jobs (careers website)
British Interactive Multimedia Associationwww.bima.co.uk (general website) 
Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionalswww.cilip.org.uk - Choose jobs and careers
Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneyswww.cipa.org.uk - Choose about CIPA then careers in IP
Government Communications Headquarterswww.gchq.gov.uk - Choose recruitment then careers
Institute for the Management of Information Systemswww.imis.org.uk - Choose qualifications
Mathematical Associationwww.m-a.org.uk - Choose teaching mathematics with ICT 
Operational Research Societywww.orsoc.org.uk - Choose careers in OR
Women into Science and Engineeringwww.wisecampaign.org.uk - Choose girls