With many universities offering courses in computer science and information technology, one of the most talked about areas of study is technology transfer.
However, a recent survey by IT expert and tech writer Paul O’Connor found that only a minority of graduates of computer science programs were able to find employment in the tech industry.
O’Connor interviewed 20 computer science graduates from universities across the country, including seven who were employed in technology jobs and another nine who were looking for a new job.
“Most of the graduates I spoke to were unsure if they would consider entering a tech career, even if they knew they wanted to,” he said.
Students who wanted to study computer science at a top computer school were less likely to pursue a job in the technology industry than those who were less interested, the survey showed.
The IT industry is one of Australia’s largest.
There are more than 150,000 people working in the IT industry and almost half of them are women.
The Australian Institute of Technology has a $1.5 billion budget and is responsible for more than 40 per cent of the country’s computer science funding.
Computer science students are also one of its fastest growing areas of enrolment, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The IT industry employs more than 200,000 graduates and has a median salary of about $100,000.
However, it has also faced some challenges.
According to the IT Skills Australia, computer science enrolments have declined by 23 per cent since 2008.
A number of major universities have also cut computer science degrees in recent years.
The Australian University of Technology (AUST) is the largest, with more than 7,000 computer science students, but only 4 per cent are employed in the sector.
There are more opportunities in the tertiary sector, with universities across Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria offering a range of degrees in the subject.