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Job Description

You could work in a wide range of businesses and industries, public services, utilities, defence and research. You'll work closely with project managers, business analysts and graphic designers, to find out what the client wants and the best way to achieve. it.

Entry Requirements

You may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship if you've developed some programming skills and can show a strong interest in the subject.

The TECH Partnership has details of digital apprenticeships at all levels.

It also has details of the Software Development for Business degree available at some universities.

Other suitable qualifications are a foundation degree, HND or degree in computing or a related subject, like:

  • computer science
  • information technology
  • software development
  • software engineering
  • mathematics
  • business information systems

Some companies will accept you onto their graduate training scheme without an IT-related degree if you understand programming languages and frameworks, project management and development methods.

You could also study for a postgraduate IT conversion qualification.

The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) has information about training and qualifications.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could become a senior developer, with team or project management, planning or research responsibilities. You could move into related areas like systems design, IT architecture and business systems analysis.

You could also set up your own business or work as a consultant.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Business analyst
  • IT project manager
  • E-learning developer
  • Technical architect
  • Web developer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Good organisational skills
  • Analytical and commercial experience
  • A very strong interest in computer software and design
  • Good communication and team working skills

Starting Salary

£20,000 to £25,000

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