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Computing & IT Jobs

Technology is expanding at such a rapid pace you can find computer and IT jobs almost anywhere in South Africa. These job range from computer operators to highly educated programmers who specialise in specific computer languages. Computing and IT jobs require a matric and some degree of secondary education, whether it is a four-year degree or classes in a specific area of study. Computing and IT jobs that do not require a matric are rare and would most likely want you to have a vast amount of hands-on experience. The best way to break into this field is through education and experience. If you do get the education and a position in this field expect to make anywhere from R11 000 monthly as a computer technician to over R29 000 as a network engineering manager.

General Education

Students in the school system who have reached grades 10-12 and are interested in technology jobs should enrol in computer classes. These basic classes offered in high school lay a strong foundation for advanced classes in post-high school courses. Schools that offer vocational classes with computer classes should be considered. After receiving a matric, students with these skills are ready to move on to technical schools and colleges.

College

All universities in South Africa require a matric and most have additional requirements. Anyone wishing to pursue an advanced degree in computers, such as network engineering should consider attending a university. If a four-year school is not ideal, there are technical schools that teach the core subject without unnecessary classes. For example, computer networking would focus on computer networking without the additional general education requirements. The end result is similar; however, a four-year degree tends to help careers advance quicker.

Online Education

If the cost of a college education is a problem, there are online courses that teach many different areas of computing and IT jobs. For example, the IT Academy offers a variety of courses that are reasonably priced and provide a certificate upon completion. Prices vary but can range from R5 495 for a web and graphics programme to R9 995 for an IT professional course.

Finding computing and IT jobs is not difficult if you have the education and skills necessary to perform the work. Having your matric is the first step; however, most of these jobs require you to have additional education, such as a college degree or certificate from courses.

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