blog From the thought-provoking blog of REA Group chief information officer Nigel Dalton and his consulting colleague James Pierce comes the news that Australia is currently training many more fitness instructors than IT professionals. A couple of shocking statistics:
“Australian employers get access to maybe 4500 ICT grads every year, whereas the Aussie fitness industry is over-run by 8,163 fresh grads every year. There are twice as many personal trainers as ICT graduates entering the Australian workforce every year!”
We won’t speculate whether this has anything to do with the current popularity of shows like The Biggest Loser, but it certainly is disturbing. What it says, essentially, is that Australia is broadly more focused on its own lifestyle choices — staying fit and keeping healthy — than on knowledge-worker careers such as working in IT, despite the fact that the IT profession obviously offers a much more extensive career path and quite likely higher overall earning potential than working as a fitness instructor. Fitness instruction is also not really going to contribute towards Australia’s export potential.
Sounds like we really need to get incentivising people to get into IT — as Freelancer.com chief executive Matt Barrie has recently been suggesting. Of course, I’m not personally the poster child for becoming an IT professional — I left my career as a systems administrator a decade ago to become a journalist instead and write about all of your exploits ;)