IT

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By Sam Banda Jnr

 

Information Technology IT has become a career which is essential in the civil service, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, colleges and schools. IT professionals perform a variety of duties that range from installing applications to designing complex computer networks and information databases. 

 

Opportunities

 

IT professionals are important in Malawi and are found in almost all the sectors. Nesamu Makunje, an IT expert working for Blantyre Newspapers Limited, says the salary package depends on the institution you are working for.

 

“IT experts are contributing a lot to development these days and are in demand. That can be demonstrated by the number of adverts for IT personnel in newspapers,” he says.

 

There are many different IT positions, ranging from IT Managers to System Administrators, Software Managers, Computer and Software Managers and more.

 

Career Path 

 

For young women and men to climb the IT ladder and excel in this field you need to do well in science subjects. To enrol at the University of Malawi and pursue a Bachelor of Science majoring in computer science you need to get credits in science subjects and should have six credits including English during the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE).

 

 The same applies to getting a degree in Information Technology at Mzuzu University or Polytechnic, where you need to have six credits during MSCE including English.  However, in some private colleges you enrol with an MSCE certificate and start with a certificate and then get a diploma.

 

Some of the subjects that IT professionals learn include Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Software Engineering.

 

Salaries

 

Just like other careers, IT professionals who are experienced receive a good package. Makunje says some institutions which have the financial capacity start their employees at K100, 000, with others going beyond that.

 

“Some companies even have an impressive starting salary, especially when you are a graduate. Those with diplomas follow just below,” he says.

 

He says those in managerial positions have salaries that are way beyond K500,000, and some even hit K 1 million.

 

“It all depends on the institution you are working for. In government there are often benefits, including allowances, and also scholarships to further studies,” says Makunje.

 

Gender

 

The career is dominated by men, a situation which starts from secondary education where many young women are not encouraged to take science subjects. According to Makunje the percentage of men to women working in the IT profession would be 70 percent for men and 30 percent for women.

 

“Where I work we do not have any female staff, we are all men. That tells you a story. But with time things will change,” he says.

 

Colleges for IT

 

University of Malawi – Chancellor College

University of Malawi – Polytechnic

Mzuzu University

National College of Information Technology

New Horizon

Various private colleges in Malawi’s three cities of Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre.

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