Want to work in Nigeria’s IT sector? Read this!

If you're creative and are a problem-solver, a career in tech could be for you (Shutterstock)

Find out everything you need to know about pursuing a career in the telecommunications sector.

Information technology, tech, IT and telecommunications are the 21st century buzzwords.

Wonder why?

The telecommunications industry is growing at an astronomical rate, and more and more recruiters are jumping on the bandwagon. If your love for tech goes beyond your screen, a career in tech could be for you.

Score a recognised qualification

Whether you’re interested in developing programmes for businesses or would prefer to design new IT solutions, formal education will be a good place to start. Most IT professionals qualify with a degree or diploma with majors in Computer Science or Information Technology.

However, if your time is limited but would still like to boost your skillset, why not register for Business Systems Analysis short online course with GetSmarter. Not only will you be offered the flexibility you desire, but by the end of the 10-week course you’ll walk away with a certificate approved by the University of Cape Town – Africa’s leading institution.

Be head-hunted by Nigeria’s top tech companies

There aren’t enough skilled IT professionals, which is why competition is tight among the best tech employers. MTN, Globacom, Etisalat, Airtel and Google are some of the country’s hottest employers looking for candidates who are personable, smart, driven and have the right qualification to back it up.

Essential skills that will get you hired especially at junior level include:

- JCL; RPG400; Visual Basic

- MS.NET DB2;

- Data Warehousing; MS SQL Server MS

- SMS

- DEC-VMS; Apple

- Cisco; Voice IP; CICS; TCP/IP

- SAP; Oracle-CRM

- Prince2; Business Objects

Think you have what it takes to join the crème de la crème? Check out the companies that are currently hiring.

Expect a fast-paced, creative environment

If you’re a problem-solver who loves being in the thick of things and thrive on increased responsibilities and power, you’ll never have a dull moment. From corporates and start-ups in health, media, finance or any other industry, your creative knack and problem-solving skills will never become obsolete.

The right skills will earn you top nairas

IT salaries are competitive, especially in sectors such as banking. However, because your IT skills will form an integral a part of driving the business forward, you can expect a good package no matter which sector you settle on.

If more money is on your mind, you’ll want a career as a sales engineer, a software engineer, a UX designer, a database administrator and a computer hardware engineer, which are among the most highly paid in tech.

And as you work your way up the ranks you’ll perhaps join some of Nigeria’s most successful telecoms tycoons. Mike Adenuga, Jim Ovia and Naguib Sawiris – are just a few.  

Feel ready to kickstart your career in IT? Browse our tech jobs and find your perfect position today!