The Glimpse at the Future of Software Academia
Posted: Thursday, Apr 18

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The Glimpse at the Future of Software Academia

Software is key to a computers’ functionality and in fact, a system can’t operate without it. As we continually become more reliant on computers, the demand for software and application developers will increase – by 27 per cent from 2021 to 2026.1

From the late 1940s through the 1970s, the concept of software development has its’ origins in simplistic terms – via code written on manual punch cards and then fed into big computer mainframes for execution. Ada Lovelace, the pioneer of computer programming recognised the potential of machines in the mid-19th century and created the first algorithm. Grace Hopper, known as the ‘Queen of Code’ also played a pivotal role to develop programming languages. Their insight and vision significantly contributed to the history of software development as we know it today.2

Most Software and Applications Programmers work in the professional, scientific and technical services industry, but can also be employed in industries like financial and insurance services, public administration and safety, and media and telecommunications. Programmers design, develop, test, maintain and document program code in accordance with user requirements, and system and technical specifications.

The Institute of Applied Technology – Digital (IAT Digital) is the new way to get the digital skills Australia needs, with courses designed by trusted industry and education experts to complement a students’ experience and fit with their life. The IAT Digital has two Software Microcredentials developed and designed in combination with our industry partners including Macquarie University, UTS, Microsoft and more. Courses include:

  • Software Programming and Data Modelling
  • Software Quality Assurance and Testing

Microcredentials are practical and academic courses that can be applied directly to the workplace. Students can embrace a new career or upskill as a Software Engineer, Software Tester, Analyst Programmer or Developer Programmer. The courses will provide certification in industry-specific skills, and can be stacked with other Microcredentials to gain the skills they need to get ahead in their industry.


  1. Labour Market Insights, 2021, ‘Software and Applications Programmers’,
  2. MOHA Software, 2023, ‘History of Software Development – The Epic Journey’,
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