Skip to Main Content

IT, Computing and Data Science

Roles in IT, computing and data science

The IT sector is very broad, containing people who develop, maintain, and provide support for software and hardware. Some jobs in this field can be highly technical and can require knowledge of coding and software management.

Other jobs require a high degree of communication skills, to sell products, share ideas, or get across new ways of working eg. IT consultant, IT sales professional, and technical support officer. Creative work such as games design and multimedia programming can also require these kinds of skills. Data science is a rapidly growing area, too, requiring both technical and analytical skills.

Brighton is a digital hub with many e-learning, IT and games companies recruiting for roles in IT, marketing and e-learning.

IT professionals can be found working in almost any job sector, including in finance, government, retail and marketing. IT consultants can be found working with clients or organisations to improve their IT systems.


FinTech is the application of digital technologies to deliver financial products and services. It is more than just a support function at financial organisations. It is at the heart of innovation and change in the sector. Jobs can be found in big financial institutions as well as technology start-ups.

Schemes to increase diversity in the IT sector

Various schemes exist to help increase diversity in this sector

Important skills for this sector

  • Awareness of, and ability to adapt to change
  • Ability to cope with a high work load and competing demands
  • An analytical mind and the ability to stick to decisions are important for evaluating and implementing new ideas
  • Good customer service skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Assertiveness
  • A strong work ethic

Related sectors

The following sectors may also be of interest: