If you’re into IT as a Programmer or Analyst, chances are you haven’t considered the forest and wood products industry.
Not only will you have the opportunity to drive this change – but you’ll have the satisfaction of working with one of the world’s most environmentally friendly materials, sustainably sourced wood.
Roles will vary according to the position, however your working day could include:
- Troubleshooting and problem solving
- Systems analysis and programming
- Software development
- Data aggregation and analysis
- Report design
- Liaising with operators and management.
Relevant experience, plus good analysis and problem solving, good written and verbal communication skills, able to accept responsibility and ability to work autonomously or as part of a team.
A high level of understanding and commitment to occupational health and safety is essential.
A graduate or postgraduate degree in computer science or the equivalent.
Employers in the forest and wood products industry are very supportive of ongoing training and skills development.
Potential employers include:
- Wood processors and wood product manufacturers
- Industry suppliers
Bachelor of Computer Science – Computer Technology with First Class Honours
What is a typical day for an Analyst Programmer?
Usually I start off in the office and review our software to see if it is continuing to meet the requirements of the business. If when assessing a business need, I find an area that needed to be improved, I talk to the users and discuss exactly what new systems they require, work on that system, develop it, test it out, come out on site and install it.
The day is varied; I get to go in and out of the office, which is an aspect of my job that I really enjoy.
That’s definitely one of the benefits; you can talk to people directly and not be sitting in your office all day. Being on site also means responding to issues that arise a lot quicker and being able to facilitate what the workers are trying to achieve. It also provides real time feedback and a lot of reporting and information that we couldn’t of otherwise gotten, so in that way I can actually see what I do making a difference.
Nancy talks about the benefits of working as an analyst/programmer in the forest and wood products industry.
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