Many career opportunities in tech are open to those who don’t have any programming knowledge but want to be involved in the vibrant tech scene. Of course, due to IT technologies and coding we have whatever we want, even tool that can “do my project for me”.
Find out about the 10 most lucrative career options in technology.
Designer for User Interface
It is similar to UX but the user interface design (UI), gives more importance to the design of interfaces.
UI designers design the software’s interface. UI designers are often responsible:
- Every stage of visual design, from brainstorming through engineering.
- Clear communication of ideas to users via well-designed wireframes. Storyboards. User flows. Sitemaps.
- To make the interface seamless, you need to design each element of the website or web application in a way that they work together.
User Experience Designer
UX designers (user experience) design products with the end user in mind. Their primary goal: increasing user satisfaction.
UX can be a very diverse field. UXers can focus only on user research while others may be more involved in prototyping products.
These are the key responsibilities:
- User research: Understanding users through interviews and other methods such as card sorting.
- Information architecture: Understanding the best ways to organize content on a website or an app.
- Data-driven Design: Making design decisions based upon data analysis.
- Prototyping/wireframing: creating test versions for websites/web apps.
Software Quality Testing
Software quality testers, or SQTs, test the software products’ quality before public release to make sure they are functioning properly.
This field is not related to Quality Assurance (QA), but is still relevant.
SQTs perform functional, stress, scalability, and other tests on a variety of customer scenarios in an effort to “break” software. The goal is to eliminate bugs and improve the quality of the final product.
Search Engine Optimization Specialist
While SEO is often considered marketing, it also has technical aspects. For example, it deals with improving rankings in search engines, whose algorithms are continuously being optimized to ensure relevance.
SEO specialists work closely with developers and web designers in order to ensure the best SEO practices are applied across a website/webapp.
SEO specialists may also be responsible for the following:
- Keyword research.
- To drive SEO in content creation, work with content teams.
- Optimize copy to improve search engine ranking
- Analyzing, tracking, and reporting on website analytics and PPC campaign performance.
These jobs require an aptitude for trend spotting, data set analysis and the ability to explain the results in layman’s terms.
Strong mathematical and analytical skills are key to the role data analysts play, notably knowledge of statistics–collection and organization of large sets of data are central to the job description. Certain companies may also require programming expertise.
Web Analytics Specialist
Web analytics can be used to improve SEO and digital marketing. Specialists are focused on site traffic measurement, goal setting for site elements, user experience visualization via Google Analytics, and monitoring site changes with A/B test.
Web analysis specialists work for multiple clients through different agencies. As such, expect to deal with more than one website depending on the size of the agency and their workflow.
Software Sales for Enterprises
If you are a skilled sales professional, enterprise software sales is a lucrative career. The best performers in this field are often rewarded with bonuses and commissions, just like any other sales job.
Software-as-a-service sales, more typically known as ‘SaaS sales’ functions primarily as business-to-business (B2B) service.
As is the case with many sales roles, high rewards come with high risks. Quotas, high-pressure-high-stakes negotiations, and extensive travel often take a toll on family life, so knowing what you’re getting into at the outset is important.
Growth hackers, also known as specialist in user acquisition, fall under the marketing umbrella.
The growth hacker is a common tool used by startups. It combines marketing, technology and business development, with a laser focus to user acquisition. They create and implement onboarding strategies, test extensively, measure results, adjust plans, or even throw them out, depending on customer response and engagement. This role requires agility and flexibility to be effective.
Tech Support Specialist
Tech support jobs can require a degree, depending on the technical nature of your support. However, for other types of support jobs, a degree is not required.
The greatest advantage for those in this industry is their flexibility. Many tech support companies offer flexible scheduling and the ability to work remotely. As long you can interact with customers and help solve their problems with technology, it doesn’t matter if your office is in a cubicle.
It is essential that you have a strong understanding of tech issues and products, as well a solid communication skill.
Many technical recruiters act as intermediaries between companies and programmers and developers. They don’t have to be tech-savvy or coders, but they do need to understand the bigger technical landscape to gain the expertise needed to fill the highly-specialized jobs they’re assigned to.
A technical recruiter must have great communication skills. It is advantageous to have experience working in the technology field.