Sometimes the most challenging part of a job search is knowing where to begin. Well, if you looking for a job that is interesting, flexible, fun and well-paying, look no further than tech. Tech is the industry of both the present and the future, and the possibilities it offers you are almost endless.
Read on to learn why tech is so much more than staring at a computer screen.
Why Should You Work in Tech? 600,000 Jobs Available Now (and More Than a Million in 2020)
Tech is a growing field, with open jobs right now, and even more choices in the future. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment in information technology will grow by an average of more than 20 percent over the next few years, with demand for IT pros like database administrators and developers increasing by more than 30 percent.
High Pay and Good Benefits
The average salary in tech is $85,000 per year. Plus, the pay for men and women in the industry is equal across titles and experience, so you can say goodbye to the pay gap! Tech-related jobs also frequently offer the possibility for freelancing, flexible hours, remote working and job sharing. Translation: You'll have more control over how and where you work.
Opportunities in Every Company and Industry
Every industry and business — from local shops to multinational corporations — needs technology. Whether you're interested in nonprofits, social media, health care or just helping businesses do business better, there's a tech-related role for you.
What Tech Jobs Should You Consider?
Some of the fastest-growing and most in-demand areas are: Web design and development, programming, security, databases, systems, engineering, testing and research. These fields offer the best job prospects, as well as excellent pay. Consider these roles:
1. Web Designer: If you enjoy turning visions into reality and creating engaging user experiences, you'll love designing websites and applications that are fun and easy to use.
2. Web Developer: As a Web developer, you'll be building and developing websites and apps, so you could be the force behind the next big digital craze.
3. IT Engineer: As a software engineer, you’ll define, develop, install and evaluate computer software and systems. This position is perfect for you if you're a problem-solving team player.
4. Security Specialist: Security specialists are the front line of defense in combating cyber threats and ensuring the safety of information and systems.
5. Database Administrator: "Big data" is the lifeline of businesses. As a database administrator, you'll specialize in making sure data is properly stored, organized and accessible.
6. Systems Analyst: As a systems analyst, you'll help organizations operate more efficiently and effectively by making sure their IT meets their needs and goals. Consider this challenging and rewarding career if you are able to easily grasp "the big picture," assess the options and work with others to find tech solutions.
7. Quality Assurance Tester: An eye for detail, good communication and critical thinking skills will allow you to succeed as a quality assurance tester. In this role, you'll design, document, perform and report on testing of software or systems, as well as assist in its planning and development.
8. IT Researcher: Are you ready to tackle the problems that only tech can solve? As an IT researcher, you'll investigate and discover solutions and innovations using your knowledge of technology and your ability to imagine all the possibilities it offers.
Now that you’re excited about working in tech, it's time to get the skills you need.
Start by learning the foundations of the Internet — HTML and CSS. HTML, or HyperText Markup Language, is the main building block of the Web. It's the only thing you actually need to make a website and it's really easy to learn. It's not particularly pretty by itself, but it's what makes a site work. CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, is used to format and design the look of a website. There can be no CSS without HTML; HTML builds the foundation for everything, while CSS does the decorating.
These skills will qualify you for lots of fantastic jobs — and serve as that all-important first step on your journey to a great career in tech!
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