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National Techies Day Highlights Technology Careers

Posted On10/03/2019

ContributorSheri Pepper

Rebecca Ferlotti

With October 3 being National Techies Day, you might wonder if a career in technology is right for you. A growing demand for technology professionals plus high starting salaries and low barriers to entry make this field a dream for people who love computers, advanced technologies, and cool, new gadgets.

The Booming Tech Job Market

According to tech industry group CompTIA, U.S. companies currently have some 700,000 unfilled jobs within information technology careers, a statistic that presents good odds for those who are entering the workforce, switching professions, or stepping up their career trajectories. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts tech jobs will be in high demand for a long time and will likely experience a 13% increase from 2016 to 2026

While there are plenty of tech careers available, cyber security professionals are in particularly high demand. A study by Modis uncovered that employers’ ideal candidates are “obsessed with security,” which means individuals traveling along the cyber security job track have many positions to pick from.

Tech Job Options

For example, information security analyst is a viable career path for people with technology security skills. This position pays just shy of $100,000 on average. Plus, the Modis study found employers have a hard time finding people with this specific interest, which gives job seekers an advantage at the negotiating table.

Technology jobs do not always require a bachelor’s degree, but having a four-year degree can open up a range of career opportunities, such as:

  • Software developer
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Computer network architect

All of these job titles pay over $80,000 median annual salary, with some coming in at over $100,000. As a general guideline, people who choose an IT career can expect to make anywhere from $55,000 to $175,000 annually.

A number of tech jobs don’t always require a four-year degree. For example, web developer roles usually pay a decent salary (around $70,000) and often only require an associate degree. Certain customer support roles often require two years of schooling vs. four. For people who do not want to commit to college, coding bootcamps or tech certification courses may offer a better path.

Other Considerations of Tech Jobs

In addition to some level of education, companies frequently seek out candidate attributes such as soft skills, digital leadership skills, and specialty experience. LinkedIn’s most recent study concluded that cloud computing, artificial intelligence, analytical reasoning, and mobile application development are among the top 25 required technical skills listed in tech career job posts.

As a candidate, remember that you need to interview potential employers in addition to them interviewing you. Because technology companies offer similar salaries, you have to narrow down your options based on additional criteria.

Some benefits to discuss:

  • Remote work and flex time
  • Mentorship programs
  • Continuing education
  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • Bonus structure or stock options

Diversity is another point of contention for employees (and employers) in the tech space. When considering a company, you might want to find out if it has a diversity and inclusion policy. If not, take a good look at the culture to make sure the company is a good fit for you.

Choosing the Tech Career That’s Right for You

Tech career options are nearly limitless, which is why Nelson is here to help pare down your options. We customize our placement process by ensuring we understand your interests and experience before matching you with potential employers. We can’t wait to help you land your dream career in tech. Contact us today!