Today’s high-tech career pathways can be an enigma. Job descriptions and even some job titles evolve as quickly as new technology. In order to compete for the best jobs, our workforce not only needs to stay apprised of the options, but also know how to sharpen their skills.
Though it’s hardly an exhaustive list, here are 6 of the most in-demand high tech careers available today.
1. Software Engineer
Similar: Application or Software Developer, Computer Programmer
The software engineer, or developer, is probably the most common role associated with tech. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there were well over 1 million people employed in this role in 2016. The number of jobs in this field is predicted to grow at 24 percent over the next eight years.
This is especially true if you consider that the roles listed below all have some crossover as well. As a result, most employers will look for a degree in computer science or equivalent. Due to the shifting job market, employers will often consider applicants with less traditional educational paths, often utilizing a coding test project to assess skills and process fit.
This role can be a great gateway career path or long-term specialization option.
Software engineers work with a cross-functional team to build software products, develop games, and create other digital applications.
- 71 Places to Learn to Code for Free
- Code.org – one-hour tutorials designed for all ages in over 45 languages
- Codeacademy – online coding courses
- Computer Science Courses on edX
2. Programmer Analyst
Similar: Software Developer, Systems Analyst, Business Analyst
A programmer analyst combines the skills of a software engineer and a systems analyst. Systems analysts determine how well software, hardware, and IT systems in general might work for a business, either theirs or a clients. Combined with a software engineer’s knowledge of building software from the code up, a system analyst takes advantage of both of these skill sets in designing and developing software and computer systems. Systems analysts collaborate with software engineers to implement their designs and then to update and repair existing programs.
3. System Architect
Similar: IT Network Infrastructure, Engineer, DevOps
The system architect is the master planner of a software system’s IT strategy and technology stack. Not only does this require software engineering expertise, but also good communication and an open mind.
- What Exactly Does a System Architect Do?
- The Difference Between a System Architecture and Software Architecture
4. Security Analyst
Similar: Network Security Engineer, Cybersecurity Auditor, Systems Analyst
The security analyst is like the digital bouncer. They have to be able to monitor and assess digital threats from humans and bots.
- SANS Cyber Aces – free online cybersecurity courses
5. Robotics Engineer
Similar: Robotics Design Engineer, Industrial Automation Engineer
Robotics engineers develop computerized mechanical systems involving software and hardware. They often have backgrounds in mechanical engineering or machine design, though software engineering is another in-road.
6. GIS Analyst
Similar: Remote Sensing Analyst, GIS Solutions Engineer
A GIS Analyst collects and visualizes complex data to make it more accessible for practical applications.
- Learn GIS for Free – list of free online GIS courses
Many communities have non-profit organizations that work with people seeking technical jobs or transitioning careers. In Eugene, organizations like Lane Community College, Worksource Lane, Elevate Lane County, and Apprenti Careers provide support and training solutions for the local workforce. If you aren’t sure who is serving your area, search for your local workforce expert and ask them for more information.
Don’t Hesitate to Ask for Help
Look for trusted mentors who have achieved some of your career goals to help you along the way, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. A quick phone call or text message can be a great lifeline before the next big career interview.
Good luck! We’d love to hear your success story.
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