Choosing a career in tech – which job role is right for you?

Choosing the perfect career is tricky as there are thousands of routes you can go down! Whether you are starting off with a Computer Science Degree or swapping roles it’s difficult knowing where to start.

Here is an overview of some roles in the tech industry that may help you to decide which route you want to go down.

IT Support & DevOps

Potential job roles: 

1st Line Support Engineer, 2nd Line Support Engineer, Service Desk Manager, Service Desk Analyst, DevOps Engineer.

What do they do?

The job of an IT support engineer is to install and maintain systems and hardware within a range of organisations from schools to start-ups. The role involves installing systems, diagnosing hardware and software faults and solving technical problems with customers, either over the phone or in person. DevOps engineers build, test and maintain the infrastructure and tools to create a faster development and release of software. 

Where can you progress to?

Service Desk Manager, Systems Engineer, Information System Administrator, Head of DevOps.

What does it require?

  • In-depth knowledge of hardware and software.
  • Strong customer service ethos.
  • A logical mind
  • Communication skills
  • Use of your own initiative to answer queries
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Software Development

Potential job roles: 

It is what is say’s on the tin - Software Developer. You can specify in different coding languages depending on what you feel the most comfortable in. Languages and tech include: PHP, C#, JavaScript, Python, Java  etc. You will have to research and if you are doing a degree see what best suits you as you go!

What do they do?

Software Developers create Software! They are responsible for designing the computer programmes and operating systems that we use in everyday life.

Where can you progress to?

Senior Software Developer, Team Lead and eventually Development Manager. 

What does it require?

  • Mathematical mind
  • Patience
  • A problem solver!
  • A computer science degree or equivalent
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • A logical, analytical and creative approach to problems
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Software Testing

Potential job roles:

Automation Tester, Manual Tester, Test Analyst, QA Tester.

What do they do?

A tester checks software projects and raw code from developers to find any bugs and errors which will stop the code working properly! They work closely with the developers, testing out software in multiple ways and creating reports for what needs improving before the project can be successfully delivered. 

Where can you progress to?

Test Manager, Head of Development

What does it require? (Soft skills, tech skills)

  • Wanting to test the code
  • A determined and focused nature
  • An inquisitive way of thinking
  • Looking at a project in detailed small chunks
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Digital Marketing & Creative

Potential job roles:

Digital Marketing Executive, Graphic Designer, Web Designer, UX Designer

What do they do?

This is probably the most varied sector of the IT industry with so many different specialisms available. Working within marketing will mostly focus around digital forms of marketing such as campaigns, PPC, SEO and adverts but some positions may be more creative including content writing and social media. A graphics based role involves creating and adapting logos, websites and other digital images. 

Where can you progress to?

Senior Account Manager, Head of Marketing, Head of Design

What does it require? (Soft skills, tech skills)

  • Creative mindset
  • Desire to work alone and also in a team
  • Visual eye
  • Thinking-outside-the-box attitude
  • Ability to meet specific deadlines
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Data Science

Potential job roles:

Data Analyst, Information Analyst, Data Scientist, Machine Learning Engineer, BI Developer, Statistician, Database Administrator

What do they do?

A job within the Data Science sector will always revolve around identifying, manipulating, recording and following up on data but can be related to almost every aspect of life or a business. Similarly to other roles within IT there are key software tools that Data Science positions use to convert findings into clear and concise information. 

Where can you progress to?

Lead Analyst, Data Architect, Enterprise Architect, Head of Data

What does it require? (Soft skills, tech skills)

  • Eye for detail
  • Analytical mind
  • Scientific thought-process
  • Skilled in Maths
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