If there is one thing that remains constant it’s change, and this has become a common element in the fields of modern science and technology. As a major driver of societal progress, technology has never ceased to amaze us - instead it keeps growing year after year. This has undoubtedly led to the digital revolution that allowed the IT sector to have many of the highest paid careers in the world.
If you are tech-savvy and interested in technology or looking to change career have a look at the list of careers below, see what each one entails and take your pick.
1. Computer Systems Analyst
Computer system analysts work with computers and related systems to come up with new IT solutions. They also change, develop or adapt any existing systems in an attempt to improve business efficiency and productivity. More specifically, they examine current IT systems and business models, analyse system requirements, implement and test possible solutions. Their job is to bring business and information technology together by working through the limitations and needs of both.
2. Web Developer
Web developers are responsible for building and maintaining websites and web applications. They may choose to focus purely on how servers, applications and databases communicate (back-end), the interface and visual design (front-end) or both (full-stack development). Their primary task is creating reliable and high performing applications and services that meet the demands of their clients. The job is varied, project-based and can be quite flexible because they can easily work as freelancers.
Salary: up to £50,000
3. Software Tester
Software testers are responsible for carrying out automated and manual tests to ensure the software created by developers meets the requirements for its purpose. These professionals get actively involved in the analysis of software and systems searching for bugs and any issues within a product before it’s ready for use. To be able to carry out their job and prevent risk and software problems, they need to be familiar with programming and languages since they may need to debug code, but this is often carried out by the developer who wrote the code.
Salary: up to £50,000
4. Software Engineer
Software engineers are responsible for developing information systems by designing and installing software solutions. Their main duties include executing the full lifecycle software development, programming well-designated, testable and efficient code, producing specifications and determining operational feasibility. These professionals may choose to specialise in areas of development, such as networks, operating systems, databases or applications. Since software engineering is a rapidly changing field, those who manage to succeed in the field are constantly building on their skills and knowledge.
5. Information Security Specialist
Information security specialists are digital policemen. Their main duties are to defend IT infrastructure and networks and combat cybercrime. They do this by analysing where security breaches occur and repair or strengthen systems against such breaches. These professionals may work with different types of computer networks and may be based in a range of industries. Most choose to work in government, the defence or banking sector where they are required to have expertise in cloud computing, laptop, mobile telephone and application technologies.
Salary: up to £80,000
6. Data Scientist
Data scientists are responsible for managing digital information. The purpose of their work is to get actionable insights from huge data sets. While their role is similar to software engineers and data engineers and work closely with them, these professionals are focused on one particular aspect of the process. Their job is to build analysis on top of data to understand customer behaviour or create a machine learning algorithm that is implemented into the code base by data and software engineers.
7. Technical Architect
Technical architects are responsible for overseeing the creation and maintenance of a company’s network and other web-related systems. Also, they review business structure to make sure that the flow and functionality of the Internet and other applications is responding to the required standards. It is a very flexible profession as technical architects can choose to work in an office, self-employed or as consultants.
8. UX/UI Designer
UX and UI designers are amongst the newest roles that emerged within the tech industry. Their role in web design is vital because it helps to improve the ‘user experience’ for individuals who use websites or other applications so that the content and functionality makes sense to them. To do this, they design sites and software that is specifically targeted to certain groups and end users. They use software tools to build applications and sites that are easy-to-use, visually appealing and engaging to increase the likelihood of the user returning to the site.
Salary: up to £60,000
9. IT Manager
IT managers are responsible for the operation of the computer systems within an organisation. Job duties include overseeing the installation, ensuring that backup systems work properly, purchasing hardware and software and taking involvement in organisational policy on quality standards and strategic planning. Becoming an IT manager requires prior experience in the field in areas such as technical support or operations. The profession has already started taking more central role within business and the number of jobs is likely to increase in the future.
Salary: up to £55,000
10. DevOps Engineer
DevOps is the process of software development and delivery process that focuses on communication and collaboration between product management, software developer and operations professionals. The purpose of DevOps is to automate and monitor the process of software integration, testing, deployment and infrastructure changes, making it more effective and reliable. The term refers to an approach to work rather than a distinct role. Although, not officially a job title on its own most job adverts have begun using terms like ‘DevOps Engineer’.
*Note that all salaries vary depending on your experience, your employer, location and industry and in this article they provide an indication of what you could be earning in the job.
If you want to work in any of these jobs, make sure to conduct some research into it to find out more about educational requirements, day-to-day duties and career progression. This information can help you come up with a realistic plan on your chosen career path.
Which of these professions can you see yourself in? Let us know in the comments section below…