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5 Great Tech Jobs To Keep In Mind Before Learning Code

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If you are a beginner in code, like me, before jumping with both feet into learning a programming language, how about taking a look at some careers in technology?

There are many languages on the list of the most used and required when looking for a job in technology, but before starting this long path of learning code, it is best to investigate which tech career has more to do with you. The list below is a good place to start your search. Why do not you take a look at some technology careers that are in high demand?

There are several ways to find out a bit more about a career before joining it. You can ask for professionals in the field, understand what the principal job tasks are. You can do a job search to check the required skills and average salary. You can follow some companies on LinkedIn to know about their culture and what expect from the work environment. But the most important is to understand which of the various careers in technology is the one that most identify with what you are looking for. And you need to have it clear before you roll up your sleeves and start working hard to position yourself in the job market.

It was one of the major mistakes I made in the last year. If you still do not know, I’ve been trying to learn code for over a year without success. And one of the reasons for my failure was my lack of focus on the career I would like to put my efforts into. So, for you do not make the same mistakes as I did, here is a list of some technology careers that you should take a look at to get started.

1. Developer

What exactly is a developer?

A developer is a key person behind all software applications. They are proficient in some languages depending on their job’s role, and these differences may classify them as a software developer, application developer, mobile developer, Web developer, among others. Although the primary job role is writing code, a developer will also gather other requirements for the software, like design or architecture, sometimes the software documentation and other tasks related to the development processes.

What does a developer do?

By Karen Zoeller


The range of salary can change depending on your location. I did a search in the glassdoor for the general “developers” job offers in the USA and Germany. The entrance level salary is quite similar, but there is a huge difference in the average and high position salaries. Of course, there are many things to consider in the quality of life of the employee that are not well represented in one specific number as a salary.

USA salary range for Developers, November 2018.
Germany salary range for Developers, November 2018.

2. Data Scientist

What exactly is a data scientist?

A data scientist is a person accountable for collecting, analyzing and interpreting vast amounts of data identifying approaches to help a business improve processes and achieve a competitive advantage over competitors. The data scientist role includes the use of advanced analytics technologies, including machine learning and predictive modeling, to present insights beyond statistical analysis. The demand for data science skills has grown significantly in recent years. Companies are looking to gather useful information from the voluminous amounts of data that a large enterprise produces and collects.

What does a data scientist do?

By Alena Crivello


There is an enormous difference in salary range for a data scientist in Europe and in the USA. The entrance salary in Germany is about 39.000 euros/year when in the USA the low offers are about 101.000 dollars/year. It makes me think about what is really expected of a data scientist in the two regions, and if a just graduated person would have enough skills for such a vacancy.

USA salary range for Data Scientist, November 2018.
Germany salary range for Data Scientist, November 2018.

3. Cyber-security Analyst

What exactly is a cyber-security analyst?

A cyber-security analyst in a person responsible for designing and executing security standards to protect a company’s computer networks and systems. The job’s role includes: sustaining the integrity and security of cyber systems and networks; maintaining cyber-security initiatives by predictive and reactive analysis; organizing resources during incidents response and driving timely and complete resolution. The cyber-security analyst understands attack signatures, techniques and procedures associated with advanced threats and develops products fusing enterprise intelligence.

What does a Cyber Security Analyst do?

By Abigail


The entrance salary can vary from place to place. The range found in the United Kingdom, in the search made in glassdoor starts with 30.000 pounds/year, and in the United States with 65.000 dollars/year. Remanding that the skills required for a Junior position were not analyzed.

USA salary range for Cyber-Security Analyst, November 2018.
UK salary range for Cyber-Security Analyst, November 2018.

4. UI/UX Designer

What exactly is a UI/UX designer?

UI/UX design refers to user experience, which is mainly how the users interact with some technology. UI design relates to the user interface that it is related to the layout. There are different roles, but complementary to each other, and both highly important for IT products. UI/UX Designer responsibilities include collecting user requirements, designing graphics elements and building navigation components, among others. In simple words, UX is responsible for making interfaces useful, and UI is responsible for making interfaces beautiful. So, technically, UX comes first and its followed by UI. However, the can be executed by the same team or group of people.

What does a UI/UX Designer do?

By Andrea Hock


The ranges of salaries below are from the USA and UK. For the UI/UX designer profession, I found a more interesting source on the website UX Designer Salary that you may take a look.

USA salary range for UI/UX Designer, November 2018.
UK salary range for UI/UX Designer, November 2018.

5. Network Engineer

What exactly is a Network Engineer?

A network engineer could also be known as network architect, is the person responsible for designing and implements computer networks. The network engineer concentrates on high-level design and planning, selecting appropriate data communications components and configure them to meet user and corporate needs. The construction of a reliable and high-performing network integrating LAN, WAN, Internet, and intranet components entail network modeling and analysis.

What does a Network Engineer do?

By Gemma Dalziel


These are the range salaries in the USA and in the UK in the glassdoor.

USA salary range for Network Engineer, November 2018.
UK salary range for Network Engineer, November 2018.

Of course, there are many other paths that you can choose in the technology field. And they can include different tasks, obligations, and programming languages. For a beginner in code, there is a long way to go before you be able to approach the career you want. So make sure you understand what you need to get there and focus on it!

Read my other articles:
It’s My Story. A STEM Girl With Dreams And Fear.
#100DaysOfCode — My Own Experience Of The Challenge
Front-end, Back-end, Full-stack. What Exactly Are We Talking About?


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