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Covid-19 really slowed down the world. Beyond just the serious health concerns that it has brought, it has also created serious problems for businesses as the global economy took a major hit.
However, the tech industry is still booming, despite the recent economic challenges. There are several jobs within the tech industry that have shown to be some of the most resilient jobs, amidst the pandemic outbreak.
For those of you who have been considering making a career switch, there has never been a more ideal time than now. It is important to note that making a career transition into a booming industry like tech and several in-demand job fields will mean that you do not have to fear tough economic times.
This article will serve as a guide to what some of these jobs are, how you can learn the necessary skills to succeed in these fields, overview of the tech industry as a whole, and what you can expect once you begin working in your new career. There are many excellent tech jobs with high growth potential, but for this article, we will focus on three of the most desirable and most resilient tech jobs during Covid-19.
The three areas are software engineering, web development, and mobile app development. Generally, there are three main pathways to getting one of these jobs. The most traditional way is through earning a computer science degree. Many tech professionals have also taught themselves the necessary skills through self-study via books and even YouTube videos.
However, there are excellent coding bootcamps that are a much faster and effective way of learning all that you need to know to be successful in these jobs. A coding bootcamp is an intensive, short term program that takes applicants from zero experience to job-ready in less than a year.
The first job we will discuss is software engineering. A software engineer is tasked with building, maintaining, and testing computer-based software that we all use on a daily basis. As more and more companies are becoming more tech-based, the demand for skilled software engineers is increasing rapidly.
Software engineering jobs are expected to grow by 21% by 2028. With a national average salary of $98,000 and an average starting salary of $50,000, there has never been a better time to become a software engineer.
Read on further to learn more about the four main types of software engineering professionals—software engineers, embedded systems engineers, security engineers, and quality assurance engineers.
Software engineers build and design the computer programs that we use every day. Software ranging from word processors to accounting programs are all developed and built by software engineers.
More and more businesses these days—from small to large companies—desire to become more advanced and so, they have more specialized software to aid them in their daily operations. Many large companies often hire software development companies to build custom software specifically for their company.
Embedded systems engineers design, develop, test, and maintain software systems that are embedded in specific hardware. Even if you weren’t aware of it, you have undoubtedly had first-hand experience with an embedded systems software before, like using an ATM or using the self-checkout counters at your local grocery store. If you have worked in restaurants, the software that runs on a Point of Sale (PoS) kiosk was also built by an embedded systems engineer.
Security engineers are software developers who create systems, methods, and policies that ensure the security of a program is sound, so that users of that particular software are not at risk of malicious activities.
Security engineers can also serve as a “white hat” hacker who is the person in charge of ethically hacking into a program to expose any potential security weaknesses.
Quality assurance engineers are responsible for writing, reviewing, testing, and maintaining software to make sure that all of the coding systems are working properly. When bugs and glitches are reported to the software manufacturing, it is up to quality assurance engineers to find and fix the problem, and make sure it does not happen again in the future.
If the impressive job growth rate, earning potential, and diversity of specialized career paths interest you, then you should become a software engineer.
Web development is the process of building the online tools and resources that we use every day—from media platforms that help connect the world and share ideas, to search engines and information-sharing platforms like this website.
Web development is experiencing rapid growth, with an expected job growth rate of 13% by 2028. Due to the growing demand, web developers can command handsome salaries with an average starting salary between $65,000 and $75,000.
There are two main types of web development which are the front end and back end. However, there are also professionals who specialize in both sides of the development who are called full stack developers.
Front end web development is the coding process of building and designing what is called the “client-side” of a website. This is also called the User Experience, or UX, for short. It generally covers the part of a website that users actually interact with.
They are often tasked with more than just designing the interactive parts of a website. They are often the ones who generate the content that the website user will see. This can include writing, graphic design, and editing work.
Back end web development is the process of building out the systems and logic that supports the functions that are designed by the front end developers. Back end developers are responsible for all of the coding needed to make every function and button on a website work.
Back end developers are tasked with creating the User Interface (UI) of the website. Once the design plan for the site has been created—with the necessary buttons, functions, and layout of how it will look and function—the back end developers then go to work by writing the code that ties it all together.
The term “full stack” is used to describe web developers who do both front end and back end development of a website. Full stack developers are also an in-demand role, as many companies prefer to hire someone who can do everything needed to design a great website.
If you want to venture into this role, it is necessary to have coding skills that can create a website that not only works well but also provides a satisfactory browsing experience to users.
The third job that demonstrated high resilience during Covid-19 is mobile app development. It is essentially the process of building applications for smartphones. There are two types of mobile app development—iOS and Android. The programmers responsible for building and designing mobile applications are called mobile app developers.
As the name suggests, iOS developers build and design apps specifically for Apple products. iOS developers use a broad mobile development environment called Xcode that helps them build their iOS applications. iOS developers also use Swift, which is the programming language that is used to build iOS applications.
iOS developers build applications from the ground up, meaning they typically have the required skill sets to build an entire app by themselves. Not only it is an interesting role, but it also pays well. Based on quick research, iOS developers can expect an average salary of $133,000 annually, while those in a more senior position can make up to $170,000 per year.
Android developers build mobile applications for Android-powered phones. Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world. Android also powers almost every non-Apple smartphone, tablets, and devices including Google Chrome Books. Therefore, Android mobile developers are always in high demand.
Android mobile developers can expect to make more than iOS Developers with a national average annual salary of around $162,000.
Whether it is software engineering, web development, or mobile app development that interests you, here are the three routes you can take to begin your new career in the tech industry.
This is the most conventional route there is. A bachelor’s degree is a common requirement when you apply for tech jobs. However, it should be noted that most will have to opt for a general computer science specialization as most tech niches are not offered as a major. This will also take an average of four years, making it the most expensive option on our list.
You can opt for the self-study method through resources like YouTube videos and coding books. While this is definitely the cheapest method, it is also the most time consuming considering you are learning at your own pace with no guidance from a professional. Another downside is that it might be harder for you to land a job because it is difficult for potential employers to validate your proficiency.
This is the best route to go if you want a quicker and cost-effective education. These bootcamps will teach you everything you need to know to begin a successful tech career in just months. These programs also offer in-person, online, and even self-paced options for students. Depending on the commitment and courses, they typically take less than a year to complete.
Many of these programs offer several different funding options including monthly installment plans, deferred tuition payments, and even Income Share Agreements (ISAs) that cover your full tuition and let you repay the loan once you get a job.
There has never been a better time to start your career in one of the tech areas we just discussed. Covid-19 has presented us with many challenges but these careers have all proved to be resilient. Take the first step toward your dream tech career today and you’ll never have to worry about losing a job to turbulent times again.
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