Written by Jashonda Williams
Transitioning into a new industry can be scary, especially a high-growth arena like technology. Even if you can’t code, you can still land a job working with the people who do. Changing industries doesn’t always mean changing what you do for a living.
If you’re looking to get your foot in the door, here are eight more viable positions in tech:
Office Manager – Office managers handle a variety of administrative tasks that go along with making sure a business runs efficiently. This can included everything from greeting visitors and setting appointments to ordering office supplies and slight accounting matters.
Account Executive – An account executive is someone who is the direct contact for a client at an agency or firm. An AE is responsible for handling all things pertaining to that one client’s needs and understands their goals. Account executives have to work with all departments to make sure this is done. This includes scheduling meetings for briefings or to present ideas for a new campaign.
Sales Planner – A sales planner handles everything before and after a campaign launches, including responding to request for proposals (RFPs), creating digital assets and completing the media planning. If audience and trend data is collected, this role can also be very analytical.
Product Manager – A product manager is essential as this person is often in charge of most, if not all details, of a particular product or feature. A PM creates the roadmap for the strategy for the new product, along with the marketing, profit forecasting and competitive analysis. This is an extremely important organizational role in a tech company.
Project Manager – In this managerial role, you will be expected to oversee projects from planning to execution, and everything in between. The project manager role requires those in it to be very effective communicators as you’ll be working across different channels and departments in order to get the job done. If you are organized and a very detail-, goal-oriented person, this could be the job for you.
Human Resource Specialist – As in any company, the HR representative is responsible for talent acquisition, recruiting, hiring, firing, employee orientation and developing the company policies and procedures, to name a few. Working in the human resources department means you are constantly in contact with other people, whether it’s conducting an interview or working with current employees on issues like payroll or other administrative tasks.
Data Analyst – Data analysts take the data a company collects from a variety of departments (marketing, sales, user research, etc.) and puts it into words that business professionals can understand. Data analysts are hired to help companies make better business decisions because not everyone knows how to take raw numbers and strategize a plan to make a profit. In every organization there are tools and people that do the work to gather the data, and the analyst do the work to turn it into information the business can use. If you are a results-driven person, this could be for you.
Enterprise Architect - The enterprise architect is responsible for building the overall information technology strategy for an organization. This includes overseeing the development process of networks and databases, cloud computing and security policies.
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