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Why IT is your best career opportunity: 3 reasons + professions to start without programming experience

Just a few years ago it seemed the IT and tech sphere was covered with a fog: you couldn’t get into it without an incredible amount of knowledge and a technical education. But the salaries and lifestyle of this field have attracted more and more people. In tech, you can get a competitive salary (from $75 per year), build your own schedule, and work remotely. Does that sound great? We agree!

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So let's break down how tech jobs work in today's market and identify what professions you can break into right now.

What tech now offers for people with no technical experience or education.

1. Remote work

The trend toward working from home is growing everywhere. Over the past two years, mainly due to the impact of COVID-19, the number of remote jobs has more than tripled from 3 percent in 4 to 2020 percent in 15.

People appreciate this opportunity to work remotely. According to surveys, 74 percent of employees who have changed their office format to work remotely admit they feel happier. Everyone has their own reasons: some like the fact that now you can communicate with other people less often, and some are happy to spend more time with family.

Also, 50 percent of employees who work remotely would be happy to give up a small portion of their salary to continue working remotely.

The pros of working remotely include:

  • You can combine work and household chores. You no longer have to put off all household tasks for the weekend and deny yourself a day off or a meetup with friends.
  • You don't have to waste time commuting.. If you've lived in big cities and worked in an office, you'll understand the pain of an early rise and an hour on the road. Working in an office may come with a nice bonus of socializing and daily meetings with colleagues for some, but the fact is you still have to spend and hour or two a day commuting to and from work. With a remote job, you get to work just by opening your laptop.
  • In some cases, you can work from anywhere in the world. If your company and the time zone of the selected country allow for it, you can spend much more time in new places than if you were travel only during vacations.

2. Competitive salaries - from $75 per year

You've probably already heard that tech is one of the best-paying fields. This is not a myth - even in positions that do not require programming, which we will talk about below, you can get from $75 per year.

For slightly higher positions - but still without the requirement of programming - the salaries reach $100 per year or more.

3. There are many open positions

At the moment, 12,2 million people in the US are already working in tech-related fields. There are more than 200 open tech jobs in the US market.

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How to make $75 or more in tech now

There are several jobs you can get in tech right now - without experience or higher education. At Careerist, for example, we can tell you about those for which the demand is growing the fastest:

Sales engineer

What is it? Sales Engineers are specialists who sell technology products and software. They help the customer solve a technical problem or optimize a process within their company with the help of the product they sell.

Who would be a good fit? вYou'll be a good candidate for the role of Sales Engineer if you like to communicate with people and have experience working with them (for example, in the areas of customer service, sales, or support). You'll also need to have a good command of English.

If you wand to know if you should consider this profession, we have a short quize to help you..

How much does it pay? бThe base salary for this profession varies from company to company, but it's safe to say that it's always $75 a year or more and averages about $000 a year.

How long does it take to learn? оIn Careerist it only takes four weeks to train as a Sales Engineer with 4 - 10 hours per week of training.

To learn more and enroll in Sales Engineer courses, go to this link.

Software QA Engineer

What is it? рThe job of a QA Engineer is quite simple. QA Engineers, also known as software testers, check whether the software works and looks as expected. They look at the application from the end user's perspective to make sure the product meets requirements and quality standards.

Who would be a good fit? эThis profession is great for people who are attentive to details and like to delve into a task. There are no particular barriers to start training and working: the Software QA Engineer profession can be mastered by anyone who speaks English and knows how to work with a computer. The more advanced you are, the easier it will be for you.

How much does it pay? сThe average salary for a Software QA Engineer with less than a year of experience in the US is $0 - $1, and you can further refine your skills by studying Automation QA. Salaries in Automation QA start at $70.

How long does it take to learn? On average, training for this specialty takes between two and three months. The Careerist course takes seven weeks to complete, after which we help with resume writing, job search assistance, and the job search process all the way until you land the job.

To learn more and enroll in the US Software QA Engineer course, click here.

Breaking into tech seems difficult at first glance. And we understand your doubts. You may feel like a new field, especially tech, is something you should have chosen ahead of time - for example, when you first graduated from high school.

But it's never too late to change your life for the better by choose a comfortable schedule, a high salary, remote work, and a career with growth prospects.

The main thing you need is a desire to choose an exciting and ever-growing field. Careerist can help with the rest.. You can learn more about training in IT professions on this platform on the website.

Material prepared in partnership with

Careerist online learning platform


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