The Most Resilient and Profitable Tech Jobs of 2020

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Overview

It’s 2020. Does your current skill set make you an in-demand professional? If not, do you want to learn the skills that could transform you into an in-demand professional in the tech industry?

The Covid-19 global pandemic showed us just how expendable entire companies—and even entire industries—can be. Countless teams of employees were suddenly and unexpectedly laid off or furloughed until further notice. If you are in this situation, you should give some thought to your current skill set and how marketable it is.

If you are eyeing a career change into the tech industry, you are in luck. Coding bootcamps offer a new way for aspiring tech professionals to learn the programming skills needed for a successful career in the tech industry. These coding bootcamps are short-term, intensive programs that teach you everything you need to know to propel your new tech career forward, all in less than a year.

If you short on time or cash, you need not worry. The schools that host coding bootcamps offer a variety of course formats and tuition financing options. There is always an option that fits your needs. Whether your schedule is open enough to take on a full-time, in-person class schedule, or you need something more part-time, maybe even online classes or an entirely self-paced bootcamp, you can find a bootcamp that fits your needs.

Even better, almost all of these programs offer tuition financing options like deferred tuition payments and income-sharing agreements, which allow you to pay your tuition after you land a job in the industry.

Now that you know how and where to learn the programming skills needed to launch your new career in the tech industry, let’s take a look at the reasons why you should learn to code. Spoiler alert—a significant pay rise is number one!

Software Engineering

Our reliance on software grows by the day. We use computer applications in every aspect of our lives, from chatting with friends and family and keeping track of our finances to choosing what restaurant to eat at. But someone has to build all this software. Software Engineers design, build and maintain the programs and apps the world relies on using programming languages such as Python and JavaScript.

Software engineering has a strong job outlook. Experts predict more software developers will be needed to respond to an increased demand for software. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of software engineers will grow 21 percent by 2028.

Web Development

Without getting bogged down in details, Web Development is the process of building and designing highly functioning, high-caliber and visually pleasing websites as a means of driving web traffic and marketing a particular company’s products. Web Developers can work on either the front end—the part of the website that is visible to the user and which the user interacts with—or the back end—the part of the website that is programmed and running in the background to make sure the front end works properly. There are also Full Stack Web Developers who specialize in both front end and back end development.

Depending on their tech skills and experience, a Web Developer can expect to make between $65,000 and $75,000, with salaries as high as $90,000 not uncommon.

The Web Development field is also expected to experience job growth of 13 percent by 2028, meaning that the demand for skilled Web Developers will only continue to increase.

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Mobile App Development

In today’s on-the-go, tech-heavy, and data-centric world, it is fair to assume that many of you reading this are doing so on a smartphone or tablet. That means that you are using mobile applications that allow you to read blogs, surf the Internet and take a look at the local coding bootcamps in your area. It also means that you are using the work of programming professionals who work in perhaps one of the most lucrative tech careers, Mobile App Development.

Depending on which mobile operating system you code for—be it iOS for Apple devices or Android for pretty much any mobile device not made by Apple—you can expect an average salary in the six figures, with salaries above $170,000 not being at all uncommon.

Digital Marketing

Today’s marketers don’t need to work from an office. With only a computer and a fast Internet connection, they can work from wherever they please. Digital marketers are in high demand in virtually every industry because their work boosts sales and helps the company reach new customers.

These professionals have expert knowledge of their target customers and of the social media platforms they use. They keep their skill set up-to-date with the latest techniques, always learning new things. On top of being able to generate quality content, these professionals must have great SEO and SEM skills. In addition, knowing how to create good-looking videos can help them increase their impact.

Product Management

Product management is another sought after skill in the tech world (or any industry for that matter). A product manager takes responsibility for the development of a product, devising the strategy needed for the process to be efficient. Product managers coordinate the work of all the professionals involved in creating the product.

Product management is an attractive and lucrative career path. These professionals earn high salaries and have bright career prospects.

Software engineering, website development, mobile app development, digital marketing and product management are but a few of the many profitable and fulfilling career paths in tech. The world is changing fast and unpredictably, and people must constantly upgrade themselves to remain employable. The tech sector is, without a doubt, the best option for those looking to improve their skill set or change careers.

Artur Meyster

Artur Meyster

Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.

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