How to Start a Career in Technologies

When you think about a career in technology, you’d think you need a degree in computer science, IT, or a related field. But that’s not always true. If you look at IT job listings, many of them don’t actually require a degree. Did you know that more than a quarter of IT professionals don’t have a college degree?1 

Most jobs only need to see that you can perform the job, regardless of education. A certification and previous experience are almost always the only things required. In this article, we’ll go over how you can start a career in technology, land a job in IT, and qualify for some of the top IT jobs without a degree. 

How Can You Get a Job in IT Without a Degree?

To start a career in IT without a degree, you should have transferable skills. Even more important than a degree is having a positive mindset and a willingness to learn new things.

Some valuable transferable skills include: 

Communication and the ability to work with others – you will be working on a team with other people to figure out solutions to the problems and projects you’re working on.

Problem-solving – the most important skill in technology. You will very likely run into problems you need to solve on a daily basis.

Creativity – needed in every job but very important in software and web development roles, as you will need to come up with ideas to create new products and be innovative while solving problems. 

Attention to detail – needed when you’re trying to fix code or find a cybersecurity threat. 

Alongside these transferable skills, you can take online courses and educational programs (some of which are free!) to learn the skills you’ll need. Programs like Cyper Academy help you get a jumpstart on your career in software development and technology.

After learning skills like programming and software development, create a portfolio of your completed projects. For example, if you want to get a job in web development, learn the necessary programming languages and start making websites and apps. Make sure they’re both functional and look good so that you can stand out from other applicants. 

When deciding to start a career in technology, conduct a lot of research. You should talk to people in the IT field to see what you’ll need to learn to get a job. You can talk to people in roles that you want to be in. Connect with them on LinkedIn, attend meetups, and go to career fairs. 

Some Tech Jobs That Don’t Require a Degree

Below are three tech jobs that don’t require a degree and how you can qualify for them. 

Web Developer

You should know programming languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, and Ruby and show that you can create functional websites and apps. 

You can learn to code for free with edX2, a free online course provider with university-level courses on programming, data science, and more. You can also look into enrolling in an intensive coding bootcamp, where you’ll learn everything you need to know in the span of a few months.

Cybersecurity Analyst

To get a job in cybersecurity, you should have experience in a help desk or technical support role and get a cybersecurity certification3

Systems Administrator

You need to show that you can offer solutions and support for hardware, software, applications, and operating systems and that you know how to protect against viruses and malware. You can look into getting a system administrator certification4 to stand out further. 

Conclusion

Most IT jobs don’t require a degree, and it can be quite easy to move towards a career in technology if you have no previous experience. All you need is a positive mindset, some transferable skills, and online training to kickstart your new career. 

References:

  1. CompTIA: “Get into IT Without a Degree”: https://www.comptia.org/career-change/switching-career-path/get-into-it-without-a-degree#degrees 
  2. edX | Free Online Courses by Harvard, MIT, and more: https://www.edx.org/ 
  3. Coursera: “10 Popular Cybersecurity Certifications”: https://www.coursera.org/articles/popular-cybersecurity-certifications 

Indeed: “9 Popular System Administrator Certifications To Consider”: https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/system-administrator-certifications

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