Contrary to what our Asian parents often tell us, there are more careers out there than just being a lawyer, doctor or accountant. There are many opportunities for jobs in tech too.

Confession time: I didn’t even know a career in technology was optional until I was older! Even then I thought that being in a tech job meant sitting in front of a computer writing long, long sentences of numbers that turned into a program with the magical click of a button.

Obviously, I was so wrong. But to all those who thought the same, this is a sign for you that you’re not alone. And that you should probably consider a job in tech because there’s SO much more than just writing codes.

These are some jobs in tech to consider if you’re thinking of a career refresh or wanting to learn how to market yourself to future employers.

1. Digital Marketer

Interested in the tech industry, but your brain is more into big picture creative projects? Digital marketing could be the job for you.

Digital marketers do many things, and I mean MANY. No two days are ever the same because this job varies from company to company. Some may supervise all inbound marketing endeavours while others are more specialised in growing search traffic (SEO) or building a brand’s social media presence.

From planning an editorial calendar to writing copy for advertising campaigns, creating guides or setting up email workflows, a digital marketer is quite literally the jack of all trades.

What you’ll need:

  • Writing and editing skills
  • Understanding of branding and user personas
  • Knowledge on best practices for SEO
  • Community management skills
  • Social media strategy and analytics
  • Basic data analysis

Interested in becoming a Digital Marketer? Check out General Assembly MY’s course here.

2. UX designer

UX, also known as User Experience, defines the way a user interacts with a website or mobile app. If you ever noticed what encouraged you to click “buy now” on Shopee or “subscribe” to a brand’s newsletter, you may have an eye for UX.

It’s a subjective job, much like all design-based careers are. For UX designers, their job is to create an inviting atmosphere that encourages users to behave through certain actions like subscribing to a brand’s newsletter or staying on a webpage for longer than 15 seconds.

UX is often mistaken for UI, or user interface design, but do take note that these two are not the same. UX focuses on the process and overall experience of using a site while UI has more to do with the actual visual layout.

What you’ll need:

  • HTML and CSS knowledge
  • Graphic design tools like Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Understanding of user personas
  • Knowledge on A/B testing
  • Wireframing experience in using tools like Sketch, Figma and Balsamiq

Interested in becoming a UX designer? Check out General Assembly MY’s course here.

Image: Unsplash/ Mimi Thian

3. Data Analyst

In simple terms: data analysts collect, analyse and translate statistics and numbers for businesses and help them make better decisions by identifying trends and facts. If you have a penchant for seeing numbers as a riddle that can and will be solved by you, you might be suited for this role in tech.

On a day-to-day basis, data analysts produce reports that give management insights on upcoming trends as well as areas that the company may need to improve upon, collaborate and communicate with various other departments from those in data science to marketers.

What you need:

  • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently
  • Exceptional analytical skills
  • Computer science/coding skills
  • Utilize business intelligence and analytics tools like Microsoft Excel, Tableau and Google Analytics

Interested in becoming a Data Analyst? Check out General Assembly MY’s course here.

4. Web Designer

Web design is a great place to start for creatives who are into the designing process. It’s a broad field and encompasses many roles including product designer, digital designer and more. And of course, it’s one of many jobs in tech that many creatives (that could be you!) will fit right into.

A web designer is in charge of many things from creating logos and designing fonts to being in charge of designing responsive and visual elements for a website or app. If you think a website looks aesthetically pleasing, thank a website designer!

What you need:

  • Knowledge on colour theory and typography
  • HTML and CSS knowledge
  • Understanding of web design tools like Photoshop
  • Awareness of domains and hosting sites
  • Knowledge on website/app layout and navigation

Interested in becoming a Web Designer? Check out General Assembly MY’s course here.

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5. Product Manager

Product managers are in charge of guiding the success of a product by translating the user’s needs into decisions that can help craft the product roadmap for software engineers. They prioritise a product’s features to ensure it can last in a competitive market.

If you’re good at taking and analysing feedback, you might be suited for this role as product managers are skilled at filtering what is the most important point and convey that to the rest of the team.

Speaking of teams, as with the title ‘manager’, this s one of the few jobs in tech that requires organisational skills across various departments in ensuring that products meet expectations and are completed on time.

What you need:

  • Understanding of user personas
  • Experience in project management and leadership
  • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently
  • Exceptional analytical skills
  • Understanding on strategic planning

Interested in becoming a Product Manager? Check out General Assembly MY’s course here.

There are plenty of career opportunities and jobs in tech. As more and more women enter the tech workforce, it’s also slowly becoming a diverse industry that anyone and everyone are welcome into. So why not take a chance? It could just be what you’ve been searching for!