The year 2020 has been full of shock and surprise. From the death of celebrated cultural heroes like Hall of Fame basketball player Kobe Bryant and legendary singer-songwriter John Prine to the Covid-19 global pandemic, 2020 has changed our lives, quite possibly forever.
Those of us fortunate enough to keep our jobs found our productive hives of busy offices replaced by remote, home-based offices. The living room couch became our new desk; Netflix, our office soundtrack. The kitchen table has become our new, private conference room from which we participate in countless Zoom meetings. Spouses, kids and dogs became our new co-workers.
There is no doubt that Covid-19 has changed our world—no one can tell when our lives will go back to normal and what that new normal will look like. Luckily, in today’s tech-heavy and Internet-centric world, we can envision a new future for ourselves anytime we want. If you have been considering switching careers, there has never been a better time to do so. And if that career you have been envisioning is inside the booming tech industry, you can make that dream a reality without even leaving your new living room office.
You may think that to begin a career in tech, you need to obtain a four-year computer science degree from a university or a two-year diploma from a community, city, or technical college. However, these days many career switchers are opting for a new method. Coding bootcamps are the newest, fastest and most affordable way to learn the programming skills you will need to succeed in a tech career. These short-term intensive programs will teach you all the coding skills you need to kickstart your new career in less than a year.
The tech academies that host these bootcamps offer a wide range of options, including full-time and in-person, part-time, online, and self-paced formats. With financing options like deferred tuition payments and income-sharing agreements, you don’t even have to worry about paying tuition until you complete your program and start your new career.
Now that you know where and how to learn your new tech skills, let’s talk about the most in-demand jobs in the tech industry.
Software Engineers are the skilled programmers who build, design, test and maintain all of the software that we all use on a daily basis. An example of these professionals are Mobile App Developers, who build and maintain the software that powers our smartphones and our favorite apps.
Have you ever stopped and wondered how ATMs count out the proper amount of cash you indicated you need to withdraw? How about the self-checkout kiosks that you use to skip the line when you only have a couple of items? Don’t they always seem to know that you didn’t place an item in your bag? Both of these machines run on embedded systems software. This means these machines use software built specifically for them, as stand-alone information processors. Those responsible for programming this type of software are called Embedded Systems Engineers.
Security Engineers are the tech professionals responsible for building, designing and maintaining the software that protects our private information and data from malicious third-party cyberattacks. They write the code for the firewalls that block unauthorized access to a private database.
The software engineering field is growing at one of the fastest rates in the industry, with an expected job growth of 21 percent by 2028. Entry-level Software Engineers can expect an average salary of $50,000, while experienced professionals can earn over $98,000.