Once upon a time, tech jobs were only in the tech industry. Passionate techies had their hearts set on working for the Googles, Apples, and Microsofts of the world, and everyone looked to Silicon Valley as a shining beacon of opportunity.
But while Silicon Valley is still tech central, it’s not the only option. Millennials are leaving Silicon Valley and opting instead for rising tech hubs—and big tech giants aren’t the only players in the game.
Today, technology is ubiquitous. Every company has computers, a website, a collection of data. This means that tech jobs—from cybersecurity specialists to coding experts to data analysts—aren’t limited to tech companies or the tech industry.
Coding, UX, and data analytic skills can take you anywhere. Here are just a few paths you would be able to travel.
An expanding tech map
The past few years have seen an epic geographical shift: tech companies (and tech professionals) are on the move, leaving Silicon Valley and heading north, east, south, you name it. In fact, a recent New York Times piece even declared that “Silicon Valley Is Over.”
Instead, companies are putting down roots in places like Seattle, Austin, Denver, Portland, and Boston. In a round-up of America’s top tech hubs by number of jobs in 2017, San Francisco didn’t even make the top 5.
This is happening for a few reasons. For one, many tech companies, like Amazon, are expanding and looking for new (and cheap) real estate for headquarters, exploring places outside of Silicon Valley to reach a wider pool of potential employees. Tech startups are also on the move, springing up every day across the country and not just limiting themselves to the Bay Area.
This change has effectively broadened the scope of jobs and democratized the opportunities. Cost of living in San Francisco is high—people who don’t want to front those expenses can find tech jobs elsewhere.
These tech careers are also open to a wider spectrum of people with diverse geographical backgrounds. There’s no longer a need to uproot your life to pursue a career you love. In urban hubs across the country, there are dozens of tech jobs available. And if you do want to move, it doesn’t have to be to California.
All companies are tech companies
In today’s digital era, every company is a tech company.
Blue Apron may supply food kits, but it uses advanced logistics, data, and web experiences to perfect its service. Glossier isn’t just a makeup company, it’s a new-age digital-first beauty platform. Even Bank of America now has an AI-powered chatbot named Erica.
Companies that are trying to disrupt their industries can only do so with the help of innovative technology—and the brilliant minds behind each code and data point.
We all know there’s a digital skills gap. But a study last year by LinkedIn and Capgemini suggests that this shortage extends across many industries. Tech talent is in high demand, and this need is not just limited to traditional technology companies.
And even at companies without a direct tie to tech, there is still a need for digital guidance. To beat out competitors, all organizations have to be on the forefront of their industry, competing with exceptionally UX-driven websites, secure platforms, top-of-the-line online strategies.
People who are skilled in data science but are drawn to fashion, art, or food now have outlets to merge both interests into a viable career. The opportunity to combine skills and passion is at your fingertips.
More than just tech skills
Whatever industry you’re exploring—tech, medicine, education, or otherwise—your options go far beyond software development roles. There are more roles out there than you thought existed—and ones that leverage more than just tech skills.
Take business intelligence developers. These professionals are responsible for designing solutions, translating business needs to technical specifications, and integrating systems. You’ll bridge the gap between techies and businesses, working to create reports and decisions to improve the company’s business strategies.
Or consider process database administrators. In this rewarding position, you’d oversee software and company data security, particularly at insurance, finance, and content companies. You’ll be a team leader, you’ll be challenged intellectually, and you’ll have the ability to impact the success of your company.
There are dozens of intriguing jobs out there—and plenty of reasons to be excited about the possibility of positively impacting businesses with your skills.
On top of requiring hard tech skills and industry knowledge, these jobs give you the opportunity to use the soft skills you develop by learning and practicing tech in boot camps. More than just training in coding or data analytics, you can be a creative problem solver, a strategist, a collaborator, and a communicator, letting your skills and passions shine.
But the biggest thing these jobs have in common is that they’re all in demand. Across the country, and across industries, there are countless opportunities for workers with the hard and soft skills needed to thrive. Choose your industry, your city, and your job, and you’ll see that tech needs are universal.
If you’re looking for an exciting career change, or want to hone your skills to explore a job in the universal field of tech, reach out today to learn about how boot camps can kickstart your path.