What are the easiest tech jobs to get into and what do you need to do to secure one of these amazing job opportunities?
With all the chaos that’s going on in the world of work right now, a lot of us are looking at retraining in a role that’s relatively future-proofed. When we think about industries that are forward-thinking and innovative, we often think about the tech industry.
Although the tech industry isn’t completely safe from the repercussions of a recession, it’s a growing industry with a lot of varied roles within it. So, let’s dive in and find out more!
Easiest Jobs to Get in Tech
So, it’s not always a cinch getting a job – there are so many of us looking now so competition can be fierce, but comparable to other roles, here are some of the easier jobs to get in the tech industry.
1. Tech Writer
First up we have tech writers. Now if you’re looking for a super creative writing outlet, you might want to look more into marketing than into tech writing.
Essentially, this job is creating all the manuals and instructions for technicians, developers, and anyone else who might need to know the ins and outs of how your product works and the systems around it.
For this reason, you probably need a basic level of coding knowledge to do this job well.
That being said, you don’t need to be an expert by any means. A large part of your job is going to be researching your topic, writing about it, and editing and proofreading the content from other writers and departments.
You need to have a base knowledge, but good research skills are going to fill out the bulk of the job requirements.
2. Data Entry
Not a fan of teamwork or just looking for an entry-level job with next to no experience necessary? Well then, data entry might be the job for you. Basically, you’ll be inputting information into spreadsheets and systems that look after customers’ data and processing information.
Honestly, it’s not the most glamorous job in the world, but it’s an easy one to do once you get the hang of the system.
With most businesses operating on different systems or operating in different ways, data entry tends to come with on-the-job training. This means that you don’t need a ton of experience or a degree, but it does help if you can show you’ve got good time management and organizational skills.
As you’re kind of a lone wolf in this role, you’ll need to be able to keep yourself motivated and working hard!
3. Content Manager
If you know what kind of content is hot right now and what’s getting those clicks flooding in, you might want to check out becoming a content manager. A lot of this job is managing a more specific content team, as the name suggests, but you’ll still be able to flex your creative muscles from time to time.
Unlike marketing, content managers in tech can be more focused on user experience, sales collateral, and working with the technical writing team to make sure everything flows together. This means having a good knowledge and knack for not just writing, but photography, videography, editing, and more.
Content encompasses a lot of things, so every day can easily be different with a job like this! Normally some management experience is welcome, especially if you’re expected to look after freelance content creators.
4. Website Editor
Okay, it’s important to note that website developers and website editors are very different job roles, and although they need to work well together, a web editor honestly will have more to do with the content or marketing department than the devs themselves.
Web editors are the ones who make sure the content is live on the website, all the links work, all the ad banners and forms do what they’re supposed to, and generally make sure that content and marketing’s vision for the website works.
5. Web Developer
Right, moving on to web developers, one of the most well-known roles in tech. It’s one of the easiest roles to get because there is always something that needs coding, fixing, adding on, and new projects that emerge.
Of course, there are different coding languages and you probably will only know one or two of them which does limit your job opportunities, but there are still plenty out there.
Some tech businesses operate with banks of developers working together and bouncing off each other, so if you want more of a team environment or an office-based role, there are plenty. However, the most common image of a dev is someone working on their own from home.
It’s the ultimate remote working job, providing that you have a laptop and a decent WiFi connection.
To get the basics of coding down, you can find a lot of online courses, tutorials on YouTube and Reddit, and scratchpad sites where you can try out new stuff without completely breaking everything – you don’t necessarily need a degree for this particular role.
6. Technical Sales
Do you consider yourself a persuasive person? Why not give technical sales a go? Go out in the field or hammer the phones and email to get your product into the hands of businesses and organizations.
As a sales rep, you can travel around the local area, going door to door, or hitting up trade events to secure sales.
Although you don’t really need a degree, some experience in sales might help, although training is normally given on the job.
You’ll have targets and quotas to hit and most sales roles are boosted mainly by the commission, so if a starting salary seems low, remember to ask about the commission structure and bonus schemes. This job is a lot about personality, who you know, and how well you can nurture a professional relationship.
7. Social Media
Everything is about social media these days. Even if you don’t think a firm that sells payroll tech to businesses needs to be on Instagram – they are. That’s because more and more people are using social media for business purposes, and bosses and influential decision-makers are getting younger or more tech-savvy. So, having a presence on social media is key.
Besides, when you first hear about a company, you search for them, right? If they’re not on any socials at all, that can be a bit of a red flag. I mean, as a business, who’s not even on LinkedIn?
Again, this is another one where experience comes in more handy than formal education. Social media is always changing, there are always new updates and niches to look into, so there’s always room to grow and learn on the job.
Depending on the vibe of the company that you’re working for it might be more graphics and stock imagery than TikToks and challenges, but it all takes a strategic and creative mindset to make content that’s going to build your brand awareness and convert customers.
Think that you’ve got the ideal combination of creativity and strategy? Working in marketing is a constant balancing act between the two.
On the one hand, you want to make a splash on socials and in the press for your company – in a good way, of course – but you also need to be able to measure the impact of campaigns, report on it, and adjust the way you’re doing things as you go.
Increasingly, marketing departments are getting more budget and as such are constantly growing. Although a marketing degree or experience can help, if you’re organized and like to work out the impact and reach that your content is having, then this is probably going to be a great fit for you.
There are a ton of roles that sit under the marketing umbrella, but many of them cross over and work collaboratively with others, so you can gain experience in multiple creative and analytic disciplines.
9. Help Desk Support
If you’ve ever seen the IT Crowd, then you’ll know all about help desk support. This is the department you call when there’s something wrong with your computer, network, or general IT needs. Is the cable from your laptop to the presentation screen not working properly?
Call help desk support. It’s the first defense in the world of corporate IT. You’ll have everyone from interns and assistants to CEOs and Department Heads ringing you, so diplomacy may be needed.
Working in this function, you don’t necessarily need a degree or a ton of experience, but you do need to have an interest in IT, both software and hardware, and have half-decent customer service skills.
People are going to ask you dumb questions about their computer and you need to answer them and help them through the process, normally remotely by email, webchat, or phone.
People can get annoyed or irate, especially if it’s preventing them from getting on with a project, so people skills are a must here.
10. Customer Success Manager
If you consider yourself a people person and good at managing relationships, you might be interested in a position as a Customer Success Manager. Basically, once a sale is converted, a client will be assigned a CSM to look after that client on a day-to-day basis.
Think of it like account management. Your job is to keep the client happy and keep them coming back to purchase or maintain their subscription time and time again.
This job is going to be up your street if you don’t might doing some sales work, some marketing, and some customer service. It’s basically equal parts all three.
Although you don’t need to know a ton about tech or have a degree, a bit of experience, at least in customer service, will go a long way when applying for a CSM position.
11. Computer Technician
Although pretty similar to a help desk support role, a computer technician is more concerned with internal networks and the physical hardware that the business uses. If the help desk is the first point of call for any issues, the computer tech is likely to be the next person you’d turn to for actually fixing the issue.
As I said, this job is predominantly hardware-based, so you will likely need to be based in one of the offices so that you can physically fix issues.
Some hardware issues can be fixed remotely by talking the person through the problem and then steps to solve it, but the majority of computer techs will have to work on-site.
12. Network Engineer
If you have a degree or certification from a professional body, you might be able to get a job as a network engineer. This is one of the best-paid roles in the IT portion of tech as you’d be responsible for all the networks and connections in and outside of the business.
That’s servers, devices, other computers, VPNs – all of it.
It’s because of this that you need to know a lot about the ins and outs of networks. The reason this job is on the easiest tech jobs list isn’t that it’s an easy job, but because it’s always in high demand.
Network engineers have considerable skill and have to continually adapt to new systems and services, so they’re a hot commodity – and paid accordingly!
13. UX Designer
UX stands for User Experience, so as a UX Designer, your job is to ensure that the user’s journey through the site or app is smooth, intuitive, and effective. You have to work closely with UI designers, product managers, and actual test users to ensure that you’re creating a product that is easy to use.
Although the design is a large part of this role, you also need to be able to get in the mindset of the user and make life easy for them. What features are they going to most using? Is that the first thing they see or are there layers of obstacles to getting to where you want to go?
Yes, it needs to look good but it also needs to have functionality at the forefront. Many UX Designers have either behavioral science or psychology experience or degrees to help with this, but it’s not always necessary.
14. UI Designer
Where the UX Designer tests the path of least resistance and works out the user journey, the UI (User Interface) Designer, makes sure that the site or app is visually appealing, while doing everything dictated by UX.
This is definitely the more creative of the two roles, so if you’re into graphic design this is the preferred role for you, rather than being a UX Designer.
You might need a graphic design degree or experience to get one of these positions, but there are plenty of UI courses available online for you to join remotely. Essentially anything that’s seen on the screen is in the remit of UI.
The spacing, how you get between different elements, design, and overall feel – this is what you have to do. As such, you’ll need to work with a lot of other departments like marketing for branding purposes, product management, UX, web developers, and more.
The ability to collaborate is central to this role, so if you’re a lone wolf, this is not going to be the gig for you.
Why Pivot into Tech?
Why should you pivot into tech anyway? You’ve probably seen the mass layoffs at Twitter and Airbnb and seen how fragile the tech market can be, so why move into this industry? Look, we’re in a recession which means that pretty much all the industries are struggling. What we’re looking at are the industries that are most likely to bounce back in a speedy and efficient way. Tech is likely to be one of those industries as it’s something we use every day, and everyone’s always looking for new innovations.
It might seem like you need to be an IT genius or cutthroat investor to work in tech and really that’s not the case. It takes a village people! From creatives to finance to people management to support staff, there are so many different ways you can work in tech, and some are much, much easier than others.
Where’s the Best City or Country to Work in for Tech?
Of course, there are tech hubs like San Francisco, Austin, London, Tallinn, Singapore, and more, but moving there normally comes with a hefty price tag. Tech money and infrastructure tend to make house and rental prices skyrocket along with everything else.
The beauty that comes with a lot of tech jobs is the bonus of either remote or hybrid working.
If you only need to be in San Francisco three days a month, then you can easily live somewhere cheaper and further away, and suck up the long commute for those couple of days. If you’re working for a remote-first company, lucky you!
You might be restricted by either territory or time zone, but that’s still a lot of flexibility. You might even have free reign as long as you log your allotted hours each week. This is one of the big bonuses of working in tech.
Another bonus is that if you work for a big tech company, like Expedia, there are a ton of offices all around the world. You might be able to transfer to a different office or work remotely from different ones for different periods of time. That’s a lot of flexibility right there!
Do I Need a Degree to Work in Tech?
Okay, so this depends on what kind of job role you’re after, but broadly speaking you don’t need a degree to work in tech. Like with a lot of jobs, having a degree helps, but often experience and passion go a lot further.
For example, if you’ve built a huge social media following and maintained it, that’s going to go a lot further than if you’ve got a degree but have never used a social media scheduling platform or know about advertising policy.
That being said, for some roles you’ll need a degree and some experience, especially in accounting or finance, and for some, you might not need experience or a degree, depending on the business.
Not all businesses operate the same way or hire in the same way, so this can vary depending on where you’re applying. If you’re looking for a job in tech and you don’t have a degree, start-ups might be a good place to start.
As you’ll be wearing a lot of hats and doing a lot of different jobs, it tends to matter less whether you have a degree or not.
Time to Pivot into a Tech Job!
So, if you want to pivot into tech, there are a ton of job roles that may be open to you depending on your interests. Remember if you don’t have enough experience for the role you want, you can always apply for an entry-level job in that business, organization, or field, and work your way up.
Firms love to promote internally because it means less training on systems, values, and company policies. This is definitely a viable way to work your way to the top.
If you want to work in tech, it’s a growing industry with many subsections including healthcare tech, travel tech, finance tech, and way, way more. You can easily find the niche that suits you and your interests and combine your passion with a tech career and salary.
If you’re unsure how to pivot into tech, keep your eyes peeled for my next pivot into tech workshop. I’ve done it and I can show you how to do it too – it’s one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made!