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What Would Be Your Perfect Job In The Tech Industry?



Questions & Answers

Do you want to know what your perfect job in the Tech industry may be? Be sure to answer the questions below and keep a hold of your scores, they will come in handy whilst reading about all the interesting jobs in this piece.


Creativity


Grab hold of an everyday object within range. How many alternative uses can you think of for the item within 2 minutes? These alternative uses can be anything! From the regular to down right out of the box!


  • If you thought of between 1 – 3 alternative uses, score yourself One Point for Creativity
  • If you thought of between 4-7 alternative uses, score yourself Two Points for Creativity
  • If you thought of between 8 – 11 alternative uses, score yourself Three Points for Creativity
  • If you thought of between 12 – 15 alternative uses, score yourself Four Points for Creativity
  • If you thought of over 15 alternative uses, you get the maximum Five Points for Creativity

Analytical


How do you go about your Christmas Shopping? Pick an option that suits you the best and take the score for your Analytical side.


  • I don’t get involved! = One Point
  • I do everything last minute = Two Points
  • I bargain hunt and keep it in mind throughout the year = Three Points
  • I have a strict budget that I adhere to every Christmas = Four Points
  • I create an in-depth and to-the-point plan every year that I stick to = Five Points

Mathematical


What are your feelings when it comes to Maths? Again, pick the option that most suits you and keep hold of the score!


  • I avoid maths at all cost! = One Point
  • I always use a calculator, no matter the problem = Two Points
  • I use it only when I really have to = Three Points
  • I’m extremely confident in my Maths skills = Four Points
  • I actively seek out Maths problems and enjoy solving them = Five Points

Social


Which of the below options describes you best when you go to a party?


  • I find the closest corner and avoid eye contact = One Point
  • I only talk to people I know and don’t really mingle = Two Points
  • I try to mingle as much as possible = Three Points
  • I am the life and soul of the party and get dancing as soon as possible! = Four Points
  • I’m the person who throws the parties = Five Points

Physical


Which of the below options describes your holiday habits the best?


  • I don’t do holidays; I’d rather stay home and watch TV! = One Point
  • I love to just relax on a beach or by the swimming pool = Two Points
  • I take in the sites and explore as much as possible = Three Points
  • I regularly go on Skiing holidays = Four Points
  • I hate just sitting around. Adventure holidays are my thing! = Five Points

Now don’t forget your score for each area as you can apply them to these interesting jobs in tech to help you find, potentially, the perfect tech job for you!


Technical ability is now one of the most sought after commodities in the business world, and those who possess these skills can expect to find themselves in increasingly high demand as further breakthroughs and developments in the digital arena inadvertently widen the skills gap employers the world over already face. The general population relies so heavily on a system built upon a technological framework that it is now essential for not only specialist businesses, but practically any business, to employ technicians in order to support them on matters as diverse as web development and design, business intelligence and market research, and online marketing – not to mention the many needs of the entertainment industry.


Michael Dsupin of technology staffing firm Talener believes that, as the tech industry continues to evolve and revolutionise at breakneck speed, “IT professionals are becoming more dynamic than ever before” because constant motion of the sector “will allow them to avoid menial tasks like support”. The tech industry is crying out for a new breed of professional. In fact, quite a few new breeds are needed; from data scientists who can handle big data and use it in ways that are useful and profitable, to digital marketers who can optimise the online presence of their clients’ brand by a range of new and innovative techniques. In both cases, the ever-changing approaches, techniques and tools that are employed in these fields demand individuals not only capable within the current climate, but who consciously make every effort to keep ahead of the curve; proactively staying up-to-date with industry news, trends and technological advances.


Whether you are a student or recent graduate looking at the opportunities open to you, or you are a professional looking to take your career in a new direction, what follows will explore and explain some of the most exciting and lucrative jobs on offer in the industry and help to show which would best suit you.


Data Scientist

The buzz has been inescapable over the past few months, and for very good reason. Big data is at the cutting-edge of information technology, offering the optimist cause to rejoice over the prospects it promises regarding data collection, analysis and use. For the pessimist, the possibilities of big data are likely to feed your paranoia for years to come. The realm of big data is so advanced that technicians with a skillset suitably advanced enough to work with it are few and far between.


What is most exciting about big data is that it is an ‘innovation platform’ likened to the internet in terms of the opportunities it offers, and the government is looking to take an active role similar to that it adopted in the first stages of the internet and supercomputing. This began with funding to the figure of $200mn from six federal departments and agencies, an amount that is far from modest, but that is likely to increase as the importance of big data becomes all the more obvious to the policy makers. As David Inbar, director of sales and marketing for Pervasive Software, asserts: "Most organizations probably haven't realized just how big the big data wave is going to be and the extent to which it will bring conventional IT architecture to its knees."


Education and Training


Big data is relevant to all industries, and being able to apply the principles and practices of the sector you are, or intend on, working in to how you look at and use this information is of utmost importance. The trend over the last few years is that professionals in, say, the legal sector have upskilled themselves through online courses, learning Hadoop and NoSQL, so that they are able to apply big data techniques to the benefit of their firm. As Craig Carpenter, VP of marketing for Recommind explains: "The people who deal with this data used to be either tech people or lawyers and paralegals. Either they knew the law, or they knew speeds and feeds. That's changed dramatically. We're finding that people on both sides of this need to be able to speak both languages. The hottest area in hiring today is people who understand both areas really well." Therefore, big data is a field open to professionals not strictly trained in technical skills, as long as they are tech-savvy enough to pick these skills up.


The first university course of its kind, a MIDS class conveyed at UC Berkeley’s iSchool, will start in January of 2014. Expect similar courses to be announced by the country’s top technology colleges in the near future.


Career Progression, Employment Outlook and Working Conditions


The future looks very bright for data scientists, with big data increasingly looking like the platform upon which all forms of data use – be it mining, visualisation, analysis, manipulation or discovery – will be performed in the coming years.


One of the most appealing aspects of a data scientist role is that they are needed in such a wide range of sectors. The industries that will be looking to hire data scientists are those that are adopting big data technologies like Hadoop, and these are now present everywhere from consumer packaged goods and retail to financial and legal services.


Data scientists, as highly regarded technicians, work in conditions that reflect their status and typically work a 40-hour week in regular shifts. They will be treated to all the benefits that come along with such positions, including vacation allowance, paid leave and as well as other perks.


Career Progression, Employment Outlook and Working Conditions


With the appropriate big data skills you are likely to command a salary averaging $115,062 according to the most recent figures. Graduates of UC Berkeley’s MIDS class at the iSchool are projected to earn a starting salary of around $100,000.


Score


Analytical: 5 | Creative: 1 | Mathematical: 4 | Physical: 0 | Social: 1


Games Programmer

Are you a stickler for the fine details? Is code your mother tongue? As a games programmer you will need a seriously strong knowledge of code, a passion for video games that includes comprehensive understanding of game mechanics, and the ability to work to strict and often demanding deadlines. While designers craft the look of the game, programmers are responsible for how a game runs and are fundamental to the development process.


Education and Training


Video game programmers must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, alongside strong analytical skills. Degrees in Computer Game Development are becoming more common, and these are a perfect means of breaking into the industry as course projects will provide tangible evidence of your ability and potential. If you are actively involved in open source software development this will aid in strengthening your application, demonstrating your passion for programming software. You will be expected to have a high level of working proficiency in C/C++ or Java. Programmers with experience may look to take a management degree with an eye set on managerial positions.


Career Progression, Employment Outlook and Working Conditions


Progression in video game programming hinges on the skill of the individual programmer and how quickly they show improvement. Adaptability is also essential as the concepts that underpin game programming are changing rapidly, trends evolving at a rate of knots that is likely to continue unabated in the foreseeable future. Between the years 1996 and 2006 video game sales grew by almost 200%, and demand for video game programmers has increased as a consequence. This demand is expected to increase further as the growth of the gaming industry shows no sign of slowing.


As they gain experience, skilled game programmers can look forward to promotions, either to senior programming or managerial positions. There are now opportunities for graduates fresh out of college to secure a job in the industry, although they face stiff competition over the relatively few, coveted positions available.


Video game programmers working for well-established studios can expect comfortable workspaces in modern offices kitted out with the most recent consoles. Programmers typically work a 40-hour week in regular shifts, but as deadlines approach you will be expected to put in additional hours to ensure all bugs are fixed and program code is optimized for peak game performance. It is common at these times for game programmers to spend over 60 hours in the office.


Salary and Benefits


Programmers are highly valued in the video game industry and this is reflected in the earning potential of the role. The median annual salary of video game programmers in the United States is around $83,383. Even junior programmers earn quite high annual salaries of around $57,000, and with experience under their belt a programmer’s earnings can exceed $100,000 annually.


Score


Analytical: 4 | Creative: 2 | Mathematical: 4 | Physical: 0 | Social: 2


Games Tester

The dream occupation of the avid video gamer, being a games tester involves playing games and feeding back any glitches or ‘bugs’ present in either the programming code or graphics layers of the software to the development team, ensuring the quality of the software before the game is launched and distributed to the general public. The common belief is that a games tester plays games all day, every day. This is certainly a large part of their remit, but the role involves more than that, with testers required to document all their findings in a software quality management system and liaise effectively with the development team.


This role requires diligence and motivation that is backed by a resilience that will help you maintain your concentration levels after the novelty, and any residual fun, is long past spent. That said, if you are successful in your application and work for a large studio you will be one of the first to play some of the most highly anticipated games and be an integral part in their development.


Education and Training


Generally, employers will require candidates hold an HS diploma, but seldom ask for any further qualifications. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Computer Science or Fine Art, however, would give you an edge over the competition. A passion for video gaming is essential and a familiarity with all the mainstream platforms will be desirable as you may be required to test games on a computer, various consoles and mobile devices.


Career Progression, Employment Outlook and Working Conditions


To advance your career as a games tester you will need to be skilled at testing and have a strong instinct for spotting errors. Technical knowledge that aids in your ability to explain bugs to the development team will also stand you in good stead. Game testers that have proven their skills and value earn promotion to senior and lead tester positions, in which they are responsible for overseeing a group of testers. With around 3 years of experience and the relevant qualifications you can expect to move into managerial positions.


The video game industry offers a high degree of job security. However, competition is fierce for candidates not already within the industry due to the desirability of roles of this nature.


Video game testers work in similar conditions to video games programmers (see previous section). A 40-hour work week with regular shifts is the standard, but this can increase to as much as over 70 hours a week in the final stages of game development.


Salary and Benefits


Entry level games testers tend to earn very little – sometimes as low as $7.50 an hour. However, as games testers gain experience they can expect to earn anything from $18,000 to $80,000, with an average earning potential of $49,000. Contracted testers can earn between $350 and $2,000 per week.


Games testers employed on a permanent basis in large organizations can expect benefits such as paid leave, vacation allowance and regular work shifts. Freelancers and part-timers, however, are likely to receive little to no benefits and may be expected to work in cramped conditions for long hours.


Score


Analytical: 3 | Creative: 2 | Mathematical: 1 | Physical: 2 | Social: 3


Visual Effects Artist

A role that encapsulates the perfect synergy between technology and art – visual effects have advanced so dramatically in the last few decades that we baulk at the graphics of films released only a few years ago as unrealistic and substandard when we may have praised them at the time for what we then saw to be startlingly life-like images.


A visual effects artist is a multimedia professional who creates mechanical, optical and computer generated illusions in the post-production stage for the television and film industries, ensuring that all visual effects are woven seamlessly together. Visual effects artists are responsible for all effects, from renderings of kaiju and giant robots to the adjustment of lighting and color.


Education and Training


A visual effects artist will typically be required to hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Animation or Art, together with a qualification or proven interest in another relevant technical area such as Physics, Mathematics or Engineering. However, of most importance is a portfolio of previous work, this being the true measure of talent for visual effects artists. A portfolio will support or contradict an applicant’s claims regarding their ability and demonstrate their level of skill with editing, illustration and animation software.


One of the generally unspoken rules of success as a visual effects artist is mastering the art of listening, as the role requires you translate the original concept proposed by directors and writers into an image that is as close to their specifications as possible.


Experience earned through an internship will increase your chances of landing a visual effects artist job dramatically as you will have earned hands-on experience that can feature in a portfolio and will enable you to hit the ground running. Networking with industry professionals can also be advantageous, who you know being of equal importance to what you know when it comes to working on large-scale, big budget projects.


Career Progression, Employment Outlook and Working Conditions


Very much dependant on the setting and way in which a visual effects artist works; working for a specialist visual effects company typically offers the highest job security, followed by that offered working for a post-production studio. Freelancers have the lowest job security, but to be a successful freelancer usually requires a good amount of prior experience working in organizations to build a portfolio, accumulate contacts and hone skills.


A visual effects artist’s working conditions are contingent on who they work for and the imminence of a deadline, but due to the specialized nature of the hardware and software used it is an office-based job by nature. There may be need for studio space in cases where the capture of certain mechanical visual effects is necessary. Visual effects and post-production studios tend to have spacious, comfortable offices, more often than not with videogame consoles and other forms of entertainment.


Tight deadlines and high volume workloads mean that visual effects artists tend to work long hours – around 10 a day – and often must work at weekends too.


When working for specialist visual effects companies and post-production studios you are likely to have little to no control over the projects you work on, depending on your seniority and influence within the firm, while a freelancer will have the freedom to choose the projects they work on.


Salary and Benefits


Multimedia artists earn an average annual salary of $60,000, though this is contingent on experience and whether they work for companies or as freelancers. Freelancers set their own rates, with the most skilled able to charge relatively sizable amounts based on the quality of their portfolio.


Score


Analytical: 2 | Creative: 5 | Mathematical: 2 | Physical: 0 | Social: 2


Digital Marketer

The digital marketer is a new breed of technician. As Michael Nicholas, head of strategy at digital marketing and advertising agency Isobar explains: "In the past, creative people in traditional ad agencies were dreamers, which meant they didn't make things. Now we expect our tech people to be creative, and we expect our creative people to understand technology well enough that they can make their dreams a reality." This rise in expectations proves an obstacle for many who are of a more traditional ilk, but for those with the appropriate skills and character the opportunities promised by this new frontier in marketing are exciting, fulfilling and potentially lucrative.


Education and Training


In general, a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, or in a related specialism such as Computer Science, will be highly beneficial. However, there are other ways to demonstrate your ability, which is what a digital agency really wants from its employees. In preparation for your application to digital marketing roles be sure to nurture your online presence. You must come across as an authority in the field – something you will be aware of if you already have an interest in this sector. Blogging on the latest news and trends, as well as anything else that interests you, will be beneficial as employers want to know those they have on the payroll are passionate about what they do because passion guarantees commitment. Securing an internship while still a student is a great way of gaining a head start in your career and over your peers as most companies will require applicants have 6 to 12 months prior experience.


Career Progression, Employment Outlook and Working Conditions


The marketing sector is evolving along with technology, and the internet provides an avenue rich with untapped potential. Career progression is based largely on skill, but also hinges to a large extent on ability to manage and interact with others as positions above the technical SEO and PPC skillsets will require client liaison and man management.


Alternatively, developing a comprehensive knowledge and technical expertise across all digital marketing platforms can lead to consultative freelance work, with many smaller businesses without the funds available to justify either an in-house marketer or outsourcing to an agency looking to freelance consultants to build their online presence.


The environment you work in will be dependent on which side of the fence you are on. Digital marketers in agencies work in fast-paced, pressured environments in which they will be expected to multi-task and prioritise, working on a number of clients at any one time. This type of work will not suit everyone, but you can expect the developmental curve in such conditions to be extremely steep, something that will benefit your prospects greatly in the long term. Agencies tend to nurture a work-hard, play-hard attitude and, depending on their size, tend to be located in comfortable, spacious offices with entertainment facilities.


The working conditions for a client-side marketer will depend hugely on the employer. Businesses with an in-house marketing department tend to be of a certain size, but the difference between a multi-national corporation’s offices and those of a medium-sized logistics firm, for example, will be worlds apart.


Salary and Benefits


The expected salary for digital marketers varies greatly, depending on a number of factors such as experience, whether you work agency or client-side, location, etc. The average digital marketer has an earning potential of around $40,000 annually, but junior marketers could earn an annual salary of $27,000 while a VP of marketing can earn as much as $200,000 annually.


Score


Analytical: 4 | Creative: 3 | Mathematical: 3 | Physical: 0 | Social: 4


Astronaut

Possibly the most demanding of all jobs, an astronaut’s duties are multitudinous and highly diverse. The skillset required is pretty close to unachievable for the average human, and if you do meet the criteria you must also possess the desire to have yourself placed in the void of space with only millimetres of material separating you from the 2.725 K (-270.425°C or -454.765°F) vacuum. That takes an incredible amount of courage and fortitude, vastly more than most of us possess. However, it is qualities such as these that determine what makes an American hero, and the opportunity is still there for a very lucky someone to become the first person to set foot on Mars and have their name forever immortalised in the annals of human history.


Education and Training


The minimum educational requirement for candidates applying to be an astronaut is a Bachelor’s degree. More specifically, degrees with a space-related focus like a science, Mathematics or Engineering are preferred, and many astronauts hold advanced degrees in such disciplines. Prior flying experience and an exemplary background in a related field are necessary for applicants with their sights set on a career as an astronaut pilot or mission commander, while being considered for other astronaut roles will be contingent on your showing great promise in a related field.


The training program for an astronaut is intensely thorough as astronauts are required to be in peak physical condition. The training program set out by NASA is very stringent, involving comprehension and physical exams, as well as testing knowledge and ability in a wide array of areas. Simulation exercises are of utmost importance to the training of an astronaut because it is necessary for them to get a feel for being in space, preparing them for what lies ahead. Astronauts are required to undergo initial and ongoing training as an essential part of their job.


Career Progression, Employment Outlook and Working Conditions


While the field is competitive, there is a constant demand for astronauts and once you have secured a position there is good opportunity for career progression and the promise of stability. Selection to work as part of a crew for the first time will prove invaluable as the experience you gain will greatly increase your chances of being selected for future missions.


Astronauts work in environments totally unique to their profession. They spend the majority of their time training – learning theory in the classroom, practicing what they have learnt and getting used to being in space in simulation environments, and improving their physical prowess in the gym. However, this is all done as preparation for the end goal: blasting into orbit in a spacecraft and taking spacewalks.


Astronauts are required to work extremely long hours. When on missions they can work for up to 100 hours a week. They must have the ability to stay calm in highly pressured, stressful environments, maintaining a focus on safety at all times.


Salary and Benefits


The average annual salary for an astronaut is $55,000, although the range in salary is very wide depending on their experience and responsibilities. A junior astronaut has an earning potential of around $27,000, while senior astronauts can earn over $80,000.


Score


Analytical: 4 | Creative: 0 | Mathematical: 4 | Physical: 5 | Social: 3