5 Tech Jobs for Non-Techies
The tech industry is populated with startups that can offer cool perks and opportunities for growth, as well as giants that are bastions of stability. You don’t necessarily need to know how to code to get a job in the tech industry. Here are five tech industry jobs for non-techies.
Several key departments in tech companies are well suited for non-techies, says Walter Capitani, vice president of marketing at International Datacasting Corp. Sales is one of them. Sales people must be familiar with their products and services, of course, but knowing how it gets made isn’t a requirement. “In many tech companies, the sale is as much about trust and personal relationships as it is the technology,” Capitani says.
Marketing is all about communication, and that’s where a lack of tech background isn’t necessarily a mark against you. If you’re able to break down complex ideas in ways your audience can understand, tech marketing may be for you.
“Most coders don't have experience in bringing a product to the market,” says Adam Best, community affairs manager at Code42. Marketing and communications people can help define key questions for a tech firm: Who's the audience? How does the product address their need? Do they even know they need it?
“If you can write compelling and concise ad copy, and understand how to identify where a lead is in the sales funnel and how to nurture that person, you have skills that any tech firm will value,” Best says.
Any organization that produces something is going to need a product manager to ensure accurate planning and forecasting throughout the business cycle. “The role requires understanding how users engage with a product and work alongside the developers to decide the product roadmap, priorities and other user experience related issues,” says Pratham Mittal, founder of VenturePact. “The PM usually owns the product and is responsible for the timely planning and release of features and product version.”
David B. Coher was a lawyer by training and for the first 10 years of his career. However, for the past few years, he has been working in the cybersecurity field. He is now leading the reliability and cybersecurity team for Southern California Edison, the electric utility for the Greater Los Angeles area.
He started at SCE as an attorney in the law department. From there, he started supporting operations teams’ cybersecurity regulatory needs before regulatory agencies. “In handling these issues, I had an opportunity to join the business side and take a leadership role for our cybersecurity team,” he says.
Data analysts work in many industries, and tech is no exception, says Az Jassal, CEO of Book Abacus, which crawls the web to gather data about books available for sale. “Data analysts play a key role by continuously reviewing the data we collect using a set of high-level tools that require minimal training to gain familiarity.” They make their judgments based on business requirements and are an important part of the team, he says, helping ensure that the company is directing its energy effectively.