Published on March 16th, 2021 | by Sunit Nandi0
What it Looks Like to Work in Tech
No one can deny that tech jobs are in high demand; they are predicted to grow by 13 percent from 2016 to 2026. This is a big difference from the overall job growth prediction, which is 7 percent. A tech job can provide job security and a comfortable income as well. Tech jobs are appearing in more industries too as nearly all industries, from accounting to land management, use software in some way. More individuals in the coming years will begin jobs in the tech field, and if you are one of them, you should be aware of what your career may look like. (Hint, it is probably pretty good.)
Tech jobs across all industries are typically pretty flexible in a number of ways. Working in tech means you can live in many places around the country and world; you are not required to live in technology “hot spots.” This means you can choose to live close to family and friends, or near the mountains or the desert, if that is what you desire. Additionally, many of these occupations allow for working remotely so you can live in a more nomadic way as well. As long as you have a working laptop and a strong and secure Internet connection from where you are, you can work.
Tech jobs are also flexible with degrees and skills requirements. You do not need to know everything about coding and software if you want to work in this field. Not all tech jobs require degrees in computer sciences or that you spend all day coding. Many tech jobs require some knowledge of languages and programs like Python, Java or HTML, but you are not expected to be experts in all of these to be qualified for a position.
There are a variety of degrees and skills that can be applied in these fields. Being creative and being able to problem-solve are important skills in tech, and many individuals from all backgrounds are able to hone these skills. Additionally, while you are not expected to be an expert in all aspects of tech, you will likely be provided with the opportunity to learn new skills as well if desired.
There is more diversity in tech jobs now as well. Not all positions are filled by young males; individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds are finding jobs in these fields. While there are still discrepancies, diversity is trending upwards in the tech industries. Continued increases in diversity will allow for individuals working in tech to make more significant impacts for all. Additionally, not all people who work in tech spend all their free time using their computer or playing video games. They often have diverse hobbies and pastimes, so if you are interested in fishing or hiking, you can still find a home in the tech world.
Individuals who work in tech report strong satisfaction in work-life balance. If you enter into the world of tech, you can expect to be able to complete your work while also having time to pursue other hobbies and spend time with loved ones. You will also have an income that supports you financially, which means stress related to money should not be significant. A positive work-life balance can also positively affect your health. Factors included in health include sleep, nutrition, physical activity, and mental health. Having a stable income and time to stay healthy means you can buy quality food, good multi vitamins, and exercise equipment or gym memberships.
Working in tech is not a one-size-fits-all position. There are individuals all over who are different in many ways who find success and satisfaction working in the tech field. The field is growing and companies are valuing opportunities for growth, development, and worker satisfaction for their employees. If you work in the tech field, expect to be open-minded, willing to learn and to solve problems, without fear of your job significantly impacting your health and well-being in a negative way.