21 Jobs in Tech You Don’t Need a Computer Science Degree For
What was that? No degree?? What?! (Professors and parents around the world shudder…)
Should you forget college? Forget learning? Pack your bags and hit the open road with your sights set on Silicon Valley and instant fame and fortune? Uh… Probably not!
Take another look at the title of this post. It’s just saying that there are plenty of jobs in tech that don’t need a CS (Computer Science) degree in particular. So, that means you can work in tech even if you didn’t learn about it in college.
In fact, whatever you are studying or did study in college and all your work experience and skills can actually be assets for you in tech. And the fact that you don’t have a technical degree doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a career in the industry. The 21 real job listings below are proof positive of that. So check them out to see just some of the interesting and rewarding roles you can play in tech despite not majoring in CS in college.
And, if you find your dream job from the list but still aren’t sure you have what it takes, try these tips to get the confidence you need to get the job:
- Take on more technical work where you are now or do side projects in your free time. Then put them in your portfolio to show potential employers what you can do and how enthusiastic you are about taking on a digital position.
- Think about moving “horizontally” rather than “vertically” or moving to a new career ladder instead of up the career ladder. That means combining your background with your passion and adding tech for a career that turns your passion into profit.
- Look for jobs at startups, small, or medium-sized companies. These organizations tend to be more flexible about passing up on traditional requirements for candidates and focusing more on transferrable skills and potential. And don’t forget about companies with tech-related products and services. They usually offer more positions that involve tech skills. So, no matter what size they are, you might find the role you’re looking for there.
- Learn more tech skills. Since you know that you want to have a career in tech, it’s worth getting the know-how to make it a great one. And, unlike a CS degree, it doesn’t have to take four years to learn the skills or MANY more years of paying back debt after that. The Skillcrush Blueprints, for example, will help you get the foundation you need to a career in web design, web development, WordPress development, or Ruby on Rails development in just 3 months and for a tiny, tiny, fraction of the cost of a college education.
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Tech jobs that you DON’T need a Computer Science degree to do:
No matter your major, if you are friendly, patient and have a knack for explaining complex problems in straightforward terms, a tech support position could be a great place to start your tech career, and usually doesn’t require a CS degree.
1. Customer Happiness Champion, Kinsa
2. IT Technician, CBS
One thing I’ve learned while working at a startup is the importance of marketing. Even if a company creates the most state-of-the-art product, it doesn’t do them any good without a stellar marketing plan to promote and sell it. If you went to school to learn how to connect with customers and get them to act, chances are, you can learn the technical skills you need to work in a tech role on the job.
3. Email Engagement Manager, Dropbox
4. Digital Marketing Specialist, Rainbow Treecare
These days, it’s a given that a company needs a website, even if it’s not a web or technology company. Regardless of the industry, a role in operations or business will expose you to technology-related opportunities and challenges. And the skills you’ve learned managing dynamics in Psychology group projects and outlining 5 paragraph essays in high school are the skills that will make you a perfect fit for a business analyst or strategist role!
5. Business Development, Minds on Design Lab
6. Analyst – Digital Reporting and Analytics, Oprah.com
7. Growth Hacker, Launch Potato
50 years ago, developing products might have meant working with your hands (and your engineering degree) to create physical products. These days, product managers are the problem solvers who dream up the big ideas. Before every amazing iPhone release or new app unveiling comes a successful product designer. And “products” can be anything from course curriculum to wearables to music sharing apps.
8. Product Manager, FitBit
9. Technical Writer, Squarespace
10. QA Engineer – Junior, Modus Create
Before the last several years, I always imagined that writing and tech were as far apart as the North and South Poles. But one of the most up-and-coming areas of tech is content marketing, an industry founded on the premise that connecting with users through storytelling and personal interaction pays off. And in the ever-growing field of mobile design, content reigns as king. If you know how to create smart content that drives startup growth and design choices, there’s a place for you in the world of tech.
11. Interactive Content Producer, Apple
12. Digital Media Editor, Lord and Taylor
This one might seem like a given, but if you are a social media pro, chances are you’ve picked up some tech know-how along the way. And it’s not just your tech savvy that makes you valuable, it’s your interpersonal skills and social literacy that put you in high demand.
13. Community Manager, 2k
14. Social Media Manager, BirchBox
Even if you got into design long before “web design” was a field, or if your preferred media are pen and paper rather than Photoshop selector and RGB color palette, there’s a place for you in tech. Skilled, talented designers who learn to code are known in the tech community as “unicorns,” because they are so rare and valued. But even before you try your hand at code, you can get a more technical job working on the early stage of website development.
15. UI Designer, Internet Archive
16. UX Designer, Google
17. User Researcher, Twitter
Looking at all the tech jobs out there, you might have assumed that some of them were off limits for you. But even jobs with “developer” or “engineer” in the title that have historically been reserved for computer science graduates are open to ANYONE with the tech skills needed to get the job done. Even if you’re starting from ZERO, you can learn the skills you need to land high-paying, highly technical developer jobs, no degree required.
20. Back-End Developer (Ruby), SumOfUs.org
21. WordPress Developer, Mightybytes
Now that you’ve seen all the amazing opportunities you have in tech, why not start to figure out which one will be your dream job? If you’re not sure where to start, download our free Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Passion into Profit. Full of tips, real-life stories of career transformations, and resources like this handy worksheet, the guide will help you get on track and on your way to a career that you love in tech! It even includes this handy worksheet, so you can choose your own tech adventure.
She was both one of the first Skillcrush students and one of the first Skillcrush team members, starting as our customer support manager and now serving as our Senior Operations (aka HR and admin) Manager.
Kelli is a Texan living in Finland who loves podcasts, Corgis, emoji and gifs, diet Dr. Pepper, and – whenever possible and most of all! – practicing for and going to catalan style line dancing events all around Europe.