Being a technologist doesn’t mean you have to be a developer or build networks. Not sure what other options there are in technology? Well, don’t fret there are many! Here’s a list of 5 careers in technology you may not have heard much about but may want to consider.
You have probably already figured out that this has something to do with business ‘stuff’ combined with technological skills. If so, you’re right. The business analyst is a ‘middleman’ of sorts. S/he works with the client who needs an IT solution to design and develop that solution while making sure it meets the client’s business goals. S/he also works with the technical team to ensure that the team understands what the client needs. The business analyst also works with the client to work around or take advantage of what the technical team develops or discovers. The business analyst usually works on projects that can span weeks to years.
Creating a new technology-based solution for an organization requires the consideration of many factors. It is the job of a product manager to ensure these factors are considered during the investigation, selection, configuration, and implementation period of production.
The product manager considers factors such as demographics, alignment with the organization, competitor analysis, and so forth. He/she drives the entire process, including future releases that may be required or needed for the solution.
Social media tools and networks are used at every level of business these days, including customer engagement and support, executive and staff collaboration, partner-connected workflow, and more. We’re not just talking about Facebook and Twitter. There are also social media platforms such as Jive and Yammer among others. With the increasing complexity of social business and the social media landscape, social media architects are needed to figure out how it all should fit together for the company or organization.
You’ve heard of the help desk, right? Support analysts sometimes work at a help desk or even a call center. At other times, they work at a company’s location or travel to the client’s location. But the concept of the job is the same – support analysts are troubleshooters and fixers of technology problems. They could focus on hardware or even business software or end-user solutions. So if you do not have an engineering degree you should consider working for, or in, an end-user software company.
Business continuity is ensuring that an organization can continue normal business operations following a disaster or crisis. The business continuity analyst helps the organization prepare by assessing all the risk areas and designing recovery plans. The analyst then works with other members of the organization and vendors to implement and regularly test these recovery plans. S/he also ensures the entire organization knows what to do if there is a disaster.
This is just MY list of careers non-engineers can consider, if you know any more, go ahead and share it, I’d love to know.