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What’s that sound? It’s the tech train leaving now for all stations in “Career Land.” Do you have your ticket? Or will you be left standing on the platform…?
By now, I’m sure you know that jobs in technology can pay the big bucks and be endlessly interesting and rewarding. (Not to mention flexible!) But you’re no web dev or design diva…and maybe you don’t have any desire to be.
That doesn’t mean that you’re banned from the wonderful world of tech. In fact, as a recent article in Forbes reveals, “people without a tech degree may already be benefiting the most from tech’s boom.” That means you—yes, you!—a liberal arts degree-wielding, never-contemplated-working-in-tech person might be exactly what a start-up or heavy hitter like Google, Facebook, or Apple is looking for.
Even if you don’t get a purely tech-related job, there are plenty of jobs in and around the tech industry that draw on your existing skillset.
And outside of strictly technical jobs, learning some tech skills can make you faster, more effective, and more innovative in your own field.
Below, I rounded up some of the most common *almost* tech jobs (with actual job listings!), so you can start using the skills you already have in one of the fastest growing and highest paying fields out there.
As much as we love Mad Men, marketing has definitely evolved since the days of Don Draper. (Thank goodness!) Now marketers work in a global and social realm with customers demanding media-rich, mobile-responsive ads to both inform and entertain.
To get in on the digital marketing revolution, you’ll need to be armed with an ability to analyze the never-ending flood of data available. Growth hacking is the hot term for the art and science of putting that information together with a company’s goals to produce fast and furious development.
Techy Non-Tech Marketing Jobs
- Online Marketing Coordinator, Omni Hotels
- Digital Marketing Manager, Avon
- Marketing Coordinator, Harlem Village Academies
- Digital Marketing Associate, TechnoServe
- Marketing and Communications Specialist, University of Notre Dame
- Digital Marketing Director, Renovate America
- Digital Marketing Strategist, Zirtual
- Marketing & Communications Associate, Oceana, Inc.
- Digital Marketing Manager, Visa
- Digital Marketing Coordinator, Fitbit
Today content is king! It’s the reason you can’t tear yourself away from YouTube, and why you just have to check your favorite news sites at least a few times a day. And companies are taking advantage of content both to get new customers and keep existing ones happy.
As a content creator, you’ll be doing loads of online research, designing and producing everything from videos and infographics to blog posts and interactive quizzes. And the tools and talents you’ll be using will range from content collaboration in the cloud to powerful content management systems like WordPress.
Techy Non-Tech Content Jobs
- Digital Media Coordinator, Washington Capitals (NHL)
- Content Coordinator, Favor
- Website & Digital Communications Manager, American University
- Content Quality Coordinator, Kapow Events
- Web Content Specialist, Arthritis Foundation
- Associate Editor Content Marketing, Shutterstock
- Online Coordinator, Estee Lauder
- Digital Media Producer, United Nations Foundation
- Assistant Digital Content Editor, The Zebra
What says “Internet age” more than social media? The Web is almost unimaginable without the phenomena of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. (And what in the world would you do without Snapchat while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store??)
As strange as it might seem, you can also make a career out of social media, besides becoming the next viral Viner! Someone has to figure out how to fill a company’s social media feeds, manage its online community, and iron out the strategies that drives it all.
Techy Non-Tech Social Media Jobs
- Social Media Manager, ArtPlace America
- Social Media Analyst, Verizon
- Digital Social Manager, Mars
- Social Media Account Supervisor, Brownstein Group
- Community Engagement Specialist, Salesforce
- Social Media Manager & Storyteller, Zillow
- Specialist – Social Media, American Honda Motor Co
- Social Community Manager, Springbox
Companies are always striving to make sure that customers want to buy what they have to sell. In the fast-paced and demanding tech market, that means someone must constantly monitor that the product (or service) fits the market, is available to the customers, and is being adapted to meet future needs.
And that person is a product manager. Your days in this role would be filled with collaboration with designers and developers, evaluating market research, testing, and
ensuring that the entire team is working towards producing the best possible results.
Techy Non-Tech Product Management Jobs
- Technical Product Manager, Dog Vacay
- Product Manager, Expedia
- Head of Product, Vine
- Product Manager, Square Capital
- Technical Product Marketing Manager, Tenable
- Platform & Product Lead, Ashoka
- Product Manager, Slack
- Business Analyst – Project Manager Hybrid, Monster
- Product Manager, Womply
While product managers keep an eye on specific products throughout their lifecycle, as a project manager you’ll be looking after specific initiatives from start to finish. You’ll be there from the start in the planning phase, and you’ll coordinate the work, motivate your team, and make sure it all stays within budget, on schedule, and within scope.
For technical projects, you’ll need to understand the systems and tools behind the project as well as the kind of challenges and limitations faced by those working on the project. And you better have a serious love of organizational software and tools because they’ll play a significant role in your working life in project management.
Techy Non-Tech Project Management Jobs
- Project Manager, eBay
- Technical Project Manager, Collective Health
- Software Project Manager, HookLogic
- Project Manager, Apple
- Project Manager, True Cars
- Project Manager, OMNI Institute
- Technical Account Project Manager, CrowdTwist
Now that you know how to land a techy (but not purely tech) job, go out and get one! Pair the valuable skills you already have with a little tech knowhow, and take your traditional job into the future (and to the bank).
If you aren’t sure you have all the digital skills you need to snag and *almost* tech job, download our free checklist: Top 5 Tech Skills You Need for Your Techy Non-Tech Job. You’ll find out exactly what you need to pack in your digital toolbox and how to try each of those new skills out today!
Kelli worked in international logistics and then freelanced for years as a corporate language trainer and translator before following her passion and making a career change into tech - in her mid-40's!
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 Operations (aka HR) Manager, a writer for our blog, and a career counselor.
Kelli is a Texan living in Finland who loves tech, podcasts, Corgis, emoji, gifs, and, most of all, practicing for and going to catalan style line dancing events all around Europe.