To be a successful in this type of career you need to be creative, work well with others, love problem solving, and have a lot of patience. A degree in computer science is usually wanted by employers but is not required. Alternatively, an intensive coding or UI/UX course may be enough to land you a position.
Organic revenue growth is rare, making sales and marketing essential for scaling a tech company. If you are creative, goal-oriented, and love a challenge marketing and sales for tech can be a fun and satisfying career.
High Salary Potential. Marketing and sales professionals are paid well in tech. Median salaries range from $40,000-$65,000. In addition, most sales professionals earn commission on top of their base salary.
Learning Opportunities and professional development. As the internet and consumer habits continue to evolve so to do the tactics and tools to market and sell. Both fields require constant learning to stay on top of current trends and strategies.
The ability to move fast and adapt to an ever changing environment. Most employers also require a bachelor degree in communications, marketing, business, economics, or accounting.
Number of jobs that will be available from 2017-2021: 3500
Pursue your dreams of being a non-starving artist as a graphic designer, 3D graphic designer, animator, UX/UI artist, VX artists, or industrial designers.
Express Your Creativity. Graphic design and illustration are two of a few careers that allow you to express your creativity at work. As a part of the design team of a company you will be an active contributor to the visual aspects of a brand.
Flexibility. Graphic design and illustration are incredibly flexible and allow for multiple career paths—you can work in-house for a company, as a contractor, freelance, or start your own design firm.
The beauty of being a graphic designer is that the proof of your skill is in your work. While most employers would like you to have a bachelor's degree or design certificate, you can get a job with a great portfolio. Most companies also require that you be well versed in the Adobe Creative Suite.
Number of jobs that will be available from 2017-2021: 1500
If you are a hardware junkie this is the role for you. As computer network technician you'll spend your day installing, configuring, repairing, and maintaining computers and all of the other tech in the office.
You're a key player on the team. Even though this is considered an entry-level position for IT, you'll likely become an indispensable member of any team as you will be the go to person for all hardware related questions/problems.
You'll get to be a teacher. With the technology changing so quickly you'll likely be asked to teach staff about how to use new programs and tools.
Must haves: This role will require patience—you'll probably have to answer the same questions/ do the same repairs multiple times. You'll also likely need a Computer Network Technician college certificate.
Number of jobs that will be available from 2017-2021: 1400
For more information on the most in-demand careers check out the 2016 TechTalentBC report.