Have you ever wanted to be just like Mark Zuckerberg and create something similar to Facebook? Or maybe you love being online and wish to pursue a career path as a data scientist or web developer, but don’t know where to start? In this blog article, we look at three career paths in the technology sector.
Technology disruption is generating more demand for technology specialists and therefore it is considered a ‘safe’ career. Here is a list of top three career paths to pursue in the tech world – maybe one of them will turn out to be ideal for you.
Do you prefer web design, or website development? The latter focuses on making the website work fast and be functional, giving the user a smooth and enjoyable experience. To do that, people who work in this field use a variety of coding languages as well as programs like text editors, command-line interface or version control.
Web developers stand behind social media applications like Facebook, or e-commerce sites like, for example, Amazon.
How can you become a web developer? Enrolling into a university program to gain a computer science degree is a great qualification. However, you need to remember that the web is changing so rapidly, that sometimes schools can’t catch up with the latest technology so you will also need to do continuous education which can mean enrolling in online courses, and also doing your own research.
Web Developer Earning Potential
The average salary for a web developer in the US stands at $75.000, as of 2017 so it’s likely to be more today. The hourly rate for web development is between $25 and $140. The huge variance of the hourly rate is due to competency and experience of the individual. The skills, experience, location and portfolio will determine what a web developer can earn at any given time.
Some people speculate that web development might be reaching its dead end. However, this is anything but true. In 2018, there were 23 million web developers in the world, and the number is forecasted to reach 27.7 million by 2023.
In 2019, there were more than 400 million active websites, but only 23 million web developers – it’s simple math. Computer games for learning and fun is a huge growth industry, and of course, it requires web developers as well as designers.
Video Game Design
People who work in the video game design industry take care of the user experience, i.e. the visuals of the game, like characters or background scenes. To work in this field, it’s important to have a background in computer sciences, computer software, and art.
How to become a game designer? As opposed to web development, to become a game designer, you actually need a bachelor’s degree. It will give you the background mentioned above, and teach you how to, for example, create 2D and 3D objects and animations. After that, try to look for a job in a smaller company, or consider an internship. It is also useful if you play video games yourself, as it will give you a better idea of how players perceive particular games.
The salary of a game designer falls anywhere between $40,000 and $100,000 per year, but the most experienced ones who at the same time occupy the manager position can earn even up to $240,000. Everything depends on the industry, their skill set, years of experience, and if they are an independent worker or if they are regularly employed.
Video Game Career Roles
Here are some of the jobs that you can take up as a person with the game designing degree:
- Flash Designer
- Digital Media Specialist
- Video Game Developer
- Video Game Designer
- Interactive Media Developer
- Video Game Artist
The video game industry is continuing to grow, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise since everyone can play them – no matter the age. With each year there are more new exciting ways in which you can deliver entertainment. The employment growth between 2016 and 2026 is said to reach around 8%, which means 6,200 new job positions.
Data science is a field of knowledge that connects areas such as mathematics, statistics, data cleansing, and so on. Data scientists analyze and mine data from a variety of sources. Because of the type of job they have, some background in computer programming is needed, as well as head for business strategy and natural curiosity.
How to become a data scientist? Firstly, you need to finish a bachelor’s degree in a field connected to it – it could be IT, computer science, physics or math. Next, you need to earn a master’s degree in either data or a related field. And last but not least, you need to gain experience in the field you want to work in.
Data Scientist Earning Potential
How much a data scientist earns depends on several factors that include education, the company’s size, the industry they work in, location and experience. Out of all of them, the experience is the most important one as for every year of experience the data scientist can increase her/his salary by around $2,000 to $2,500.
Nowadays, experienced people with data science studies are in high demand. Some could argue that data science is probably the hottest career in the 21st century, and they wouldn’t be wrong.
In conclusion, the tech world gives you a lot of opportunities when it comes to the job market, but in the end, it’s your choice what you want to become.