Resume Tip Tuesday: 10 Tech Jobs for Non-Tech People

Posted September 01, 2015

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Top 10 Tech Jobs For Non-Techies

Do you dream of working at a big tech company such as Google, Apple, IBM or Intel, but you have no programming, engineering or coding degree?

Tech companies are fast becoming the new 'in' places to work, with large salaries, perk-laden contracts, flexible working hours and offices that more closely resemble luxury entertainment complexes than the cube-farms of old. Many of these companies top the list when it comes to award-time for the Happiest Companies in America to work at, so it's no surprise that competition to snag open positions at these firms has become intense.

If you would love to work at one of these companies, but have no technical knowledge, take heart. Did you know that many high-up leaders in the IT and Tech industry don’t have degrees in technology? This list includes John Chambers, former head of Cisco Systems (who was originally trained in Law), LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and Logan Green, CEO of Lyft, who were both initially trained in Economics.

“The software industry is exploding, so there’s a need for all types of jobs in this field,” explains William A. Schaffer, author of High-Tech Careers for Low-Tech People. “The key to career success (for non-techies) lies in networking with people in the field. About 85% of all jobs people get in the high-tech industry are through people they know.”

We've put together a little list of ten jobs you can apply for at tech or IT firms that don't require a Computer Science degree.

1. Web Content Writer/ Content Editor

Web Content Writers and Editors do exactly that - they write content for the internet. Don't be scared by the word 'Content' - this simply means 'words published online.' Most websites, both large and small, require content, which is usually in the form of corporate blogs, articles related to the product or service being sold, and other written works such as press releases, white papers and social media posts.

Most Content Writers are also Content Editors, but some larger companies employ both and have entire teams dedicated to creating and posting content. Web Content Writers and Editors are usually given a Style Guide to adhere to, which is a manual or handbook describing the various Do's and Don'ts when writing for the brand, to ensure stylistic consistency across all the company's written content.

Web writers and editors usually work closely with Web designers, and Webmasters, and come up with an editorial calender's to keep the content current. Basic knowledge of HTML and JavaScript are useful but not strictly required.

According to CareerBliss data, Web Content Writers earn $60,000 annually on average, or $29 per hour, which is 2% less than the national average for all working Americans. Our data indicates that the best paid Web Content Writers work for Educational Testing Service at $80,000 annually, while the lowest paid Web Content Writers work for Gateway earning approximately $56,000 each year.

2. Marketing Manager

The Marketing Manager is a marketeer whose job it is to help the company become well-known to the public. They work closely with the PR and Content departments to develop a marketing plan for the brand, which may include advertising (both online and traditional), sales events and promotions, television and online advertising, advertising banner sales and PPC campaigns.

They may also be responsible for the company's presence at trade shows, and may help organize and plan annual company visits to the most popular industry events. A business background (or related experience) is usually required to land such a role.

CareerBliss data indicates that Marketing Managers earn $71,000 annually on average, or $34 per hour, which is 15% more than the national average for all working Americans. Our data indicates that the best paid Marketing Managers work for Hatch Ltd. at $300,000 annually, while the lowest paid Marketing Managers work for Chick-fil-A earning approximately $21,000 each year.

3. Brand Manager

Similar to the Marketing Manager, the Brand Manager is responsible for developing and maintaining a consistent image for the brand in the eyes of the public. They may work with external agencies to establish a sense of company loyalty with customers, users and subscribers. They are involved with every facet of the organization, from new product launches to social media promotions. They work closely with the Public Relations, advertising and marketing departments to make sure that customers see and experience the best possible image of the company.

CareerBliss data shows that Brand Managers earn $80,000 annually on average, or $38 per hour, which is 27% more than the national average for all working Americans. Our data indicates that the best paid Brand Managers work for Double Rock at $146,000 annually, while the lowest paid Brand Managers work for Target earning approximately $26,000 each year.

4. Technical Writer/ Editor

If you're good at writing, this is the job for you. Technical Writers read complicated scientific or technical information and translate it into everyday language that the common layperson can easily understand.

The type of work a Technical Writer produces includes instruction manuals, technical brochures, software catalogs, automobile handbooks and advertising materials for the scientific or medical industries. To apply, you would usually require a degree in English or journalism, or alternatively several year's real-world experience in the publishing or online content industry.

According to CareerBliss data, Technical Writers earn $64,000 annually on average, or $31 per hour, which is 5% more than the national average for all working Americans. Our data indicates that the best paid Technical Writers work for IRS at $140,000 annually, while the lowest paid Technical Writers work for University of Wisconsin earning approximately $26,000 each year.

5. Public Relations Manager

Also known as a PR Manager, Public Relations Managers work to create and maintain a positive company image. A big part of their job is communicating with outside media relations agencies such as press agencies, sending out PR releases, and working with media outlets such as press, TV and radio to promote news stories regarding the company's actions, acquisitions or new product releases. B.A. in communications or journalism or similar work experience is usually required.

CareerBliss data indicates that Public Relations Managers earn $61,000 annually on average, or $29 per hour, which is equal to the national average for all working Americans. Our data indicates that the best paid Public Relations Managers work for Sun Microsystems at $100,000 annually, while the lowest paid Public Relations Managers work for Boscov's earning approximately $33,000 each year.

 6. SEO Manager/ SEO Analyst

Search Engine Optimization is a long name with a moderately short skillset, if a steep learning curve. Basically, if you're an SEO Manager, you need to learn all about how Google works, and how to outsmart it. The end-goal of your endeavors will be to have your company website on page 1 of Google search results for top search terms defined by your company.

Let's say your company sells used machinery. Through clever coordination with your content and website development department, your job would be to make sure that if anyone types 'Buy Used Machinery' into Google, your company name comes up first. This is achieved by using a number of clever techniques to adjust your website content, basic HTML, and back-links on other websites.

Many schools and universities now teach this subject, and there is a wealth of information available online. Google will make your career a lively one by constantly updating it's own rules, with major changes instantly rendering everything you've previously learned obsolete. So the only real requirement for this job is an ability to keep your finger on the pulse, have a great sense of humor, and be ready to change your company's entire website at a moment's notice with each new update.

CareerBliss data shows that SEO Managers earn $71,000 annually on average, or $34 per hour, which is 15% more than the national average for all working Americans. Our data indicates that the best paid SEO Managers work for Northwestern Mutual at $101,000 annually, while the lowest paid SEO Managers work for Ionic Media earning approximately $56,000 each year.

7. Project Manager

A Project Manager is basically a fancy name for a team leader. Small cpompanies may have only one Project Manager to coordinate the running of the whole website, whereas larger companies many have multiple Project Managers working in each department or one per software project. The Project Manager essentially keeps track of what everyone in the team is doing, and - much like a musical conductor - ensures that everyone is working in sync and meeting all deadlines and goals.

Being good with people and numbers is important, as is being an effective communicator, as you'll need to be in constant contact with everyone in the team or department, follow up on everything they are doing, set tasks, update records, and generate reports so that those higher up are kept up to date with all developments and releases. If you enjoy being in charge of everything and everyone, this may be an ideal job for you.

CareerBliss data shows that Project Managers earn $81,000 annually on average, or $39 per hour, which is 28% more than the national average for all working Americans. Our data indicates that the best paid Project Managers work for Legg Mason at $179,000 annually, while the lowest paid Project Managers work for Suzsoft Company earning approximately $14,000 each year.

8. Business/ Research Analyst

The company Business Analyst or Business Research Analyst is an expert in the field or market that the company operate in. It's their job to follow all market trends, attend seminars and industry trade events, and then report back to the company in a way that even the lowest employee on the office totem pole can understand.

All that is required is a passionate interest in the field that the company works in. A background in businsess or numbers is also helpful.

CareerBliss data shows that Business Analysts earn $69,000 annually on average, or $33 per hour, which is 12% more than the national average for all working Americans. Our data indicates that the best paid Business Analysts work for Phoenix Partners Group at $155,000 annually, while the lowest paid Business Analysts work for Misys earning approximately $21,000 each year.

9. User Interface (UI) Designer

If you're good at problem solving and drawing, either by hand or with a computer, this could be a good job for you. UI Design may sound technical, but the core focus of this job is looking at a company product, wither that be a website, mobile site, piece of software or a app, and making sure it is understandable to the average consumer who will be buying or using it.

You'll look for things that may trip people up or cause confusion, think of ways to fix that, and communicate your findings to the software/ programming department by drawing 'mock-ups' (rough sketches) to show what needs to be fixed. No technical degree is required.

CareerBliss data shows that UI Designers earn $72,000 annually on average, or $35 per hour, which is 17% more than the national average for all working Americans. Our data indicates that the best paid UI Designers work for MyPoints at $107,000 annually, while the lowest paid UI Designers work for IBM, earning approximately $50,000 each year.

 10. Web Analytics Manager

Web analysts are born-and-bred Numbers people. Your job will be to use number-tracking software such as Google Analytics to see how many people (viewers) are visiting each part of your company website each day/ week/ month/ year, and report this to the company.

You'll look for trends, monitor the behavior of people who come to your site (what pages they look at, how long they stay and what brought them to the site in the first place), crunch numbers and generate both reports and action plans, with the overall goal of increasing website traffic, and keeping visitors on the site for longer. More people visiting your site and staying longer equals more money to the company, both in sales and/ or in advertising revenue.

CareerBliss data reveals that Web Analytics Managers earn $88,000 annually on average, or $42 per hour, which is 36% more than the national average for all working Americans. Our data indicates that the best paid Web Analytics Managers work for NBA at $115,000 annually, while the lowest paid Web Analytics Managers work for TABcom earning approximately $63,000 each year.


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Natasha Rhodes

Natasha Rhodes is a careers expert and writer for CareerBliss, an online career community dedicated to helping people find happiness in the workplace. Check out CareerBliss for millions of job listingscompany reviews, and salary information.

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