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5 Careers in Technology that Students Should Consider Pursuing

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Emerging technology that far surpasses its successors hit the shelves on nearly a weekly basis. From new launches of smartphones and wearable technologies to artificial intelligence (Yes, Alexa, we’re talking about you), the tech world has evolved drastically. With the rise of these technological advancements, our lives have been considerably impacted and arguably for the better. Imagine what it would be like to not have a simple desktop computer?! Rest assured, these devices don’t seem to be going anywhere.

With this breakthrough in new tools and software, our lives have become seamless, particularly causing efficiency in the workplace to skyrocket. Today, we fulfill daily tasks like communicating, storing information, and sharing data using this technology with ease.

As new technology makes a changing impact on different sectors of the workforce, the demand for experts in technology and computer science is certain. Technology professionals who are knowledgeable in data science, programming languages, coding, security analysis, and other problem-solving areas are required to perform tasks productively, and safely.

Have you ever considered pursuing a career in the tech industry? Here are five tech careers in high demand that you can explore by taking VLACS courses!

  • Cybersecurity Engineers:  A cybersecurity engineer is responsible for detecting security threats and finding new solutions to protect data from cybercrime. As cyber-attacks and data breaches continue to impact the safety of users personal information, there is an increasing demand for experts in the field of cybersecurity.

Average Yearly Salary: $98,350

Job Outlook: 32%

VLACS Courses: Cybersecurity 1a & Cybersecurity 1b

Students will learn the basics of cybersecurity threats, network security, tools for protecting data, and cyber safety. 

  • Information Technology Managers: An IT Manager usually works for a company to maintain and troubleshoot computers and information systems. Depending on the company’s needs, their job might require them to update or upgrade software and systems, as well as research, select, and purchase optimal equipment that will enhance performance.

Average Yearly Salary: $142,530. 

Job Outlook: 11%

VLACS Courses: Principles of Information Technology 1a & Principles of Information Technology 1b 

Students will begin to develop an understanding of computer hardware, systems and software, IT apps, and communication skills required in the workplace.

  • Website Developer: A website developer’s role is to accomplish what most business and other entities need –  creative and navigable websites designed using the most common JavaScript, HTML, and CSS coding. In addition to coding skills, a website developer should have the creative instinct to produce a user-friendly interface that is functional and effective.

Average Year Salary:  $69,430 

Job Outlook: 13%

VLACS Courses: Website Design 1

Each student will learn the basics of HTML to create a well-organized website with clear visual and text elements. 

  • Blockchain Developer: As the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency becomes more widespread, blockchain developers are also becoming highly sought-after careers. A Blockchain Developer will use blockchain technology to build and maintain applications in the blockchain network. They might also be responsible for problem-solving tasks, including identifying and testing solutions for businesses. A Blockchain Developer should also have a background in using programming languages such as C++, Java, and JavaScript.

Average Yearly Salary: $118,011

This year the demand for Blockchain engineers increased by 517%. Blockchain careers are projected to grow rapidly as blockchain becomes more widely used.

VLACS Courses: Intro to Blockchain Technology, Introduction to Bitcoin and the Future of Money, & Creative Coding 1 

Students can explore a career in blockchain by learning about cryptocurrency, cryptographic principles, and blockchain technology, or they take Creative Coding to introduce themselves to the programming language required for a career in blockchain. 

  • Data scientist: A data scientist performs a number of tasks including collecting, organizing and analyzing data that will answer questions and produce solutions for stakeholders. They have knowledge in building algorithms, and an understanding of machine learning models like Artificial Intelligence and programming software such as Python, SAS, and R.

Average Yearly Salary: $118,370

Job Outlook: 16%

VLACS Courses: Procedural ProgrammingFoundations of Programming, Introduction to Augmented and Virtual Reality, & Introduction to Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Students can start their journey as a data scientist by learning about programming concepts and developing an understanding of Python, or they can begin to gain knowledge of new technologies and how to include them in different job sectors.