In today's digital era, technology is ever evolving, with new technologies and game changing developments transforming the way we work and live. This has opened up industry to a much wider set of roles than ever before. Prachi Thakur of Stemettes gives advice on some of the career options your child could have if they study tech
Technology is no longer just about writing lines of code but it is about understanding how a human need or task can be performed better through the use of technology.
The growth of social media and mobile platforms has transformed the way we do things over the last decade, opening up new, fun and interesting career paths.
There are a wide variety of roles which one can take on in the tech industry, with jobs suiting every personality, interest and ability.
At Stemettes, we showcase all sorts of people working across the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Here are some exciting job options available within technology to people studying STEM subjects.
Like a structural architect designs a building, a software architect designs a software solution, which once built helps a company achieve their goals.
Skills and interests required: problem solving, analysis, communication, initiative and enterprise, creativity.
Works closely with a business to understand and define what they want to achieve from their technology.
Skills and interests required: teamwork, communication, analysis, planning and organising.
User interface designer/web designer
Designs cool, flashy, mobile-friendly and truly functional web pages for businesses.
Skills and interests required: web design skills.
Quality Assurance (QA) manager
Responsible for quality control and testing of IT projects, ensuring the software does what it is supposed to and is meeting the needs of the business.
Skills and interests required: detail oriented, teamwork.
Project and programme manager
Otherwise known as PMs, they are in charge of managing the teams that design and build IT projects.
Skills and interests required: leadership, teamwork, communication, planning and organizing.
Gains an understanding of the business requirements and building technology solutions using a wide range of programming languages.
Skills and interests required: technology, mathematics, problem solving, creativity.
Data analytics/data scientist
Masters of extracting meaning and value from data. Think of the trillions of rows of data some of the apps we use every day like Google and Facebook would have about us, and the kind of information helpful to a business that could be driven from that.
Skills and interests required: inquisitiveness, technology.
In today’s world of mobile apps this is a truly creative role, building highly functional, intuitive and fun mobile applications which can be used worldwide.
Skills and interests required: technology, creativity.
A visionary role calling for an inquisitive mind, looking into the next big thing. Spanning areas of informatics such as artificial intelligence and bioinformatics, a research scientist looks to conduct experiments and use new and upcoming technologies to see how our lives can be enhanced.
Skills and interests required: technology, creativity, inquisitiveness, initiative, enterprise.
Young people: find the right career for you
In technology, you could end up working across a range of industries, building the next big thing to transform the way we do things. It is really important to choose a career which works for you as an individual.
‘All you need is to be inquisitive about technology/tools’
You can enter these jobs with any specific degree and qualification. All you need is to be inquisitive about technology/tools and have a certain level of business acumen and creative flare to perform these jobs well.
The job you choose should be a good balance of your interests and abilities, allowing you to feel engaged and motivated in your day-to-day work.
After all, you will be spending eight hours of your day in a job, so it’s vital that you are doing something which is of interest to you and suits your abilities well.
Our SIAD (Stem in a Day) programme at Stemettes, takes girls out of the educational environment to visit a STEM company and get practical insights into the tech industry. We also run Hackathons for girls aged 5+ years, which gives them first hand experience of coding and lets them have some fun too! Check out our roster of events, free event listing in OtotheB or our new school clubs programme.
- www.stemnet.org.uk offers advice and inspiration to all young people on STEM careers with their STEM ambassadors programme. It also runs the STEM Clubs programme https://www.stem.org.uk/enrichment/stem-clubs which provides secondary schools with out-of-timetable sessions where pupils can explore STEM subjects.
- For more advice on careers in tech, try the Tech Partnership a network of employers working to create skills for the UK's digital economy.
- Gradcracker is a careers website for STEM university students offering ‘more STEM employers, placements and graduate opportunities’ than on ‘any other careers website in the UK.’
The advice published on Parent Info is provided by independent experts in their field and not necessarily the views of Parent Zone or CEOP.
First published: February 2017
Updated: May 2018