Which Career Should You Pursue in IT?

Background

I was interested in programming since I was in 6th grade. But because of no proper guidance, I messed around here and there in the technologies realm. I liked making the computer do things. Whenever I got an idea, I just searched for it on the internet and made it. But after some time, I started to feel like I was not becoming a master in some field. I was like a jack of all trades but the master of none.

So I started reading a lot of articles on How to choose a field in Computer Science. I wanted a field that allowed me to create new and interesting things that would help people and solve their problems. I tried Machine Learning, but it was too mathematical for me. So, I finally choose to pursue mastery in Web Development and Cloud Architecture field.

So I am writing this article to help those who are don’t know what field to pursue their careers in, or just starting out in Computer Science in general.

Introduction

Information technology has changed the world. More industries than ever are leveraging IT to solve problems. As companies strive to keep up with the times, more jobs are becoming available. But with so many options to choose from, how do you decide which one to choose from?

As the old saying goes, knowledge is power, and I hope this article will empower you to make an informed decision in your pursuit of IT developer careers.

This is a long post but try to read fully. It will help you a lot.

Table of Contents

Core IT Skills

Each career path in IT requires significantly different preparation. However, they all share a common core of knowledge and skills.

Technical Skills

One of the most important aspects of being an IT developer is the ability to program machines. Here, the term developer implies an ability to build. In the case of IT developers, what you are building is IT systems consisting of hardware controlled by software produced through programming. However, programming skills by themselves are not very useful unless they are coupled with specific domains such as cybersecurity or system administration.

Soft Skills

Technical skills may lead you to job interviews or even job offers. But they are not the only thing that interviewer is seeing during the interview. He is also focusing on your soft skills that are oral presentation skills, writing skills, interpersonal skills, time management skills, leadership skills et cetera.

Due to the service nature of the IT field, you don’t spend all of your time sitting in a cubicle, typing code all day. Even in smaller companies, a lot of your time will be spent meeting with customers or coworkers, because you are developing solutions for them. So you need to interact with them to better understand their problems.

So, Don’t ever think you only need technical skills to succeed in an IT career. you definitely need social skills as well.

Major Fields

There are numerous flavors of IT developer jobs out there and it’s impossible to cover all of them because new ones are still coming out even as we speak. The best approach is to focus on the major categories and career paths described below.

Overview of each career path has been divided into its own article to keep the length of the article short. Each article describes the several roles available, preparation tips, and certifications to get for each major field.

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15 Oct 2020

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Wajahat Ahmedbcsf15m056@pucit.edu.pk 16 Oct 2020

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updated_at 15-10-2020