Finding a new job or switching careers nowadays does require more effort but should not be dismissed as impossible. You may just find your passion in building apps or testing new digital products. Jobs in tech are also still in demand and steadily growing as the economy recovers from the effects of the pandemic.
If you’re looking to start a career in tech, you’re not limited to only becoming a programmer. While knowing how to code gives you the necessary foundation, you can expand your expertise into a specific role and area of IT.
Below, we list the 7 different tech roles you can pursue after graduating from Codaisseur’s Full-Stack web development academy.
The most in-demand role in tech is a software engineer. The average salary for a starting software engineer is between 2100 - 3000 euros. After gaining comprehensive knowledge and experience of programming, software engineers create many types of systems such as desktop and web applications, mobile apps, games, robots, operating systems, network systems, etc. They do so using programming languages, frameworks, databases, servers and other technologies to turn an idea into a final product.
Front-end Developer / Back-end Developer / Full-Stack Developer
As a front-end, back-end, or full-stack (both front- and back-end) developer, your main responsibilities include designing and programming systems, and testing these systems. The average salary slightly differs among these developer roles. We’ve laid out the salaries and main differences below:
- Front-end developer (really popular role) < salary range 2100-2700> : Focuses on the visible aspects for the customer (for example: the website)
- Back-end developer <salary range 2100-2900> : Focuses on the hidden side: processing data, saving this data and storing this data in the database.
- Full-stack developer <salary range 2200-3000>: A full-stack developer works on both sides. A front-end and back-end developer in one.
To explain this in an example: If a user wants to create an account, the front-end sends the back-end a message; ‘Create new user, username = danique123’. The back-end receives this message, processes it and makes sure that your account is made. As soon as it is made, the back-end sends a message to the front-end with a message ‘Your account has been made’
The job of a product manager involves preparing, setting up and guiding (big) projects to external companies (for example: construction companies). As a PM, you are responsible for the success of a certain product and are in charge of the development, production and marketing of the product.
A product owner takes direct action when it comes to overseeing development. He or she is tasked with sharing the requests of the customers with the development team. The product owner maintains the product backlog, representing the customer interest. As a Product Owner you are responsible for the “what needs to be done?” and the developers can find their own way in “how are we going to do it?” The product owner monitors the progress and creates a vision on the final product.
The main difference between these two roles is a product manager has more responsibilities and focuses more on the overview of the goals. Both of them work on product development and they both make sure that products have a high quality.
Quality Test Engineer
Quality assurance in tech is a very important and valued role for businesses. As a Quality Test Engineer you are responsible for controlling, securing and improving the quality of the technical process, from sales to delivery, and service.
In other words, you are working for a company and you are looking through the eyes of the customer to the final product. This role is constantly trying to improve the quality of the delivered products or services.
A similar role to the quality test engineer is the software tester. The software tester fixes bugs and provides companies with information about the quality of the software- product or service. They make sure that everything is working as it should be and if not, they work on fixing it.
Technical Support Engineer
A technical support engineer is focused on fixing the technical and ICT-related problems from a customer and clients. His or her work is comparable to the job of a help-desk employee, only his or her focus is on the technical aspects.
Most of the time a technical support engineer has extra advisory or control tasks and is responsible for the used systems to work properly. This job involves less coding, and more responsibility providing answers to tech-related issues of company’s products.
Having knowledge of coding allows you to work with tools, such as a low-code app development platform. As more companies are adopting these tools to build software on a large scale, they are also looking for developers to build specifically with this tool.
Mendix is a software platform that allows you to build and improve mobile and web applications. Through this way of development, less coding is needed to build apps and primarily through a drag & drop system instead. For this role, companies hire all kinds of developers, like the ones aforementioned in this article.
An IT consultant is a great role for someone who enjoys communicating about, and sharing technical information. This role provides advice, guidelines and a roadmap on sourcing, using and managing IT assets and resources.
This consultant therefore informs organizations of the best practices for using IT solutions and services for their business objectives and in solving their problems. This is also a hybrid role which includes partly development and partly consulting less tech-savvy employees and business partners in resolving relevant issues.