I look back at my photos from college and feel like I gained valuable insight into my soul and deep friendships.
Midnight runs to grab fro-yo, countless trips to ruin my bank account at Target, and my personal favorite- pillow talks with roommates about crushes, fears, and dreams made me feel like my life was surrounded by a blissful peace.
After I graduated with college, I truly missed that kinship. There were no late night talks about my future and I sat alone with my computer trying to scour the internet for jobs.
If you were one of the lucky ones who had an internship or was hooked up immediately with an amazing full-time job, that is fantastic! My life, however, was a maze of twists and turns that luckily turned out great!
And my hope for you, wonderful woman, is that you will find hope in these words that regardless of your career path.
You are not alone.
You are amazing and confident.
You can do it.
After a variety of jobs, inner reflection, and what I believe is a divine appointment, I went into the teaching field to teach Preschool and eventually Kindergarten. And years later- another long story- I was able to launch myself into a technology career that I believe really suits my interests and passions.
Today, I’ll be talking about career fields I wish I knew about when I graduated college.
During this next section, we will discuss career descriptions, salary ranges or averages, and provide additional information regarding each position.
Here are 5 Careers in Technology in no particular order.
- Instructional Designer – an Instructional Designer creates training and development for elementary schools, businesses, or higher education. Many large and small corporations alike such as Amazon, Ford, Verizon, etc. need designers to train employees on how to use their technology or carry out specific procedures. Qualifications can range from an undergraduate degree in Instructional Design or Education, however many positions require a Master’s Degree. Many ID ( Instructional Designers) were previously teachers or worked in education. Salary ranges based on the 2015 Elearning Guild Research Salary and Compensation Report indicates that amount can vary by the city between $64k – 101k with places like San Francisco reaching the highest paid positions. Interested in teaching online content as an ID? Read this article on the background and skill set needed for an ID HERE <—
- User Interface Designer – a UI Designer, not to be confused with a UX Designer, typically is associated with the overall “experience” or “feel” of a website or mobile application amongst other projects. Essentially, the goal of a UI Designer is to figure out the design aspects and ease of use for the user. According to payscale.com, the average UI Designer receives approximately $74k annually with the low end of $49k and the high around $100k. Read this article on what it takes to be a UI Designer HERE <—-
- Software Engineer– A Software Engineer is someone who designs and develops computer software (definition from Sokanu.com ). Google, Quicken Loans, Apple, and many other technology companies require the skillset that software engineers provide in order to meet the demands of their consumers. Technology is vastly changing and engineers help to meet the changes in the market. Salary ranges according to Payscale.com indicate the average salary around $82k- the low being $59k and the high rounding a whopping $120k annually. Read this article on the requirements of a Software Engineer HERE <—-
- Social Media Manager – Social Media Managers have a variety of responsibilities including posting content on behalf of a brand/company or responding to customers questions or comments. According to an article by Business Insider the salary range from 2011 was about $35k to $57k. Here is a great beginner’s guide to what a social media manager does and how to become one HERE. Another great article on the best qualities in a social media manager from Forbes HERE. <—–
- Graphic Designer – Ah yes, Graphic Designers. Graphic Designers wear multiple hats in a role. They can create graphics for unique products such as prints, t-shirts, mugs, etc., provide inspired and visually appealing marketing content, or provide graphics for branding a company via Web Design. Most of the time, however, the Graphic Designer receives requests from the individual or company regarding the scope and complexity of a project and continue to go from there. The average salary of a Graphic Designer according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics is about $53k. Read this interesting article about one college graduates lessons about working in graphic design HERE. <——
More than anything else, I am confident and hopeful that you will be able to achieve your dreams if you put that great mind and heart of yours to action.
As Thomas Edison once said,”Success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.”
I’ll be out working with Women in Technology to ask them questions. Comment below with any questions you have for women in tech and or business!