Where Do Business Majors Fit In The Tech Space?

Today everyone is being pushed into doing something in technology. What is not being explained is how vast and complicated that could be. Some people are lucky; they have mentors or advisors who can instruct them as to where they need to go in their career, while others try to figure it out. Many believe if you aren’t a software engineering there is no way you can make it to Silicon Valley but that is not the truth. You don’t always need a Computer science or engineering degree to work in tech. Business majors actually can have a very lucrative future at a tech company.

NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald responded in an interview about his role on the team with “Every guy has different strengths in the NFL. Receivers are different, running backs are different, but they all have that one thing that they do that’s special: that thing that keeps them on the roster every year”. Likewise in business, you need to know how to play your role and make sure it compliments your strength. This is the best way to excel in your career and shine at your company.

If you find that you have a business degree and know how to code, awesome. Learning to code is great but being able to get a group of coders to work together to finish projects or build a product is even better. If business is your strength person like you usually excel at but not limited to the following positions

• Customer Success Manager
• Digital Marketing Analyst /Manager
• Business Development 
• Reporting and Analytics Analyst 
• Product Manger 
• Technical Writer 
• Community Manager 
• User Researcher
• Content Strategist

“Tech jobs will account for only 5% of all U.S. positions by 2018” says Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. “It is creating jobs at a 33% faster rate than other sectors.” So for all business majors who are looking to get into the tech, it is recommended to find opportunities at startups to medium-sized companies. These organizations tend to be more flexible about passing up on traditional requirements for candidates and focusing more on transferrable skills and potential. They usually offer more positions that involve you expanding your horizon. So you are more than likely to find the role you’re looking for there.

@garethburrowes is the Product Manager at the Tech Connection. The Tech Connection is a recruitment platform that supports the professional development of untapped technical talent. They offer individualized career planning and job placement to candidates. They strive to deliver the best talent to high performing and innovative teams.