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Tech jobs that will not require a degree

Learning on the job will be the main skill

There is no surprise that, in the near future, for certain types of jobs, in particular the ones in the tech field, you will no longer need a full academic title. You will learn to develop the skills on the job. You might need a specialized training or, to some extent, previous working experience in the same area. Free and open source online courses will be part of your permanent learning path.

According to CNBC, ‘Rapid technological change, combined with rising education costs, have made our traditional higher-education system an increasingly anachronistic and risky path […] Yet too often, degrees are still thought of as lifelong stamps of professional competency. They tend to create a false sense of security, perpetuating the illusion that work – and the knowledge it requires – is static. It’s not.’ A World Economic Forum report revealed that 10 years ago most jobs or specialties had yet to be born, and this trend will keep accelerating at a fast rate.

Let’s find out some tech jobs for which a university degree will not be necessary:

Cybersecurity analyst

 Cyber-security is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. It’s also known as information technology security or electronic information security. The term applies in a variety of contexts, from business to mobile computing, and can be divided into a few common categories.’ If you are an entry level cyber security analyst you will have to ‘handle the “grunt work” like reviewing logs, controlling network settings, doing basic testing’. This will become one of the most demanded roles, and very well-paid. Working environments will become more and more connected and hyper-technological, therefore this professional figure will be almost mandatory.

Web developer

If you love coding you should know that many web developers are self-taught, without any specific training. A web developer “designs, creates and maintain websites”. In this specific case, having the right amount of experience will help you become more intuitive and fast in solving problems.    

Web designer

Another role that doesn’t require a formal education is web designer that can be considered the ‘complementary half’ of the web developer. A web designer takes care of the ‘front end’ and creates ‘all the parts you see: a website’s appearance, interactive features, layout, images, and sometimes even content’. Creativity is a very important skill that is required for this job.

Mobile app developer

All kinds of businesses will shift towards the mobile version for a much agile and faster use of information. Having website is very important but a well-designed and elegant mobile app is crucial. For this role, “experience and skills matter more than formal education”.

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