1. Product Manager
Paid even more than software engineers in Silicon Valley, product managers (sometimes called product owners) oversee strategy, design, and implementation of the products their companies create. This is a role that usually requires more experience than others on the list (and while coding isn’t required, having some knowledge of it will only help you).
2. Project Manager
In some ways this is similar to product management above, but on a smaller scale. Project managers oversee individual projects from the planning stage to execution, with a gift for seeing the big picture as well as the smaller details. They work across teams, pulling together engineers, marketers, product specialists, and more.
3. Technical Writer
Depending where you are working, knowing how to program can help you be a better technical writer. However, there’s plenty of technical content to write that has nothing to do with coding, whether it’s manuals, product press releases, or instructions and use cases.
4. User Experience Designer
If you’re good at identifying and articulating the strengths and weaknesses of products, understanding user needs, and sifting through data, UX design could be calling your name. Plus, you’ll have the satisfaction of making your users’ lives easier.
5. User Interface Designer
Named one of LinkedIn’s most in-demand skills of 2017, user interface design mostly focuses on working with software to create a clear, efficient, and attractive interface for the user. It’s a great tech-career choice for artists or graphic designers.
6. Information Architect
Do you ever find yourself clicking around on websites and thinking “this could have been set up so much better”? You might be cut out to be an information architect. Another sub-specialty of design and user experience, this career focuses on optimizing the structure and organization of a website.
7. Mobile Designer
Accessing a website on a smartphone or tablet is often a very different experience than seeing it on a larger screen. Mobile designers are there to make sure websites and apps can work well across a variety of devices. They typically work closely with UX and UI specialists.
8. SEO/SEM Specialist
Search engines still matter, since over six billion searches are made each day. Another one of LinkedIn’s most lucrative skills for 2017, search engine optimization and marketing specialists are responsible for boosting a website’s organic ranking and turning some of those searches into traffic that converts.
9. Marketing Automation Manager
Especially for larger companies, marketing automation is invaluable. They create and oversee marketing campaigns, including things like developing email funnels, nurturing strong leads, and working with marketing automation tools to reduce day-to-day busywork.
10. Business Analyst
Business analysts act as liaisons between developers and customers to translate client requirements into actionable tasks. In short, business analysts are the client-facing side of software development.
11. Technical Recruiter
While you won’t be spending your days coding as a technical recruiter, chances are you’ll be totally lost if you’re not familiar with coding/development lingo. That’s because as a recruiter, you’re responsible for finding, interviewing, and ultimately hiring tech talent–so you have to know enough to vet them properly.
12. Operations Manager
Operations managers help keep the company running smoothly. They might coordinate with contractors, organize the supply chain, and make sure that people and equipment make it to where they’re supposed to be.
13. System Administrator
Sysadmins work with the day-to-day operations of a company’s tech needs. They set up computers, back up files, create firewalls, and more. The best system administrators do having some coding ability, but you might be able to learn what’s necessary as you go.
14. Software Quality Tester
People in this career are responsible for putting software through strenuous testing before it hits the market. If you’re good at using software and devising tests to try to break it, you’ll be a good quality tester.
15. Tech Support Specialist
Most tech support roles involve solving fairly simple problems. Depending on the company, it can require more highly technical troubleshooting, but in most cases it’s more about your communication skills than anything else.
16. Software Sales Representative
As a field, sales is fast-paced, high-pressure, and very lucrative if you’re good at it and play your cards right. It’s not for everyone, but if you’ve got the right personality and a head for software, there are plenty of bonuses and commissions to be had.
17. Multi media arts and animation
Multimedia artists and animators earn $63,800 per year on average. Aside from the financial reward, this is an extremely varied field with countless potential career paths.
Multimedia artists and animators are responsible for creating the cool visual effects you see on TV, in movies, and in video games. Depending on their exact specialization, they might work on developing storyboards, creating drawings and computer graphics, and designing 3D figures and characters.
The most common route into multimedia art is a degree in 3D animation or computer graphics—but there are no hard-and-fast requirements. Above all, you need to feel at home using computer animation software, conducting project research, and presenting your ideas to key stakeholders.
If you do go down the multimedia route, you could find yourself working in TV, film, advertising, PR, or the video game industry. With a projected employment growth rate of eight percent through to 2026, this is both an interesting and steady career path.
18. Marketing manager
A marketing manager often works for an agency or private company, leading a messaging or brand strategy. The marketing manager might work with digital ad campaigns, designing the advertisements and deciding on messaging and visuals. The manager also might work with more traditional display advertising or develop content marketing ideas.
A concept artist creates art to align with a marketing or branding campaign. The artist takes a concept and creates a visual style around the idea. For example, if a company wants to emphasize that their product is a lightweight, easy-to-use tool, the concept artist might create visuals that align with that messaging.
20. Creative director
A creative director might work in various industries, providing an overarching vision to the creative process. Sometimes a creative director works for an advertising agency and might lead the staff in creating campaigns. The creative director might design the campaign and plan how different creative elements deliver the desired message.
A videographer works with taking video at events. A videographer might work for an agency or a company or work independently. A videographer might film social events such as weddings or work to record speakers at large business events and conferences. Some videographers might make videos by assignment, such as a company’s introductory video or a safety video.