Careers in Technology
What do we mean when we talk about technology careers?
There are multiple ways to discuss careers in technology, but for our purposes, we will break technology down into two distinct categories:
- technology companies
- technology jobs
Many people will have technology jobs in organizations that are not in the technology industry. For instance, you might be a web developer working for a federal government agency. In that case, the job is a technology job, but the industry is government.
Or you might work for a tech company in a role that requires no advanced technology skills at all, such as a marketing role. In the past couple of years, for instance, Oracle has hired many Georgetown graduates for their business development roles.
The skills you need to succeed
There are many ways to acquire coding skills other than majoring in computer science. You can take courses on Lynda.com you can take courses at Georgetown. There are free websites such as Code Academy or General Assembly’s Dash tool, dedicated to teaching you how to code. So if coding is something that you want to learn, you may not need to major in computer science to do it. Employers who require people with coding skills might look first to computer science majors, but ultimately, they care that you have the skills they need. So if you can get those skills elsewhere and demonstrate your ability, you will have a chance at those types of jobs as well.
If you want to work in web development, having design skills is very important. Not just graphic design skills or web design skills but user experience design and information architecture skills. Stanford design school’s guide to design thinking is a valuable tool to begin learning about design as an approach to problem solving. Being able to design content in a way that is meaningful and accessible for users is an incredibly valuable skill in the world of web design.
Get experience in technology
If you want to develop your skills in a field like computer programming, data analysis, or UX design, there are many resources available to help you. For example, if you want to learn to code, you might use Code Academy or Lynda.
You don’t have to be a computer science major to learn how to code. You can learn computer programming skills by taking a class at Georgetown, by joining the Georgetown club GUWomen Coders. You can also participate in hackathons and other events with the Georgetown University Computers and Electronics Club.
- Computer Programmer
- Database Administrator
- Front-End Developers
- Information Security Analyst
- Network and Computer Systems Administrators
- Product Quality Associate
- Software Engineers
- Systems Analysts
- Information Security Analysts
The employers below hired Georgetown graduates into entry-level positions. This information comes from our 2012 and 2013 first destination surveys.