By Suhasini Dudhwewala
It is common for talented programmers to pursue challenging careers. Some programmers discover that they don’t have the passion for programming they once did. They don’t see themselves sitting at their workstations and coding for the next five to ten years. So, they seek careers that go beyond programming because these jobs are more challenging and better paying.
Those who have a technical bent of mind and excellent programming skills have a variety of career options open to them. There are several roles where knowledge of programming is a prerequisite but not central to the job. A few such occupations and what they entail are mentioned below.
A data scientist is tasked with using data to uncover actionable business insights. Data scientists use analytical, statistical, and programming skills to solve challenges faced by businesses. For many programmers who like working with people, the great thing about being a data scientist is that interaction with people increases significantly. Data Scientists code less than programmers and strike an even balance between working with technology and understanding the business.
b.) Data Analyst:
For programmers who want to put their careers on the fast track, working as a data analyst can be a catalyst. A data analyst acts as a liaison between the business side of the company and its technical teams. They review, analyze, and evaluate businesses and what users need. The data they gather is shared with business teams and technical teams.
Data analysts code relatively little but need to have excellent interpersonal skills. They strike an even balance between working with technology and people. They acquire a balanced understanding of how technology is relevant to the business.
IT Security Analyst:
Working as an IT security analyst is a tremendous responsibility. Such an analyst is responsible for protecting their company’s system against any cyber vulnerabilities. A security analyst also implements security solutions and researches trends related to data security. For programmers who enjoy coding, working as an IT security analyst can be very rewarding. As a security analyst, they will spend considerable time on their workstation. They will need to know how to code well as the job demands considerable expertise in coding. Notably, an IT security analyst spends very little time understanding the business side of a company’s operations. For programmers who are inclined to work in a rigorous and structured environment, where they master technologies, working as an IT security analyst can be ideal.
Unlike the designations above, a technical writer does not code. A technical writer is responsible for writing technical content. Programmers who have coding expertise make outstanding technical writers because they can explain how complex code works using simple language. Technical writers spend considerable time in front of their workstation but don’t code. Excitingly for many programmers, they learn a great deal about the business side of their employers’ operations.
Many talented programmers are exploring options that take them beyond coding. The challenges presented by working in domains like big data, security, and technical writing are welcomed by those who are willing to chase their dream of becoming more than programmers.
The author is the Co- Founder & CFO Appitsimple.