Getting to a Tech Career- 10 Tech Jobs That Don’t Require a Degree

by August 16, 2020

Tech Career

Looking for a tech job, but do not want to invest in a four-year or graduate degree?

The rapidly changing technology-oriented roles emphasize skills over education and work experience. This is evident by the surge of citizen data scientises across tech roles. Interestingly, many tech industry pioneers, like Microsoft’s Bill Gates Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Steve Jobs and Oracle’s Larry Ellison, have never earned a degree!

New-collar jobs, also known as “middle-skill jobs,” require certain hard skills, but do not necessarily require a four-year college degree (or an extensive work history). Often, recruits can get the job requisite skills through an apprenticeship, vocational training, a certificate program, or a two-year degree program.

Analytics Insight compiles a list of 10 Tech Jobs that don’t require a degree, and are in high demand-


Cybersecurity Analyst

Every organization both in the public and private domain are looking to recruit cybersecurity experts who can demonstrate their trustworthiness and security with data privacy requirements. Cybersecurity analysts protect an enterprise by employing a range of technologies to detect and manage cyber threats. As a cybersecurity analyst, you will protect IT infrastructure (including networks, hardware and software) from a gamut of criminal activity.

Cybersecurity Analyst Average Salary: US$95,500 per year


Systems Analyst

Systems Analysts design or rethink an organization’s information systems and procedures, with a major focus on overall efficiency and profitability. Computer systems analysts with a bachelor’s degree—including from outside of IT-specific fields are often sought, however, a specialist degree is not required for the entry-level roles.

Systems Analyst average salary: $88,250 per year

Database Manager

Database managers or database administrator is someone who stores and organizes data using specialized software. Database Manager makes sure that the data is secure and available to the stakeholders. While some database administrators require a bachelor’s or master’s degree in management information systems, some employers look for database managers who have strong knowledge of database languages, like Structures Query Language (SQL).

Database Administrator Analyst average salary: US$87,000 per year


Network and Computer Systems Administrator

Working in every field, from IT to finance to education, network and computer systems administrators install and operate computer systems. While some network and computer systems administrator jobs require a bachelor’s degree, most job openings require only a postsecondary certificate along with strong computer skills.

Network and Computer Systems Administrator average salary: US$83,500 per year


Network Engineer

Network engineers develop, set up and maintain networks for the smooth functioning if the IT enterprise. They typically deal with physical hardware rather than software. Many employers call for a bachelor’s degree for this role, but entry-level spots can be found without a formal degree requirement.

Network Engineer average salary: US$71,500 per year


Business Analyst

Business Analysts have taken up utmost priority as the dynamics of the business keeps changing. They communicate with all stakeholders to analyse and validate the project requirements for changes to business processes, information systems, and policies. It must be noted that the decisions taken by Business Analysts leave an impact on the financial prospects of the organization.

Business Analyst average salary- US$60,000 per year


Software Quality Tester

Software quality testers (SQTs) test the quality of software products before their public launch to ensure that they are working properly. Software Quality Testers run various functional, stress, and scalability tests across numerous customer scenarios to eliminate the loopholes holes and subsequently improve the quality of the final product.

Software Quality Testers average salary: US$53,650 per year


Data Analyst

Data analytics jobs are perfect for those who have a strong affinity for data set analysis, trend spotting, and strength in conveying the findings in layman’s terms. Strong mathematical and analytical skills are key to the role data analysts’ skills. The knowledge of statistics collection and organization of large sets of data is central to the job description.

Data Analyst average salary: US$53,000 per year


Technical Recruiter

Technical recruiters don’t perform hands-on tasks with technology or coding, they are immensely critical to the fundamental understanding of the larger technical landscape.  Excellent communication skills are key for a technical recruiter, besides the experience working in technology fields is a bonus.

Technical Recruiters average salary: US$45,500 per year


Junior Data Analyst

Junior data analysts’ primary assist senior analysts with retrieving, cleaning and organizing data. Besides, they can also perform data entry activities in databases that include data cleaning and data treatment processes. To begin, they must understand at least one programming language and must be willing to take courses in data science.

Data Analyst average salary: US$45,000 per year