7 jobs you can do in the IT industry without a degree
The Internet has brought along a whole landscape of IT jobs you do not need a degree for. The best part of this is that you do not need a fixed location for most of them. Freelancing is the operative word to build up experience and gain expertise.
The key to mastering the internet is to be inquisitive, have internet access and a computer. These occupations are exotic, because they are new and often unheard of.
Here are 7 jobs that you can do in the IT industry without a degree:
1. WordPress Developer: WordPress is a platform that most people use to write blogs, which is off course a brilliant way to supplement your income. That means millions of people and companies need this system to work for them and many thousands of them are depending on it to make a living.
If you’re an expert at making it work, they will pay you – lots. Relatively simple programming and a high-level, open architecture make it one of the easier forms of software development to learn.
2. Blogger: Given enough interesting content, it’s not all that hard to build up a blog with the following of a small newspaper or magazine, and with some low-key sponsorship or advertising like Google Adsense, that is good enough to make a living. If you write enough articles you can even compile an e-book and publish it online and become an established writer in the process (without going through constant rejections from old school publishers).
3. Web Designer: Find ways to create little websites that sell nicely-packaged information to people who search for it. These lodge themselves into search engines and start generating low-effort streams of money.
4. YouTube Channel Owner: There are now millions of viewers available to watch anything you create. Some guy named Randall talked for two minutes about the Honey Badger, and the video has had over 61 million views now – and he’s probably set for life but YouTube is not just about stuff that unpredictably goes viral. Much of the money being made there is meat-and-potatoes hard-work stuff.
Teenagers create hundreds of well-made Minecraft instructional videos with their own personal brand and style. Eric the Car Guy does well telling us how to fix our cars. Guitar and piano lessons, done well, earn their makers more than they would from teaching live students. As manufactured items become more commercialized and thus more expensive people are increasingly finding ways to get paid for their hobbies. There are so many groups on social platforms like Facebook and Etsy where people can advertise their homemade goods and they are making some good money.
Take Justin Bieber for example: He launched himself on YouTube a couple of years back and was recently one of the first artists to sell out his concert at Madison square garden within 30 seconds of the ticket sales opening. The point is: if you are good at what you do, your hobby might open other doors. Either way, there’s no bad reason to learn a new creative skill.
5. Graphic designer: With some artistic flair and knowledge of design programs like CorelDraw or Adobe Photoshop you can easily start your own business or be a freelance graphic designer for anything from business cards, to billboards to websites.
6. Social Media Marketer / Community Manager: This digital profession is a fairly new one in a constantly changing field. Social Media Marketers / Community Managers market and monitor company and business Facebook pages, post updates and respond to queries from potential customers. Thousands of articles are available online for you to read on how to embrace this field.
Some digital agencies require that you at least have a degree in the Media field, but if you have 3-5 years experience of working on your own, you could be head-hunted by them. If you understand the digital realm and you have a detail knowledge of social media networks like Google+, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, this could be the profession for you.
7. Copywriter: Many companies, agencies and websites are in need of copywriters. Thousands of articles and numerous online courses are available to develop copywriting skills. You can get paid per article and could end up making a decent living for writing unique and SEO-friendly copy for individuals, companies and other businesses.
Well, there you have it, 7 jobs you can do in the IT industry without a degree. If you know of other jobs you can do online without a degree, comment here and let us know. I trust that you find this informational useful. If you did, feel free to share this article with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. Remember: Sharing is caring.
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