Follow Your Passion: Exciting Tech Careers For Geeks
As the world relies increasingly on advanced technology, careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field are increasingly in demand — which is great news for geeks. In the US, STEM jobs are expected to grow 13% by 2027 and 93% of all STEM positions pay over double the national average of non-STEM jobs, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates. So, whether you love video games, computers, space, or science, there’s an exciting job out there to suit your talents.
Video Game Designer
A video game designer is a great way to turn your passion for video games into a career. You’ll be involved in creating sketches, concept art, and animations to determine video game settings and characters, as well as the overall style and mechanics of a game. The average annual salary for video game designers is $73,864 with the potential to reach $86,563 after six years of experience. You’ll first need a four-year degree in computer science (preferably with specializations specific to video games), which costs about $167,968. College is investment, but you can keep debt to a minimum by looking after your finances. During college, you should also work on building a portfolio to help get your foot in the door.
Ethical hacking is a great career match for computer nerds interested in IT security. The job involves testing a company’s IT security for vulnerabilities — it’s a complex role often using the same methods illegal hackers use to breach networks. The necessary steps are then taker to strengthen the company’s security. There are no set qualifications required to be an ethical hacker, but a bachelor’s or master’s degree in internet security, mathematics, or computer science are great springboards into the role. The average salary starts at about $72,000 and can advance to over $100,000 with experience.
If you’re fascinated by the endless mystery of space, working at NASA is the dream career. NASA scientists study all sorts of subjects including other planets, galaxies, comets, black holes, and stellar explosions — it’s your choice what you specialize in. You’ll also need to do essential research and testing in advance of any space mission. You’ll at least need a bachelor’s degree in physics, space science, astrophysics, or astronomy, but you’ll earn more with a master’s or PhD. Salaries range from $35,000 to over $100,000.
There’s no time like the present to start planning your future. With hard work and dedication, you can make your geeky passion your career.
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