Coronavirus has dealt a blow to our livelihoods and the economy. Whole industries all but evaporated as coronavirus forced us to stay home and millions to lose their jobs. This devastation is responsible for many to reflect on their current position or skillsets. Some professions are better suited to last through economic hardships, like the one we are experiencing now. A quick perusing of job boards shows that technology companies are leading the charge in new job postings.
These companies use technology as a vessel to simplify processes for the end-user. This user could be a customer or another business. New companies in established industries are changing the way we buy pet food, razors, and prescriptions by sending them straight to our homes. The ability to get well-made products without leaving our house is driving consumers to become repeat customers.
Innovative applications for the technology is driving the demand for tech workers. The job market for professionals with coding skills has been steadily growing in the past decade.
Knowing how to code opens up many pathways for various jobs that are still hiring during coronavirus.
The Most Resilient Jobs during Coronavirus
Front End Developers
The front end of a website or app is the part consumers see when they open an app or website. It’s the customer-facing side. Front end developers use the coding languages HTML and CSS, among others, to create the infrastructure you see on your screen. The basic languages allow developers to add images and create the fonts you are accustomed to seeing.
Front end developers aren’t the only jobs at tech companies; any company dependent on a website to drive business requires a front end developer. If we’re honest, we use a company’s website to learn about products and purchase them. Based on need alone, front end developers are professionals companies will need during and after the coronavirus ends. Any company worth their weight in salt employs a team of front end developers to ensure their webpages are running smoothly.
A common title for someone who works in computer science is a software engineer. A software engineer builds software programs that can run on a variety of devices. A software engineer might spend time building a mobile app, web-based application, or even a video game. Software engineers are great problem solvers. They understand the complexities of how languages operate and use their skills to troubleshoot issues as they arise.
Software engineers can spend much of their time with algorithms and data sets. They know the most efficient ways to sort through massive amounts of data to improve website performance.
If there is a scenario where no algorithms exist, they have no problem whipping one up.
Computer science careers aren’t only about coding languages or understanding complex algorithms, there are creative outlets as well. Web designers have a variety of roles to create the best experience for the user. Depending on the role, web designers might be called UX or UI designers.
UX designers focus on the experience while UI designers work on the aesthetic and style of a website.
Depending on our personality traits, you might be better suited for one of the two web design roles.
To create easy to use websites, web designers research the needs of the customer. Some parts of a company’s web design team might complete wireframing or prototyping new layouts for websites or mobile-based applications.
Web designers are well paid, with an average salary of around $90,000. If a company, tech, or non-tech, has a poorly designed website, they will likely lose customers.
Due to the high return on investment of web designers, companies will continue hiring for the role no matter the state of the economy.
Average salary of a web designer in dollars
Tech Jobs Will Survive Coronavirus
Coronavirus is merely a blip in time. It may feel like it has lasted forever, but in a few years, we will remember it as a small part of our lives.
You can take this opportunity to get a career that will be around during a bear or bull market.
CTO of Career Karma
Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.