If you are interested in working in IT, there are literally hundreds of different job titles you can hold. From software to networks, development to support, you can choose from a huge range of specialisms across just about every industry.
However, a lot of people think that working in IT has a prerequisite of being able to code. While many jobs do involve coding, either as the main part of the job (if you are a developer) or as a significant part of it (for instance if you are a database administrator), there are also plenty of jobs where coding isn’t required.
Here are just four options if you want to work in the IT industry without studying programming. You will still need specialist skills to get these jobs, and you can find out more about how to get them if you think you already have the skills from this IT interview guide.
Usually, a software project has a project manager as well as lead technical roles. The non-technical project manager specializes in managing where time and resources are allocated, risk management for the project, and keeping track of where all the different strands of work are in terms of completion. This is often a role that is client or stakeholder facing.
There are lots of different forms of testing that go into a new software product, whether it is a business app or a game. Some of these, such as automated testing and load testing, do involve advanced technical skills and coding, however the bulk of manual testing is done by people who don’t see the underlying code and instead interact with the product as a user would.
This can be an interesting and important part of the project, as your role is to find and report issues with a system so that the right level of quality can be reached before the product is released.
First Line Support
As with testing, there are some support roles where you have to fix advanced problems, and these can require programming, but the first line support role usually only requires you to know how to troubleshoot common issues users have, and talk them through investigating the problem and providing as much information as possible so they will look to resolve their issue if you cannot.
This is a good choice of career for those who like talking to people and can also be a good entry level IT job from which you can advance to other roles within a company.
Many projects have a technical writer who deals with the documentation for the project, and also produces things like manuals and help files for the product in development. You’ll need some knowledge of the design of a system, but not necessarily its code to be able to do this.
These are just four of many job options in IT for people who don’t want to use programming.