From software engineering and web or app development, to data science and analytics, these exponentially growing functions offer opportunities across a wide spectrum of industries and fields. Some examples of technical functional areas include cloud computing, mobile development, artificial intelligence and machine/deep learning, programming, product management, and user interaction and experience. Cyber security is also experiencing a surge in growth with technical opportunities in both the public and private sectors (e.g. government agencies, defense, aerospace, insurance, and banking) for specialists who can help battle cybercrime.

Finding Internships

Employers are seeking candidates with strong technical skills, which you may develop through your coursework or through independent learning projects. Larger “name brand” organizations often prefer candidates in their junior year, but many have freshmen and sophomore programs to introduce students to technology career paths.

Finding Jobs

For technical positions, employers seek candidates with a strong, proven technical skillset. Knowledge of operating systems and software or programming skills—for example, writing code in particular languages, is required and will be assessed in the interview process. Certain job functions (such as data science) often require specific skills. There are also many options to join technology companies in non-technical roles, such as marketing, human resources, and business development.

Graduate and Professional Programs

Deciding whether to pursue a research-based Ph.D. program versus a professional master’s degree depends on your ultimate goals. Graduate school is necessary for a research or academic career, though less so for general technology industry pathways. For fields like data science or cyber security, plan on pursuing a focused master’s or Ph.D. degree to learn specialized knowledge and abilities applicable to those fields.

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Get Ready for Your Coding Interview

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If you’ve nabbed an interview for a software development position, it’s likely that you’ll have to face a common hurdle—the…

Intro to Machine Learning

Taught by Dan Becker
Learn the core ideas in machine learning, and build your first models.

Learn Intro to SQL

Taught by Rachael Tatman & Alexis Cook
Learn SQL for working with databases, using Google BigQuery.

Data Science Foundations and Fundamentals

Taught by Barton Poulson
Data science is driving a world-wide revolution that touches everything from business automation to social interaction. It’s also one of…

Intro to Web Design & Development

Taught by Jen Kramer
Are you interested in learning more about a career in web design and development? Getting on the internet is one…

Finding New Career Paths with SQL

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The SQL language is widely used and can be applied to a variety of technical fields such as data warehousing,…

Transitioning to Product Management

Taught by Cole Mercer
It’s possible to jump into a product management role with a nontraditional background. In this course, product manager Cole Mercer…

The Data Science of Healthcare, Medicine, and Public Health

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Data analytics plays an increasingly pivotal role in how we go about managing our healthcare systems and our own personal…

Technology and Data Careers in Government

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Today, some of the most exciting, meaningful, impactful, and in-demand IT careers are in helping to make cities work well.…

Introduction to Github

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Product Manager Interview Prep

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In this course, you’ll learn exactly what to expect during a product management interview, and view exclusive interviews with practicing…

How to Build a Startup

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