How To Get Into Tech (Without Learning To Code)

Published May 17, 2020

Tech is arguably the most dominant industry you and I will ever see. With record-level employment opportunities, salaries nearly double that of the national median wage and an economic output representing 10% of America’s total economy, landing a job in tech is like striking gold.

How To Get Into Tech (Without Learning To Code)

But for many people hoping to join the ever popular (and ever growing) tech tribe, learning CSS or JavaScript can seem like the only option.

However, not everything in tech comes down to code.

While more and more products rely on coding than ever before, there are still plenty of job opportunities which require different, more broad tech skills. Not only do these roles enjoy high rates of employment, but they still offer the perks and hefty paychecks that have become synonymous with the industry.

If you’re wondering how to get into tech without coding capabilities, then read on…

What it’s really like to work in tech

Contrary to popular belief, not that many tech jobs are actually technical.

Sure, we’ve got a lot to thank Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and IBM’s technical masterminds for — they’ve given us the smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, apps, websites and software programs that society is now dependent on.

But computer and IT occupations — the technical jobs that involve implementing new technologies, designing computer networks, and developing apps or websites — only make up 56% of all workers in the tech industry.

So what about the other 44%?

Those are the product managers, HR workers, accountants, sales representatives and customer service workers that tech businesses simply couldn’t function without.

So if you’re a JavaScript novice and squirm at the sight of spreadsheets, you can still break into the wonderful world of tech, no worries!

6 tech roles that don’t require coding skills

These six no-code tech jobs will give you an idea of what’s out there, and how much you can expect to earn — they all go to show how easy it is to get into tech without coding:

UX Designer

User experience designers (UX) are tasked with keeping the end-user in mind. Their primary goal is to increase user satisfaction through creating a simple, engaging, easy-to-use product. While some UX Designers will know code, many simply work alongside coding teams to bring their vision to life.

Responsibilities:

  • Conducting customer research to understand users needs

  • Knowing the most effective ways to structure digital content (information architecture)

  • Making design decisions based on data analysis

  • Building prototypes of test websites/apps

Average salary: $72,780

SEO Specialist

Search engine optimization (SEO) specialists tailor a website’s content for search engines. Despite being heavily marketing-based, this role requires some technical skill as they must keep on top of changes to search engine ranking methods and alter website algorithms accordingly.

Responsibilities:

  • Researching keywords

  • Working with developers and designers to ensure SEO best practices across website and app

  • Optimizing copy to improve search ranking

  • Tracking, reporting and analyzing advertising campaigns

Average salary: $40,750

Growth Hacker

Commonly required by startups, growth hackers combine marketing, technology and business skills to grow a site’s audience by huge numbers. A firm grasp of statistics and data analysis is required to draw conclusions from the tests they run.

Responsibilities:

  • Test new strategies for acquiring users

  • Measure results

  • Being flexible and willing to tweak — or even discard — plans as necessary

Average salary: $74,369

Product Manager

Product managers are in charge of the product strategy for the company (or a specific product line in larger organizations). They direct the growth of a product, as well as come up with new ideas to widen product lines. Yes, you’ll need to understand how a digital product works, but you’ll never need to tweak the code yourself!

Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing creative teams

  • Strategizing plans and devising roles amongst teams

  • Keeping an eye on the wider market and any developments that may impact the product

Average salary: $87,900

Technical Customer Service Representative

One of the most customer-facing roles in tech, a technical customer service representative is someone who helps customers struggling with a technical product. A basic knowledge of technology and the specific product is key, as well as the ability to listen and explain things clearly.

Responsibilities:

  • Dealing with customers and providing solutions to technical issues

  • Evaluating the systems’ problems to recommend enhancements

Average salary: $30,500

Data Analyst

Strong mathematical and analytical skills are vital for data analysts, who draw meaningful conclusions from the collection of data. Occasionally, some companies may ask for programming skills, however the need for advanced coding acumen is rare.

Average salary: $52,981

Sounds great, right? Your next question will probably be how to actually get one of these jobs. Simple: be proactive.

How to get into tech (without learning to code)

Even if you aren’t a die-hard techie, you can begin your voyage into the IT world with a little bit of hard work…

Find tools online

Learning is no longer confined to the four walls of a classroom — now you can access a wealth of valuable educational content online, most of which is free of charge and self-paced.

If you’ve set your sights on product management, FutureLearn offers a free six week intensive course covering the basics (developed by the esteemed University of Virginia’s business school).

Or, if UX design is more your game, Udacity have a free two-month course packed with industry-level content to get you prepped for a career in product design.

These are just two of the many platforms that allow you to get started without any commitments, learn at your preferred place, and build valuable skills in your chosen tech area.

Do some reading

Reading is one of the most efficient ways to get tech-educated, as you can learn about the industry from those working in it day to day.

There are a wealth of tech-ed books out there written by industry veterans that help you to understand which roles suit your skillset and how to climb the tech ladder.

To further your knowledge and keep abreast of the ever-changing tech landscape, sign up to a free weekly newsletter like The Exponential View which covers everything going on (and about to go on) in the tech world.

Get out there

As the old saying goes, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

While you always need some fundamental tech knowledge, having contacts in the industry is key to breaking in.

Integrate yourself into your local area’s tech community by attending seminars, open conferences or meetups like Meteor Camp’s Meteor NY. This meetup attracts techies from near and far to share their knowledge or products, and gain valuable feedback.

Find a mentor

Journeying into a new career can be a pretty daunting task, and experiencing a few tough times is almost a given.

Having someone by your side every step of the way can be an invaluable support system. Even better if they come with expert insider knowledge of the industry, and a black book full of high profile contacts.

MentorCruise has a pool of warm and welcoming tech mentors, equipped with the knowledge and know-how needed to help you get where you want to be.

Providing everything from feedback on interviews and applications, to developing your skills and personal growth, they are on-hand 24/7 (well, almost!) with tailored guidance and a friendly face to help pave your way to code-less tech success.

And with a 7-day trial available from each mentor, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.