By | Yanira Guzmán | www.themuse.com
Tech is an ever-changing field responsible for many of the newest innovations we use every day—making it an exciting industry to work in. And even though people often assume that entering the tech industry as an entry-level candidate requires a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degree or strong computer coding skills, that’s not the case.
Although STEM degrees are highly valued for certain roles within tech, technology companies typically also have plenty of jobs that don’t require a computer science major or strong technical background. For example, finance, sales, marketing, and recruitment are just some of the departments at tech companies that hire people without STEM backgrounds. In short, there’s a range of entry-level roles in tech for people with all kinds of skill sets.
I pivoted from the education industry into tech with a non-STEM degree myself. And as a career coach, I help my clients position themselves for their next roles—many of which are entry-level roles in tech. So I’ve had a chance to see which jobs are particularly promising for recent grads and other candidates with zero to three years of experience.
Here are just some of the entry-level roles in tech that I’ve seen people enter with technical and other backgrounds. (And you can find all kinds of entry-level tech jobs right here on The Muse!)
1. Customer Success Manager (CSM)
Average salary: $69,829
Customer success managers (CSMs) ensure that a service sold by a tech company (typically software as a service, or SaaS) runs smoothly throughout implementation. Working closely with sales representatives, a CSM comes into play toward the end of the sales process. Upon closing the sale, the sales representative typically makes a warm introduction between the customer and the CSM, who becomes the main point of contact between the customer and the company.