You may have an interest in a tech career but the idea of spending your days in an office working with IT systems is not for you. Fortunately, there are quite a few technical careers you can pursue that have nothing to do with an office. Best of all: they pay very well. Consider these three tech careers that might be a perfect fit for you.
Web Designer Or Programmer
These professionals design, test and implement websites or software. While many web designers and programmers work in an office, many do not. You also have the option of striking out on your own to become a freelance web designer or programmer. These careers are heavily in demand due to the need for good websites and new software, and lend themselves very well to working out of an office—even at home or while traveling the world. You will typically have to have a portfolio of work to demonstrate your skills to clients or potential employers. While experience and an impressive portfolio are perhaps more important for employment in this field, an associate’s degree or other formal training program is often helpful and necessary. Web developers and software programmers make over $60,000 annually on average with the potential for much more if their software or app is wildly successful.
Electricians make around $52,000 per year installing and repairing electrical systems of all kinds. They primarily work on-site wherever their services are needed, including outside. In most states, electricians have to be licensed, and they are trained via apprenticeships and occasionally technical school. The role of electricians requires taking important safety precautions, and always using proper storage for their equipment, like these conducive bins from Quantum Storage.
Elevator Installer And Repairer
These professionals are in the business of installing and maintaining elevators anywhere that needs them. This means you will get to work in many different places, from private businesses to schools to museums and hotels and more. You also will get to interact with clients and work with them to deliver the product and services that fit their needs. Elevator technicians command a very high salary—$78,890 a year, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This job does not require a college degree. You will need a high school diploma and an apprenticeship. In most states, once your education is completed, you are required to obtain a license to work as an elevator installer and repairer.
Technical careers are booming right now. If you’re interested in pursuing one but don’t like the idea of spending your workdays in an office, you fortunately have other options. These careers are very lucrative as well, making them an attractive alternative to more traditional tech-based roles. Consider these options to find the right tech-based career for your free spirit.