The coolest jobs in tech

Fancy swapping your current job for something a little more fun? We recently discussed what you can do with a Computer Science degree, but the real question is: what job do you WANT to go into?

Some of the tech jobs you wish to go into may not be the highest paying of the bunch, but we reckon they’re so desirable you’d pay to do them.

We have picked what we think are the coolest jobs in tech for all you graduates looking for a job.

Computer Games Tester

What could be better than being paid to spend your time playing the latest video games before they have even come out yet! There are thousands of people doing just that in order for companies to put out multi-million pound titles with the minimum bugs possible.

Although, you might not have the ‘cool’ job title of ‘Computer Games Tester’ and instead be called ‘Quality Assurance Testers’. You will earn your money trying to break games as well as looking for those niggling faults such as spelling mistakes and walls you can magically walk through. It’s not just a job for expert players, but you also need an obsessive eye for detail!

Upside: You get to play games all day and before anybody else does

Downside: They pay may not be great and sometimes you have to repeat a level over and over again! 

Cyber Security

Cyber security holds a certain glamour and ignites people’s imaginations. Working in this industry means you are likely to have a lot of people say “So, you’re like those hackers in the Hollywood movies? Listen, can you crack somebodies password for me?”

Whether it’s the aftermath of a WikiLeaks scandal or headlines surrounding the stuxnet worm, cyber attacks are increasingly part of the public conscience and we need those cyber firefighters to help organisations operate and grow safely in a progressive cyber ecosystem.

Upside: Security is a constant game of cat-and-mouse with attackers and defenders both striving to get the upper hand. It is exciting and you learn new stuff every day.

Downside: Acronyms. There are many hundreds of them in the field and it’s difficult remembering them all.

Mobile Application Developer

You will have the opportunity to reinvent the way mobile technology is used and get the allure of designing something new and fresh. You're responsible for developing the applications, testing (yes, you get to play them!) and improving them.

And, you can apply the skills you learn at work to everyday life. Your younger sister is struggling with maths, create an app tailored to her lessons. Your friend complains about a specific feature his tablet is lacking, you’ve got an inside track to make it happen. Exciting aye?

Upside: You can work anywhere - all you need is access to a good internet connection and a good SDK

Downside: Sometimes people don’t find your app as good as you did, it can be a little disheartening.

Games Developer

So we discussed games tester but what about games developer? It is perhaps one of the trendiest and most fun jobs in the sector. Who wouldn’t want to spend their time creating games.

You will work on animated graphics, story plot development and gaming strategies. Creativity and imagination to produce a game everybody wants to play are important but the ability to work in a highly pressurised environment is also crucial.

Upside: The work environment is pretty casual, T.shirts, sandals, shorts and jeans are the common attire.

Downside: Technical issues. You are likely to spend a lot of your time addressing bugs in your design, tweak game play malfunctions, amend story plots and redefining characters.

These are just some of the exciting industries you can go into when you know the right technologies, and as the common quote goes ‘if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life’. So, when stepping out of university with your Computer Science degree, make sure you have the skills to succeed in the industry.

Why not take a look at what QA Consulting can offer you so you can start the first steps to one of these jobs

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