List of 22 entry level tech jobs
If you’re not sure where to start looking for jobs in tech, below is an overview of the main functions and entry level jobs in tech.
Each of these takes you to a job overview I’ve created (based on either doing this job myself, managing someone in the role, or interviewing people who’ve done these jobs and run these departments). The overviews should give you a good idea of what these jobs are, what it’s like to do them, and what it takes to get hired at an entry level.
Overview of key functions in technology
|Function||Years prep||Transparent skills||Competitive||Entry pay||Career||In-person|
|Biz ops: “special ops” team for ops problems in tech||2||Low||High||$$$||Great||Yes|
|Product Management: sits between engineering and marketing||2+||Med||High||$$$||Great||Preferred|
|Engineering: builds the product||1-2||High||Med||$$$||Great||Optional|
|Product Design: designs product||1-2||High||High||$$$||Great||Preferred|
|Graphic Design: designs marketing materials||1-2||High||Med||$$||Great||Preferred|
|Research: understands users for design & marketing||0-2||Med||Med||$$||Good||Optional|
|Customer service: solves users’ problems||0-1||High||Low||$||OK||Remote|
|Customer success: nurtures customer accounts||0-2||High||Low||$||Good||Optional|
|Sales: gets people to buy product||0-1||High||Med||$$||Great||Optional|
|Brand marketing: defines the brand, gets users||1-2||Med||Med||$$||Good||Optional|
|Product marketing: defines the product, gets users||1-2||Med||Med||$$||Good||Optional|
|Content marketing: gets users through writing||0||High||Low||$||OK||Remote|
|Social media marketing: gets users through social||0||High||Low||$||OK||Remote|
|Performance marketing: gets users through ads||1-2||Med||Med||$$||Good||Optional|
|Data science: understands data to improve results||1-2||High||High||$$||Good||Optional|
|Growth: experiments to drive users and revenue||2+||Med||High||$$$||Great||Optional|
|SEO: gets site traffic by optimizing for google search||0-1||High||High||$$||Good||Optional|
|Recruiting: Gets great people for team||0||Med||Low||$||Good||Remote|
|People Ops: Keeps people happy and productive||2+||Med||Med||$||Good||Yes|
|Operations: Runs and improves ongoing ops||0-2||Med||Med||$$||OK||Preferred|
|Project manager: Runs teams for key projects||1-2||Med||Med||$$||Good||Optional|
|Executive assistant: Supports execs logistically||0-2||Med||Low||$$||OK||Optional|
Understanding this table
This table should help you sort through which sound the most interesting for you, by looking at:
- Years of prep. How long do you need to spend preparing to be competitive for an entry-level job? This is a rough estimate, and things like college training or internships are included in training time (so you might be eligible for a job requiring two years prep out of college if you spend around two years preparing in college).
- Entry pay: How well does an entry-level job pay? These are very rough, but in general $ = under $40K, $$ = $40-80K, and $$$ means $80K and up.
- Career: How well does this career scale over time? This includes both how much pay can increase, and how this career can lead to other attractive options like management and executive roles, or the ability to work in more competitive fields.
- Transparent skills. How easy is it to demonstrate your skill? The less transparent a job is, the more barriers it will have for people without high-status credentials (i.e. brand name universities and companies).
- Competitive. How difficult is it to get a job?
- In-person. How important is it for this job to be done in-person (and how good a fit is it for people who want/need to work remotely)?
How to get any entry-level job in tech
If you want to work in tech, I’ve created a map for you to find the right job. Here’s a process you can follow to learn about and get any job:
- Take the career assessment quiz (coming soon), which I’ve developed based on hundreds of interviews, to understand what tech roles might be most interesting for you (In the meantime, try this article on how to find your ideal career path).
- Explore the different roles and functions in tech above, to understand which sounds like the most interesting (and most accessible) for you.
- Create a plan to learn the concepts, do projects to learn the necessary skills and and get the credibility required, and build a network to land a job.
- Execute your plan to get to the point where you’re hireable.
- Start a formal job search once you’re hireable for the job you want.