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Three Cutting Edge Careers in IT

Careers in IT

Student writer, Mel Snow helps us out by investigating three cutting edge careers in IT.

Cutting edge career in IT one – application developer

If you want to showcase your creativity within an IT based career, a job as an application developer may be for you. They work with clients to develop programmes or applications, for example mobile apps, office suites, accounting software and more.

Tasks include: establishing program specifications, prepping the program for production, evaluating the program’s effectiveness.

You’ll need a degree in business/management, mathematics, computer science or another related subject as well as high level programming skills. Relevant work experience is desirable. Strong applicants will be proficient in SQL, Java, C#, Python and more. As an Application Developer, you could earn between £20,000 and £50,000+ with plenty of opportunity for advancement.

Cutting edge IT career two – SEO specialist

Creative minded people with good analytical and marketing skills may be interested in a career in SEO. You’ll work on increasing traffic to websites and improving its placement on search engine results.

Tasks include: programming in HTML, CSS and JavaScript, online advertising, monitoring website performance and using social media. You’ll be required to continually learn new skills and stay up-to-date with the latest software and algorithms.

Degrees such as IT, business or marketing will bolster your applications, with relevant postgraduate degrees making you a stand-out applicant. Some HND or foundation degrees may be accepted, but you’ll also need relevant experience. Setting up your own website or blog would be a great way to practise these skills. As a SEO Specialist, you could earn anything from £18,000 to £100,000+!

Cutting edge career in IT three – cyber-security analyst

If your interests lie in online security, a cyber-security analyst could be your dream job. They work at detecting and preventing cyber threats to the organisation and are responsible for maintaining the security systems.

Tasks include: upgrading security measures, maintaining data, auditing security, anticipating security alerts and more. Skills such as writing, teaching and public speaking will be important as you’ll be drafting policies and discussing issues with upper management regularly.

A degree in computer science or cyber security will be helpful. But if you don’t have one of these, don’t fret! You can impress agencies with experience and training because many job postings require 1-5 years of experience. You should consider honing your skills in IDS/IPS, anti-virus software, Windows and other operating systems, C++, Java and other programming languages. You could earn from £30,000 to £75,000+!

Five Tips To Help You Stand Out In IT

  • 75% of IT Managers stress that skills in network and data security are the most important you can have.
  • These programming languages are in demand: SQL, C, C++, .NET, C#, ASP, Oracle, PHP, JavaScript.
  • Research widely by reading job descriptions and speaking to experts in the industry.
  • Stay up-to-date with developments and the latest advancements in the field!
  • Look into courses run by the BSC – they offer various professional qualifications at a number of levels of certification.

About The Author

Mel has written for us several times now and she completed a work placement with us in 2014 when she was still in secondary school – going on the road to interview. She is now studying at university but likes to stay in touch. She also has her own blog –



About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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