“Information Technology” is a broad term. It covers a whole range of digital career paths that diverge into fascinating specialisations. If you want to join the ranks of IT experts, it certainly might seem a bit overwhelming to try to choose what role you want to get into, especially if you’re just starting out.

We have collected the most common job titles you’ll come across during your research and what skills are required.  Here are six different types of jobs in information technology that you can pursue…

1. Programmer
Computer Programmers are the core people behind software functions. They write and test the code that makes up software programs. This can range from computer games to word processing all the way to complex operating systems and database management. The type of skills you need depends of what specific area you’ll be programming – but you usually need excellent attention to detail, teamwork and logical thinking skills.

2. Tech Support
Tech support is generally what most people think of when they think of IT. There are a variety of titles in this role including “Help desk technicians”, “Operations analyst” and “Problem managers” – but the main task is  providing troubleshooting advice to clients.

3. Web Developer
Web developers often have the most visible jobs. They are the ones responsible for building websites and the infrastructures which is a balance of creativity and technical prowess. Web developers are also known as “web producers” and “Internet engineers” therefore making their title as diverse as their portfolio.

4. IT Security
IT security is one of the most sought out jobs in the tech world. They oversee keeping businesses safe from malicious digital attacks. This includes implementing and running security software, scanning for suspicious activity, upgrading systems and keeping their company informed of any risks. This role requires a lot of problem solving, patience, and effective communication.

5. Computer System Analyst
Computer systems analysts are the multi-taskers in IT. They must understand computer hardware, software and networks. It’s a big part of their job to make recommendations for which systems will be the best to use. This job requires a multitude of different skills including the ability to analyse information quickly and efficiently and the ability to be persuasive.

6. Network Engineer
Network engineers certainly have a lot on their plate in terms of tasks. They are usually in charge of setting up, maintaining and upgrading local and nationwide area networks for an organisation. Depending on the job description, they may also be responsible for security, data, storage and recovery. Because of the heavy work load, a computer science degree is usually needed to do this job effectively.

In conclusion, depending on your interests, qualifications, experiences and skills there is a huge selection of jobs to choose from.

Here at Grassroots, we have new opportunities in the IT/Technology sector with our leading employers. Take a look at our vacancies now to find a job to suit you or email your CV to info@grassroots-recruitment.co.uk