7 Technology Careers No One Thinks of!
When people envision careers in technology, they tend to think towards the more mainstream type of tech careers like software development, software engineering etc.
We all want to be Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates and that drives a lot of us to pursue careers in their fields. But is it possible that these career paths have become so overhyped that other careers in technology have been overlooked? Yes. There are a host of rewarding careers in IT that are being vastly overlooked in favor of more mainstream type careers.
The possibilities in technology are vast and promise rewarding and fulfilling careers, from agriculture to space. At exIT we are focused on recycling technology, so here are some careers you should consider.
CONVERSATIONAL AGENT DESIGNER
Conversation design goes by several unofficial names, such as AI writing, Conversational UI, chatbox writing etc.
A conversation designer designs language based on human conversation by creating a synthesis of several disciplines, like voice user interaction design, interface design, visual design, audio design, motion design, and UX writing.
The conversation designer sketches out what users can do in a space, putting into consideration the user’s needs and the technological constraint. They also undertake the important task of developing personalities for bots, a feature which differentiates the effective bots from the ineffective ones.
A conversation designer basically designs an interface with the aim of getting a task done through voice or text-based conversation with a robot, a feature known as the conversational user interface.
This is a very lucrative career that can potentially earn 6 figure salaries. It’s a widely demanded job that’s actually rising in demand. It’s a skill that if honed is sure to make you decent money.
NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGIST
A nuclear medicine technologist works with nuclear medicine physicians. They perform functions such as administering radioactive medical compounds that are known as radiopharmaceuticals for the purpose of medical treatment.
A person in this career is required to combine imaging, computer technology, physics, math, chemistry and medicine in performing their function. They make use of specialized cameras to monitor and detect radiopharmaceuticals, which create an image of the part of the body being pictured.
These images are then used to diagnose metabolic, molecular, physiologic, anatomic and pathologic conditions. They also operate CT and MRI scanners that are used for nuclear medicine procedures.
This is a high demand job that is commonly overlooked and quite underrated. It pays well and more importantly, helps for a healthier society.
DIGITAL RISK OFFICER
A digital risk officer performs the important function of securing data. Unlike other security professionals, they do more than simply installing and testing firewalls. They bridge the gap between the digital and information technology used by IT staff and management by developing uniform policies and procedures that will be implemented by the company they work for, with the aim of protecting all data stored on devices used by the company.
Their many tasks include reviewing existing security protocols, data storage methods, and operations, identifying security weaknesses in relevant data etc. They implement new security protocols and ensure data security.
This job is appropriate for people who have experience in fields like analytics, information security, and computer science. The complexity and importance of this job automatically translate to a very good pay, possibly entering six figures.
GEOSPATIAL ANALYTICS SPECIALIST
There is a wealth of opportunities in the field of geography. Geospatial analysis deals with examining elements of geography, examining data from geographical records, such as aerial photographs, cartographic records, GIS data, soil and other environmental samples, satellite data etc.
This field combines agricultural science and technology. Geospatial analytics specialists operate in fields like climate science, archaeology, resource planning, disaster relief, conservation, urban and offering professional advice. The best thing about geospatial analysis is that it is.
Environmental engineers make use of chemistry, soil science, biology and engineering to solve problems affecting the environment. They work towards protecting human populations from the harshness of the environment such as pollution, global warming, acid rain, ozone depletion etc.
Environmental engineers work towards improving waste disposal, recycling, public health, and environmental pollution control. Skills like chemical engineering, geography, fluid dynamics, hydrology, and geology are sought for in the field of environmental engineering.
It is one of the fastest growing employment fields and job opportunities are expected to grow by 15% by 2022. The awareness of environmental problems that may potentially affect mankind have spiked in recent years and drawn attention at a global level, spurring action from international organizations, world governments, and NGOs.
There has been a common directive towards going green, with investment in green energy products etc. This has driven the demand for experts in the fields useful to environmental engineering and created a lot of high paying jobs.
Materials engineers test, process and develop materials with the aim of creating an array of finished products. They study the properties of numerous substances like ceramics, plastics, metals, composites, industrial minerals, and other substances and develop new ways to use existing materials.
Materials engineers perform other duties such as supervising the work of other engineers and scientists, preparing budgets, preparing proposals, designing and directing the testing of processing procedures etc.
They also study the impact of the processing of certain materials on the environment. Basically, the job of a materials engineer is to study materials at an atomic level and replicate their components and characteristics. They also perform the unique function of developing new materials.
People planning to have a career in materials engineering will have to possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Materials engineers can work in transportation equipment manufacturing, primary metal manufacturing, engineering services, computer, and electronic product manufacturing, research and development in the physical/engineering and life sciences, factories, research laboratories etc.
It is most likely that a materials engineer will work closely with other engineers and scientists. It is a high paying job that is in high demand everywhere. This is another fantastic career that is overshadowed by other more ostentatious careers.
Bioengineering is the point at which medicine and engineering meet. Bioengineers specialize in solving medical problems with engineering methods. They apply engineering principles of design and analysis to biological and medical systems and technologies in order to solve clinical problems.
Bioengineers have a fundamental knowledge of both biology and engineering, diversifying to electrical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, computer science, and chemistry.
This background enables bioengineers to collaborate productively with researchers in allied fields. Bioengineers do things like developing artificial tissues, bacteria engineering, medical image technology, tissue engineered organs etc.
To have a career in Bioengineering you will have to specialize in a field related to it as it is an interdisciplinary field. Specialties like optics, mechanics, materials science, basic biology, cardiovascular science and other medical and engineering related areas.
However, a biomedical engineer with expertise in electrical and computer engineering as well as physiology and biomechanics will find it easier to gain profitable employment in this field. Demand for bioengineers is high and is expected to increase in the very near future as breakthroughs are being made in the discipline.
There are so many exciting careers out there that are overshadowed by more mainstream type careers. The rise of celebrity career personalities, particularly those who have made ridiculously large amounts of money have spurred the younger generation to attach prestige and unrealistic value to these careers, stealing the spotlight from other equally thrilling and rewarding careers.
Hundreds of thousands of people flood towards these career paths and mostly end up disappointed when they don’t achieve the expected success. If these careers mentioned in this article spark a flame of interest in you, there are hundreds more out there. Explore.
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