Most folks without technical backgrounds believe that there’s no room for them in the IT industry. Nothing could be further from the truth. Think about it: tech companies are a business just like any other else. Apart from IT, they have other functions too – HR, marketing, sales, legal and finance. What’s even better, if the core IT team is mostly remote, positions in those departments would also be out of office too.
If you are in the market for a remote job, don’t discard working for an IT company too soon. Even if you are a non-techie, there’s still plenty well-paid gigs you can go after.
1. IT Headhunter/ HR Specialist
While many IT companies may use niche recruitment firms to source talent, there is a growing contingent of remote headhunters too. You don’t have to be a techie to recruit techies, but you do have to understand the industry, where it is going, the newer technologies that are in demand, etc. And because the tech sector is rapidly evolving, you will have to keep a close eye on the in-demand skills, degrees, certifications that specific positions require.
Many companies will also hire remote workers for a variety of other HR tasks – development of HR policies and procedures, benefits, employee manuals, training and development, employee reviews and evaluations procedures and documentation, etc.
Average hourly rate for remote headhunters is around $20-$50, depending on the company and experience level. As well, some employers may offer a bonus based on a percentage of the hired individual’s starting salary. Average salary for freelance HR consultants ranges from $65,000 – $70,000, with seasoned and experienced pros earning over $100,000.
There is a big difference between normal bookkeeping functions and full-fledged accounting services. While there is plenty of software that will handle all of the less complex financial processes, an accountant is usually employed for more complex yet required needs such as audits, due diligence, payroll management etc. Obviously, you must have a degree in accounting, preferably a CPA license, to find remote work as an accountant.
3. Digital Marketing Specialist/Consultant
It’s one thing for an IT firm to develop amazing software and apps. It’s quite another to market those products effectively. And for young tech startups, employing remote marketers is a wise and often necessary route to take if they want to get their products in front of end consumers. For freelancers and remote workers, this means plenty of regular work across multiple avenues.
However, if you want to command higher rates and establish your expertise, it’s best to niche down to one or several of the following services:
- Growth hacking & user acquisition
- MSP marketing
- SEO analysis and optimization
- Email marketing
- CRO (highly in-demand among SaaS companies)
- Copywriting and content marketing
As for the compensation, it can vary a lot depending on your skillset and sub-niche. However, it’s not uncommon for digital marketers to earn up to six figures per year.
4. IT Sales Pros
Major IT companies are usually catering to users from all around the world. So it is only natural that such businesses are often looking to hire sales representatives in locations where they have customers (or major interest), but don’t have representative offices.
Average salaries for remote sales pros are in the mid-$50,000 range, but this is simply not a solid figure. Because pay is based on commission, higher end products will obviously bring more income. Remote sales workers need to know what is standard for the specific industry and negotiate commissions accordingly.
5. Training & Development Consultant
Many say that technology is evolving faster than we can keep up. What it means for IT firms is that there is a continual need for training and talent development, some of which will be in-house and much of which may occur digitally, because of remote workforces.
You aren’t a techie, but if you are a seasoned pro in designing and setting up training and e-learning programs, there will be plenty of opportunities for you. You may be hired to assist the company with creating their center for excellence, improving the corporate education process and perhaps even developing some materials for the leadership suit. e-learning is a hot sector too, so you might want to level up your digital skills too.
Training and development consultants can receive compensation ranging from $50,000 up to six figures.
Don’t count out remote work with an IT firm just because you are not a coder. Just these five possibilities should encourage you to look into your options and ‘wet your toes’ in the burgeoning IT industry.