Knowing how to code is valuable. However, it’s not for everyone. Are you interested in getting into the tech industry but don’t want to be bothered with coding? Maybe you’d rather be a project manager, team lead or even a report writer. Maybe you’re looking for an entry-level tech job and your coding skills aren’t great yet. Don’t worry. I know plenty IT jobs that hardly require coding, if at all.
There are constantly job opportunities out there for non-coding IT roles such as business analysts, project managers, video game designers and more. You just need to know what you’re looking for. I see new postings for technical roles that don’t require coding every day! There are plenty of IT jobs in the industry where writing code isn’t required.
How To Get A Tech Job That Doesn’t Require Coding?
It’s not always easy to jump into a role in the Tech industry. Chances are it will seem even harder if you don’t know how to code. So how do you get an IT job that doesn’t require coding? Well, there are a couple of different strategies to get started. You could try to transfer to another role internally at your company. Or apply to jobs on platforms like Dice, Indeed, etc.
The Muse states that the three steps to get a job without coding skills are to:
- Understand The Rules
- Reframe Your Experiences
- Make The Connection
You should try and understand your impact on the team you’re working for and also how you impact the business. Figure out the connection between your role, the developers and the company as a whole. Even if you don’t want a job where you will be coding, I recommend at least becoming somewhat familiar with programming fundamentals. Why? Well, by learning the basics you will improve your communication among the team and have a better understanding of things. By not having any coding skills, you could misdirect the developers you’re working with without even knowing it.
I personally think understanding the fundamentals of programming is beneficial for everyone you’re working with. Even if you’re in a role that doesn’t require coding. Whether your a project manager, an analyst, or a video game designer, the only way to know that your ideas will work with code is by understanding the basics.
This doesn’t mean I’m trying to encourage you to become more of a developer. I’m just encouraging you to learn some basics for a Tech job that doesn’t require coding.
Below is a list of IT jobs that don’t require coding:
As a business analyst in the IT industry, you will have multiple responsibilities that don’t require coding. For example, you will most likely be writing technical reports, working with internal employees and clients, and consulting to fix problems. Although you will probably spend a decent amount of time with developers and architects within the IT department, you won’t be expected to do much coding.
When I worked as a Business Intelligence Analyst, I was familiar with SQL. When you’re first starting out as an analyst in the tech industry, knowing SQL may not be required but I can assure you it certainly helps make your job easier.
Average Salary: $67,606
Many DevOps positions require very little to no coding. You could essentially get by in with position without having to know how to code, unless you want to become more senior. Some job requirements for this role include troubleshooting code, scripting, version control and occasional automation.
Average Salary: $91,278
A lot of people first looking for IT jobs choose a help desk position because it’s the perfect entry-level job. In addition, some people might seek a help-desk position because they don’t require much coding. A lot of the issues that help desk deals with are day-today problems that are standard. Luckily, help desk is one of the popular entry-level IT positions that is easy to get without intense responsibilities.
Average Salary: $16.44 per hour
An Information Architect position is perfect for someone who wants to be in a tech position without having to code. They are responsible for improving the experience for users through individual contribution and collaboration with team members.
Average Salary: $95,727
An IT Auditor position does not require coding. This position requires an auditor to review code that is written by actual programmers. IT Auditors are often responsible for planning, executive and reporting audits of different systems, platforms, applications, etc. Often, this position only requires one year of relevant experience and you have a supervisor or team lead over-seeing your day-to-day duties.
Average Salary: $64,582
Mobile designers can design mobile apps (sometimes web apps too). Usually they are familiar with Illustrator, Photoshop, or other design tools. Mobile designers must have great communication skills as they will be required to explain their thoughts and reasoning for designs to others. They might be required to know some HTMLS or CSS, but luckily shouldn’t be required to do much coding!
Average Salary: $72,140
Project Manager is another tech job that doesn’t require any coding. This position is responsible for maintaining progress on different projects. In addition, Project Managers have a wide variety of skills. For example, leading teams, planning projects, overseeing employees, communicating with clients and ensuring that deadlines are met. To become a Project Manager you will need to learn how system and network architecture connect and also how scrum works with software.
A good way to get your first job as a Project Manager is by getting an agile certification. A lot of companies are using agile methodology now, so being certified is a great way to get your foot in the door.
Average Salary: $85,833
A Scrum Master is a great position to consider because you’re typically never required to code in this position. In fact, they don’t even need to know how to code. In order to be successful in this role you will need to be able to understand the dynamics within an organization and be able to organize and lead a team. Scrum master’s need to oversee their team to ensure that they remain within the Scrum framework. This position is not extremely technical, instead it requires organizational leadership skills.
Average Salary: $85,849
The main responsibility of an SEO specialist is to create SEO content. In other words, you aren’t responsible for the day to day technical tasks, including coding! You can expect to spend time researching keywords (including long-tail keywords), the content of competitors, and getting the right content sources. In addition, you will need to write featured snippets, add FAQ’s to pages and content, and format the structure of pages and posts.
If you enjoy writing and working in the Tech industry but don’t want to code, then an SEO Specialist role would be perfect for you.
Average Salary: $43,746
To be successful as a Storage Engineer you need to have basic troubleshooting skills. A lot of your time will be spend testing and tuning. In addition, you can expect to spend time monitoring storage capacity. Other responsibilities of a Storage Engineer include reporting and analytics, collecting metrics and updating storage fabrics for new hosts. Luckily, this is another position where coding isn’t a mandatory job responsibility.
Average Salary: $86,014
Interested in working in IT but don’t want to code. Great news! A systems administrator would be the perfect position for you. This job doesn’t require coding or programming. A systems admin is responsible for understanding hardware and networks. At some point, you may be required to troubleshoot scripts, however, this should require minimal coding.
Some systems admins may choose to learn and work with Python or PowerShell scripting, but it’s not typically required for the job. Overall, you don’t need to be an expert at programming to become a system administrator.
Average Salary: $60,675
Technical writer positions don’t require any coding. If you enjoy writing as well, then this position is perfect for you! As a Technical Writer, you will be responsible for writing with the user as your target audience. They are usually representing the customer during the “development stage” to ensure usage and safety. You’re in charge of helping to make the product better during development by representing the user from the start.
Average Salary: $58,345
Maybe you already are a developer and are ready to retire from coding. Management might be a great transition for you. Whether you manage a team from an executive standpoint or even become a CIO, there are plenty of options that don’t require coding. If becoming a manager is your end goal, you can get there with or without a programming background.
You Can Also Do Freelance Jobs
There are tons of freelance jobs that you can do on your own that don’t require coding. For example, you could build a WordPress site with basically no coding experience at all. It’s an easy job even for someone who doesn’t program, and you can make a decent amount of money doing it. This WordPress manual explains how to get starting with building themes and plug-ins. Figure out what exactly your client is targeting and go from there to plan their website. Make sure that you draft a contract. This is important for liability and payment purposes.
Below are some websites where you can find freelancing jobs:
Fiverr allows you to post your skills as a freelancer and then clients can find you based off whether you have the skills they’re searching for. I have found clients this way. Fiverr’s platform is great and easy to use. The best part is that it’s free to make an account! A lot of services on this site are only for $5, so I wouldn’t recommend using this platform if you plan on offering services for a higher rate.
Freelancer is a huge platform for freelance jobs. It has tons of opportunities and clients so you have a decent amount of options when searching for a gig. Make sure to include your languages in the search criteria if you want to narrow down positions.
Guru is a huge freelancing platform. As of the time I’m writing this, they have 464,616 programming and development experts on their site. They’ve paid $250,000,000 to their freelancers as of now.
If you’re looking for entry-level developer jobs then Simply Hired is a great place to check out. They also have an app that’s available for Android and IOS which makes it easy to apply to jobs from your phone.
Topcoder has freelance jobs from App Design to Application Development and also Data Science. They offer “specialized talent” to their clients. I’ve never used this site to find a gig, but I have a feeling that they pay pretty decent. It may be harder to get a job through this side than others though.
Toptal’s motto is that they hire the top 3% of freelance talent. They have an established pool of developers and plenty of remote freelance jobs. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this platform for “entry-level” developers. If you are experienced in the IT industry then this would be a great option for you.
Let’s be honest. Upwork is one of the biggest freelance sites out there and is great for developers. I’ve used Upwork to get freelance jobs several times. I’ve never had a bad experience.
The reason I love Upwork is because it provides the most useful information to the job-seeker. For example, the average client bid, the average client rating, etc. This can be really helpful when it comes time to decide if a freelance job is worth applying to.
Unsure which job seems like the best for you? There’s nothing wrong with trying a job and moving on if it’s not the right fit. It’s better to take a chance and see if you find out something you like then to hold back and miss out on your dream career. You just need to start somewhere and have a plan. Make sure you tailor your resume and cover letter for each job you’re applying to.
Overall, there are plenty of jobs that don’t require coding. If anything, some positions just require some scripting here and there at most. In the end, you may choose to do some coding to make your job easier. Learning the basics will make things easier for everyone on your team. It’s never too late to learn some coding.