5 Non-Developer Careers for People who Can Code

Every time I tell someone I have coding skills, they ask if I want to be a full-time developer. While that sounds like it could definitely be a fun job, it just isn’t the job for me. I work as an Instructional Designer where I get to build out all of my company’s digital learning with an emphasis on technical trainings. I love being able to combine my love of education with my coding skills, it’s a perfect match! The best part of having coding skills is that you can utilize them in ways you may not have realized. If you’re able to code but aren’t interested in a developer role, here are 5 non-developer careers for people who can code!

5 Non-Developer Careers for People who Can Code

Career #1: Technical Writer

A little about this role:

If you’ve ever read a how-to guide, software doc, or any tutorial, it was probably written by a Technical Writer. Technical Writers create documentation (docs) for software companies. Docs help people understand the product in a clear and concise way (usually without the crazy tech terms). This means that Technical Writers have to have some familiarity with either coding or software in general. Writers without a technical background can struggle with programming tutorials, so this is where a Technical Writer can really shine!

You might love this role if you:

  • Are a writer who loves taking difficult topics and making them digestible.
  • Love to deep-dive into a new technology and learn all about it.
  • Can create engaging articles and docs that excite readers.

You’ll use your coding abilities by:

  • Building out sample solutions to take screenshots for your tutorials or docs.
  • Learning the technologies or languages you will be creating courses/tutorials about.
  • Reading complex technical docs and boiling it down to content for general audiences.

Career #2: Instructional Designer

A little about this role:

Instructional Designers create digital and in-person training for a product or software. They are always learning what’s new at their company so that they can new trainings. Instructional Designers typically also have a thing for education! Instructional Designers like to stay current on new-age learning so they can create modern learning experiences.

You might love this role if you:

  • Are quick to learn new technologies or coding languages.
  • Believe that if you can explain a complex technical concept to a five-year-old, then you fully understand it.
  • Love creating content that helps other developers succeed in their dev journeys.

You’ll use your coding abilities by:

  • Learning technologies to create courses and/or training.
  • Building sample projects to take screenshots for tutorials.
  • Troubleshooting issues a learner may face when taking your course.

Career #3: Technical Evangelist

A little about this role:

A relatively new role in the tech world is that of the Technical Evangelist. People in this role are on the front lines of product advocacy. They are passionate about the technology they are evangelizing and build a community around it. Technical Evangelists typically are the moderators of a developer community and answer questions about the software or troubleshooting issues. They also serve as resources for both partners and internal developers.

You might love this role if you:

  • Find yourself passionate and vocal about specific technologies.
  • Enjoy helping others build powerful solutions alongside troubleshooting technical problems.
  • Are a people-person who loves to build communities of people who are also passionate about technology.

You’ll use your coding abilities by:

  • Troubleshooting any technical issues with parter projects or within the developer community.
  • Serving as a technical resource for engineers both internally and externally.
  • Writing and sharing developer tutorials of your own with the developer community.

Career #4: Technical Trainer

About this role:

When a company purchases a license to use a software or technology, they can hire Technical Trainers from that company to train their employees. Technical Trainers conduct on-site or virtual trainings for groups of people to help them learn how the product works.

You might love this role if you:

  • Are a performer at heart and can keep an audience of learners engaged with the content.
  • Solve problems quickly and can act fast when learners have questions.
  • Have a passion for education and teaching new users about how to work the product.

You’ll use your coding abilities by:

  • Teaching the technology or product you are providing training for.
  • Troubleshooting learner issues in real-time and in person.
  • Building multiple sample solutions for learners to practice with.

Career # 5: Technical Recruiter

About this role:

If you’ve been hired by a tech company, chances are you were first contacted by a Recruiter. With the rise of software development jobs rising year over year, the role of a Recruiter has branched into a more niche position – a Technical Recruiter. Technical Recruiters are the first point of contact between a developer and their potential next job. They can ask basic programming questions during a phone screen to see if a candidates skills are a fit .

You might love this role if you:

  • Love talking to people and are genuinely curious about their stories.
  • Have excellent communication skills and thrive managing a chaotic interview schedule.
  • Can quickly think on your feet about follow up questions when listening to a candidate speak.

You’ll use your coding abilities by:

  • Creating basic software/coding questions for a candidate’s interview.
  • Knowing whether the answers to the coding interview questions are correct and technical follow up questions.
  • Writing the correct language/coding ability requirements in job descriptions.

Conclusion

There are so many awesome careers out there for people who can code that allow you to combine a passion for coding with a desire to do something other than programming full time. Do you work in a coding-related job? Let me know in the comments below!

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