In today’s job market, people aren’t just hunting for a paycheck—they’re after a golden ticket to work-life balance and deep job satisfaction. Enter the tech industry, a vibrant playground of opportunities that not only pays well but bends over backward to fit your lifestyle. This fun, fast-paced world offers a wealth of roles, such as coding and digital marketing, each more exciting than the last. Ready to pivot to a career that’s as fulfilling as it is flexible? Let’s dive into the bustling tech scene and discover how you can turn the tech tide in your favor!

Why Tech? Oh, Let Me Count the Ways!

Tech isn’t just another industry; it’s the industry for flexibility and innovation. Imagine working from anywhere (beach, anyone?), setting your own hours, and still having time to catch your kid’s soccer game. Tech companies are leading the charge in creating work environments that value outcomes over office hours. Plus, let’s talk turkey: tech jobs are well-paid, too. Reports show tech roles often pay up to 50% more than other fields. Who doesn’t like a beefier bank account?

Julian Nicks, president and CEO of LaunchCode, a non-profit providing free and accessible training to empower technical careers, provided some insight on what he sees happening in the tech career space. “Tech jobs are growing faster than overall US jobs while offering family-sustaining wages, strong benefits like healthcare, and high work flexibility—all making these jobs extremely attractive. While tech jobs have faced higher uncertainty and volatility in hiring in 2023 and early 2024, over the next decade, tech jobs, specifically in software engineering and data analysis, are expected to grow more than seven times faster than the overall US economy. At the same time, these jobs pay a median salary of over $80K, while providing high flexibility as 90%+ roles being remote or hybrid.”

And it’s not just about the money—tech jobs come with a side of satisfaction. Over 70% of tech workers report feeling their job fuels their passions, allowing them to tackle new challenges daily and keep their brain juices flowing. With the tech sector projected to grow by 22% in the next decade, there’s no better time to jump in.

The Tech Migration: It’s a Thing!

You’re not alone in eyeing a switch to tech. Loads of professionals from fields like education, healthcare, and finance are making the leap. Why? Because tech values skills—you can shine with your strengths whether you’re a math wizard, a coding newbie, or a project management guru.

Your Ticket Into Tech

How do you get into this wonderland? There are several paths to choose from, depending on your vibe:

  • Degrees: The classic route, for those who want a deep dive.
  • Bootcamps: Fast-paced, intense courses that prep you for specific tech jobs.
  • Self-taught: For the go-getters who prefer learning at their own pace.

As an expert in the tech education space, Nicks noted, “The good news for individuals interested in tech careers with non-tech backgrounds is there are an increasing number of alternative options to four year-colleges that are preparing students for well-paying, in-demand tech careers. Some of these options include lower-cost associate degree programs, for-profit tech ed boot camps, asynchronous massive online learning courses, or my favorite: tuition-free education providers like LaunchCode. The key is finding which path is right for you with a few considerations as you make a decision: what is the ROI of the program in terms of both job placement rate and compensation, what environments do I learn best in, how much time can I commit to learning, and what level of support do I need to be successful?”

Gear Up: Prep for Your Tech Career

Switching to tech is like preparing for a space mission: you need the right training, a killer crew, and a spaceship that shows you mean business. Here’s how to gear up:

  • Network: Make friends in tech! Attend meetups, conferences, and industry events, and connect online. Don’t be shy. Networking is crucial for building relationships and uncovering job opportunities, even establishing mentors.
  • Build a Portfolio: This is your spaceship. Show off what you’ve built or contributed to. Make it shine! Nicks noted this was a must for anyone looking to enter the tech workforce, especially if they’re interested in software engineering or data analysis. A portfolio is a tangible way to demonstrate your technical skills and passion for technology to potential employers. 

“We believe all career-changers entering the tech industry should have a project portfolio, which can include developing software applications, contributing to open-source projects, or creating a personal website to showcase concrete examples of past work. Having an up-to-date LinkedIn profile, participating in tech-related discussions on platforms like GitHub or Stack Overflow, and contributing to tech blogs or forums can also be highly valuable for showcasing your work and networking with industry professionals,” said Nicks.

  • Gain Experience: Intern, freelance, or volunteer. Some programs, like LaunchCode, can even help you find apprenticeships for your tech interest. Every bit of experience is rocket fuel for your tech journey. 

Take the Leap and Land That Tech Gig!

Tech is more than just an industry; it’s a lifestyle. It’s about making your work work for you, getting paid well, and actually enjoying what you do every day. Who says you can’t have it all? In tech, maybe you can.

If you’re ready to shift gears and drive into the tech sunset, now’s the time. The road might be winding, but it’s paved with opportunities to learn, grow, and succeed. So what are you waiting for? Jump into tech and start steering your career towards that horizon of endless possibilities. Tech’s not just the future; it’s your future. And it looks bright from here!


  • Brittany Hodak

    Keynote Speaker and Author

    Brittany Hodak is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and customer experience speaker who has delivered keynotes across the globe to organizations including American Express and the United Nations. She has written hundreds of articles for Forbes, Adweek, Success, and other top publications; she has appeared on programs on NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN; and she has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands and entertainers, including Walmart, Disney, Katy Perry, and Dolly Parton. She originated the role of Chief Experience Officer at, and she founded and scaled an entertainment startup to eight figures before exiting. Entrepreneur magazine calls her “the expert at creating loyal fans for your brand.” Brittany’s debut book, Creating Superfans, will be in stores on January 10, 2023.