Technical problems usually don’t have a one-size-fits-all solution and that’s especially true for businesses and organizations with large scale software systems. It’s the job of solutions architects to understand user or functionality issues and resolve them by researching, designing and managing the implementation of solutions. Their work ensures that organizations are able to maximize efficiency and achieve their goals.

From traffic lights, to banking, to school work — most aspects of our daily lives rely upon functional software programs. It’s the job of a software quality assurance engineer to ensure that programs operate exactly as intended. They are involved in all aspects of the process – planning, developing and assessing progress. They closely monitor the development phase, conducting multiple testing phases to ensure program performance meets quality specifications and functions as expected.

Just like a theater set designer does for stage production, systems software developers work behind-the-scenes, designing the operating software that enables daily technology production – computers, phones, tablets, routers and more – to work; basically anything that has a chip in it requires a systems software developer to make it operate. Applying the principles of computer science, mathematical analysis and engineering, these professionals research, design, develop and test operating system components, drivers and debuggers to ensure that the daily technology show always go on.

Application software developers are the creative minds behind the apps we use every day, and not just the ones on our smartphones. Word processors, games and even internet browsers are all examples of programs created by application software developers. These professionals analyze the needs of businesses and consumers, then leverage their skills in computer science and software engineering to design, test and develop applications that meet those needs.

Software engineering architects are visionaries and planners, ensuring organizations have a software infrastructure that supports their unique business needs. With an understanding of goals and functional needs, they research and design customized software solutions, oversee development and implementation and ensure on-going functionality. With an eye to the future, they ensure that software systems are able to evolve with changing trends and emerging technologies.

Are you a natural leader who loves technology? Do you thrive helping others reach their goals? If you answered yes to both, you might want to consider a position as a scrum master. They ensure that the daily projects related to software development are completed efficiently and effectively. They work with all areas of a company to create a seamless collaboration with the software development team. They remove obstacles that might delay the team’s goals and help the team align their work to the company objectives.

Studies show that online users only take 50 milliseconds to decide whether they will remain or leave a website. Web designers guide businesses on how to create sites that capitalize on that snap decision. Armed with a combination of graphic design and technical skills, web designers create relevant, functional and engaging online experiences that represent an organization’s brand image and engage its target audience.

In a world increasingly reliant on technology, IT specialists are in demand at rapid speed. These professionals focus on an organization’s specific needs – whether that be network analysis, system administration, security or web administration. IT specialists are problem solvers who handle issues and complications as they arise and work diligently to prevent them. No matter which hat they wear, IT specialists are analytical thinkers who keep systems running and productivity high.

Are you a great collaborator, coach and communicator?  Then you might want to consider being an IT project manager.    They are multi-taskers who oversee technology projects from start to finish.  They ensure that large-scale projects run smoothly, working cross-functionally to ensure that technologies and supporting tasks are implemented on time, budget and meet goals.

From plane engines to big data precision agriculture, every large operating system needs an expert “mechanic.” IT configurators work to understand an organization’s goals, identify “gaps” in current software functionality and then implement solutions by configuring and optimizing software programs. They may oversee and manage the configuration of new and existing software, evaluate program versions and ensure that ongoing functionality is consistently improved.

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