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The 9 Best Entry Level IT Jobs for 2021







Information Technology (IT) is by far the fastest-growing sector in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, IT jobs are expected to grow by 15% by 2022. It’s no wonder so many people are asking themselves, “How do I get a job in IT?”

Finding an entry-level IT job can feel overwhelming. Every around you seems to have more schooling, more certifications, and more experience. Don’t let that stop you! It’s not always the case. Besides, everyone has to start somewhere.

These are the top 9 entry-level IT jobs to help you get your foot in the door.


Topics Covered

  • Technical Support Specialist

  • Software/Application Developer

  • Technical Writer

  • Front End Web Developer

  • Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst

  • Computer Technician

  • Jr. Network Administrator

  • Jr. Database Administrator

  • Business Analyst

1. Technical Support Specialist

Technical support specialists, sometimes referred to as Help Desk Analysts, are professional troubleshooters. They take requests from end-users who have an issue and do whatever is necessary to resolve it. This can range from simple instructions over the phone, to escalating tickets and seeking outside help. Technical support tends to be the first entry-level IT job candidates have.



2. Software/Application Developer


Software developer jobs are perfect for entry-level IT candidates. These developers make apps and programs for all different types of computers and mobile devices. After receiving requirements, the developer creates the software that best suits the needs of the user. Developers are also responsible for updating and modifying the program after release.



3. Technical Writer


Becoming a technical writer can be a great entry-level IT job for those looking to get their foot in the door. Technical writers create all of the documentation around the applications, products, services, and processes that the company creates. It could be as simple as a basic user manual to a complex, detailed developer guide.



4. Front End Web Developer


Front end web developers design and code the part of a website the user sees. They must be technically skilled but also have a great eye for design. The company may enlist the help of UI/UX specialists, but the front end developer is responsible for the final product. To get an entry-level job as a front end developer, be sure you have an eye-catching portfolio of work to show the client.



5. Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst


QA analysts, as we’ve discussed before, do the final testing before a final product is released to the public. They typically analyze programs, websites, games, and apps. QA analysts must be very analytical, outstanding problem-solvers, and have some knowledge or experience with development practices such as Agile.



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6. Computer Technician


Technicians usually love to take things apart and figure out how to put them back together. They troubleshoot both software and hardware, find problems, and find a way to have it repaired. An IT-related degree is always a plus, but having a certification like the CompTIA A+ cert may be enough to get you in the door.



7. Junior Network Administrator


This one can be a bit tough for entry-level IT candidates, but with the right degrees and certifications, it’s possible. System and network administrators ensure the network is always running, is secured, and is optimized. They install and maintain all of the communication systems, intranets, and local area networks (LAN) the business may need.



8. Junior Database Administrator


Starting in IT as a database administrator, much like network admins, can be difficult, but not impossible. They maintain all the databases that users need now and look to create those which will be needed in the future. Database admins are responsible for all of the information, data, and records the company uses.



9. Business Analyst


Business analysts, as we’ve discussed before, tend to be on the cutting edge of technology. They evaluate the current needs of the business while forecasting future needs, to make technical recommendations. Business analysts must have a strong understanding of how the company works, the industry that it’s in, the current and future trends, and how emerging technologies can help.



Conclusion


IT job growth is showing no signs of slowing down. Many people are looking for ways to get their foot in the door and start their technical careers. Finding an entry-level IT job can feel overwhelming, but doesn’t have to be if you know what to look for. Turn to any of these nine tech jobs to get started!


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