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Roles and Work Environment

Do you have a knack for technology and a desire to innovate and invent?  Like solving complex problems and conducting in-depth research? Fields include Analytics, Research and Development, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Biotech and Medical Technology, and more.  Here, your love of investigation and inquiry can connect to real-world opportunities.

Most of the positions and industries associated with this career community tend to have overlapping themes including problem solving (abstract or with tools or machines), inventing or repairing things, conducting research, learning or working with facts or principles, collecting, organizing, and interpreting data, working with quantitative data, producing tangible results, and computation and Computer Literacy. For those interested in analytics and technology in the Healthcare industry, more information and specific resources can be found on our Healthcare page.

There are opportunities with major tech companies, small and mid-sized firms, in the IT departments of companies of all sizes, and with nonprofits and government agencies.

Examples of Technology Jobs:

  • Application/Web Developer
  • Computer Programmer
  • IT Project Manager
  • Database Architect
  • Product Manager
  • Web/Application Developer
  • Nanotechnicians
  • Chemical Engineers

What do organizations look like?

The  job market for Technology is a promising one. According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.  The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $84,580 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.  However, it is important to remember that the overall range of salaries is wide, with entry level positions starting at around $42,000 and advanced or managerial positions at over $100,000.  Geographically, most opportunities can be found in areas with technology or energy centers and research parks.

The Career Cornerstone is a resource that focuses specifically on opportunities in Engineering, Science, Technology, and Healthcare.  There are over 185 profiles of various fields with comprehensive information on education requirements, salaries, professional associations and overall career resources.  The site also has resources focusing on diversity in Engineering Science and Technology.

Vault
The Vault Career Insider is available to all UVA students via Handshake, under the "Resources" section. The Vault guides are a versatile tool that allow you to conduct research on a particular occupation or industry. Career Insider can help you understand key organizations, search for related internship, and learn more about industries of interest.  Vault Guides that might be of interest include:

  • Guide to Information Technology Jobs
  • Career Launcher: Computer Software Jobs
  • Guide to the Top Tech Employers
  • Guide to Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Jobs

Skills and Training

  • Problem Solving
  • Data Analysis
  • Technical Proficiency
  • Focus
  • Communication
  • Resiliency
  • Independence

Training/Education

Professionals in this field need strong analytical and problem-solving skills, flexibility, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (for most positions), the ability to keep up with the latest technology, and a solid understanding of computers, the Internet, and IT basics. Because current technology is changing so rapidly,  it will be essential for individuals to work to remain on the cutting edge. This also allows for those that aren’t already in technology field to break into the industry by learning and developing key technical skills. On Grounds there are many opportunities to learn what might be useful in the field, and we encourage you review the Find Opportunities section below.

Occupational choice often depends on skill and availability of that skill in the marketplace.  For anyone considering entry into this field it is important to conduct research on the level of education necessary for entry into a field.  There are occupations which often require advanced study, or specific technical training or certification.  For those interested in these fields, practical experience can be as important as a solid academic foundation. See the "Find Opportunities" tab for ideas on how to gain experience.


Industry Timeline

Larger companies in many industries recruit for technical positions, both full-time and internships in the fall semester. There is a large number of companies that participate in On-Grounds Interviewing, and these positions can be found in Handshake within the Interviewing tab. Companies are always looking for technical assistance, and while many more name-brand positions are advertised in the fall, you will see more small and mid-sized firm positions available in the spring and throughout the year. For positions in entrepreneurship, most employers in this industry will also hire based upon vacancy, so there could be positions available after graduation, as well.  


Find Opportunities

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Applying and Interviewing

Resumes and Cover Letters

First impressions are critical in the job search. Developing and executing the best documents possible will help to ensure that you put your best foot forward and increase the likelihood of progressing to an interview.  Make sure to check out the Resumes and Cover Letters sections of the website for helpful advice and sample resumes and cover letters. 

Valuable Words to Have on a Tech Resume

Positions in software development, design, and programming may require additional materials like an online portfolio or GitHub. You can use your LinkedIn account to start to create a professional online presence and keep track of your projects and experiences there. It is important to document your work early and often so that your portfolio can grow organically as you gain experience.

Other tools that you can use to create a portfolio or a web presence detailing your projects include:

Interviewing

For those interested in coding heavy positions, or IT administrative positions, expect the interview process to have multiple steps and components. Any or all of the following may be a part of the process, but each organization will run their interview process differently You can use a resource like Glassdoor to understand the interview process and commonly asked questions each organization will ask.

Screening Call

  • Research the organization before hand.  
  • Review your resume and projects you have worked on both in and out of school.
  • Have a paper and pencil ready to take notes
  • Ensure you are taking the call or skype in a distraction free zone
  • Review the skills that you have indicated on your resume and be prepared to answer questions in line with your indicated level or skill

Practical Exam

  • May occur in place of a screening call
  • Task-based questions
  • Measuring practical skills and abilities

In-Person /Technical Interview

  • May interview with several members of a team

  • Best to review behavioral and resume based questions beforehand
  • Practice explaining, walking through technical process out loud
  • Prepare questions to ask interviewer ahead of time
  • Remember to follow up and send thank you note immediately after interview

Coding Interview Resources

Interview Tips and Strategies


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