It seems like even kids are coding now! But if you’re wondering if you can work on computers without learning how to code, you can. There are many tech careers that don’t require any coding skills at all, but you could still get the benefit of entering a growing field. If you’d like to work in technology but don’t know how to code, here are a few careers to consider.
1. Systems Administrator
As a systems administrator, you would upgrade, repair, and maintain essential parts of a computer including hardware and software. If new employees were hired, you’d be the one to set up their computer system. That might include making sure they have the programs they need to do their jobs or the firewalls and protections they need to keep their files safe. You’d also deploy updates for operating systems and security, and you’d manage data backup and recovery processes.
2. Network Administrator
As a network administrator, you’d configure the networks that link computers together such as local area networks or wide area networks. Rather than single systems, you’d work across a group of connected computers, making sure they stay connected, communicating, and running well. You’d manage and troubleshoot issues related to intranet and Internet systems. If you work with a remote team, you’d also set up and monitor the virtual private network, or VPN. The difference between a systems administrator and a network administrator often depends on the size of the company. The smaller the organization, the more hats you may be required to wear. So even as a systems administrator, you might find yourself working across the network.
3. Tech Support Specialist
If you like to help people and have a knack for solving problems, you may be a great candidate for a tech support specialist job. You’d be the person everyone goes to when they feel a little technologically challenged. You can do this for a computer or software company where you might work at a call center, or even remotely. You could also work within an organization. There, you’d help employees with minor tech issues such as a frozen computer, a glitch in an app, or a bad connection between devices. You might also be the person in charge of email account setup as well as password resets.
4. CAD Drafter
With some training in computer-aided design, you could be prepared for a career as a drafter or designer. With the aid of software such as SolidWorks or AutoCAD, you’d take sketches and instructions from engineers and architects and turn them into 3D technical drawings that can be used for manufacturing or construction. There are a variety of industries you could support as a CAD drafter including architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electronics, or electrical engineering.
You don’t need to know how to code to work in these jobs, but you do need to know how to work with computers. At Porter and Chester Institute in Connecticut and Massachusetts, we offer training programs in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design as well as Computer and Network Technology. Both programs will prepare you for a technology career in less than one year.