Differences In IT Job Positions

Difference between job positions in IT

The wonderful world of IT brings so many variations over the “regular” world and its jobs and doings. It contains a system, relatively young, that redefines everyday 9-5 exhibitions.

From the beginning of this new millennium, humanity has met with a system unlike others:

Instead of the classical 9-5 system with just 30 minutes for lunch, this system brought flexible hours (Not that it was the first one to do it, rather the one to promote it the most throughout the last 20+years), instead of working through a prism that calculates and defines you and your surrounding, it brought creative freedom and many ways of expressing yourself through your work. We can romance over IT like this for an eternity, but our main idea of this introduction was to kind of define what IT may represent and what kind of surrounding it displays. With that in mind, it would be easier to answer and understand the following sections of this blog. We’re sure that if you’re already here, you know what to expect, but don’t let that affect you from not questioning it, IT world rapidly changes, everyone follows trends and we’re the trendsetters, so in an ever-evolving world, that never stops, why should IT as well? Stagnant is a word that does not define, rather kills, but IT lives and doesn’t stop like time.

What kind of positions you can find in IT?

The colorful world is that of IT’s.

As such, it brings a variety of positions you may find yourself in, let’s name some:

1. Frontend developer

2. Backend developer

3. WordPress developer

4. Graphic designer

5. Project manager

6. QA analyst

The list can go on, but let’s stick to those for a better and more specific insight.

How to find a perfect position for yourself?

Okay, so far we only listed some positions which are present in IT, but what if your problem is finding the right career for you?

In the sea of such variations, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, to even feel like you don’t belong. But, happy news, just you trying to reason such stuff makes it worthwhile and know by that, that you’re in a right place. Everyone can feel like that, even me. I started my career after the wilderness of life took me to many corners of the world, back to the place where I truly belong. I’m trying to say that even though you feel like that, don’t be afraid to experiment and to try what soothes you the best.

Firstly, google (or just check the blog section above ;)) for IT positions you may find interesting and write 10 of them down which seem most interesting to you.

Afterward, ask yourself this: What am I passionate about?

After you answer that, check which job resembles your passion the most.

Continue that until you’re satisfied with the selection and narrow it to one item.

Now that you have a certain subjective answer, research about that job, go to some IT company and ask if someone is willing to talk with you about that job, so you can get the general idea of everyday life you would be experiencing. Of course, google. Google as much as you freaking can. Google is your friend.

Oh, one more thing! Googling is seriously a skill that you need to have. Knowing how to google solves 65% of your problems (I would say 99% but my university would probably take my diploma back).

What does each position do?

Let’s breakdown what already listed positions do, it may give you an insight on what to expect:

1. Frontend developer

Front-end development is used for designing the part of a website that a user sees. The front-end developer will turn designs created by a web designer into a functional, aesthetically pleasing user interface. Front-end web developers use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to design web pages

2. Backend developer

Back-end developers are responsible for creating and maintaining technology at the back end of a website (the server, database, and application). The attractive visuals created by designers, UX professionals, and front end developers couldn't exist without the technology provided by a back end developer

3. WordPress developer

A WordPress developer is a professional that specializes in the infrastructure and ecosystem of the WordPress platform. They might focus on improving the WordPress software itself or creating new products, particularly plugins and themes. ... This is a broad definition because WordPress development is such a broad field.

4. Graphic designer

Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and reports.

5. Project manager

In the broadest sense, project managers (PMs) are responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the completion of specific projects for an organization while ensuring these projects are on time, on budget, and within scope.

6. QA analyst

QA analysts work to ensure high-quality, standard products in all sorts of industries, from food to medical devices. ... Quality assurance is a stage that occurs many times in the software engineering process to ensure that the final product is free of errors.

Which positions pay the most?

In a capitalistic world, this may seem like a sensitive topic. Not many people are open to sharing the numbers of their income. Luckily, there are global numbers that can create a general base of an estimate.

Many people tend to study and go for jobs because they heard they’re well paid; That's why IT became so popular because it is notoriously known for its salaries.

It’s a great sign of a quality branch, so in the culture of speaking about that, let’s see how much do list positions earn annually on average:

1. Frontend developer: $75,576

2. Backend developer: $82,166

3. WordPress developer: $54,000

4. Graphic designer: $45,697

5. Project manager: $88,494

6. QA analyst: $83,147

*(Each estimate was according to PayScale (https://bit.ly/3BIL6nw), and the estimate may differ considering in which region you live in.)

What kind of education do I need for these positions?

The general definition according to study.com - is that you need a bachelor's degree, it may be the most common level of education required to become an IT specialist, but some employers prefer to hire applicants who have earned master's degrees in computer science or related areas. As you can already see, many positions, many varieties of education are required. You are in luck as well, if you studied on your own and learned what you need, employers in IT don’t care that much for diplomas as they do for practical skills. We wrote another blog about that, so go search on our website for a blog named “Degree or skills” to see more about the topic.

Differences in everyday life for these positions and/or similarities?

No matter the position, the day starts at 8 or 9, depending on your companies policy, but if you’re a senior, your day probably starts when you wake up.

Jokes aside, differences between listed positions are not that many as there are similarities!

We’ve elaborated what each position does, and you can generally assume what’s the difference between positions. The main difference would be their specialty and the way they do their job. QA may have more free time because it’s dependant on the developer team, but WordPress developers could be more engaged in the project than the graphics designer. Differences are sort of subjective as the project differs in its intentions.

But to talk about similarities, they’re present and a key on providing a successful business;

Front-end communicates with back-end, a graphic designer with the front end, graphic designer collaborates with the WordPress developer, and all comes to QA to test and examine. The project manager organizes and obtains a radiant, productive atmosphere that provides success in a finished project.

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