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Looking for a Career Change? Check Out #BlackWomenInTech

Imagine your job is fully remote, includes amazing benefits, a 401K, unlimited PTO, and pays you nearly six figures in a starting position. If you’re on any of the main social media apps and you haven’t seen any Black Women In Tech or “Breaking into tech” posts, then girl, fix your algorithm!

Black Women In Tech

There are TikTok accounts dedicated to talking about careers and hacks in tech, more commonly known as “TechTok.” Lydia Rhode (@lydiarhode_) vlogged her entire journey of how she “broke into tech” in just 18 days. She now consults other people on how they can do the same thing. She is one of many of these Tech Consulting Baddies.

Another major Tech Consulting Baddie is MyTechBestFriend (MTBF) founder Mary Awodele. She has been featured on AfroTech, Business Insider, and Yahoo News for the impressive stats of the MTBF Academy. According to her website, the Academy has a 90% success rate of students leaving with starting salaries averaging between $70K – $90K within 6 months of completing the course. Students have been hired at big-name companies, such as Deloitte, T-Mobile, Dell, and even Amazon. If you don’t believe it, look through MTBF’s tweets from students posting their wins.

(And while we’re on the subject of Twitter, don’t forget to look at the #BlackWomenInTech trolls, especially if you need a good laugh. Thank me later!)

In addition to having someone help, and for the more independent learners, companies like Google have a plethora of free online courses that can get you started with either learning the basics or being certified in your choice of study. Hiring managers like seeing these courses (along with proof of skills applied) on resumes for tech roles.

If you’re anything like me, you may be wondering if this is just some internet trend that will die out in due time. And that is definitely fair to assume. However, only 25% of the tech work field is women, and just 5% of that portion is black women. And with technology constantly changing and evolving, it wouldn’t hurt to have more representation in this field.

Percentage of Black Women in Tech circle graph

Furthermore, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that careers in Computer and Information Technology are expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations by about 13% in a 10-year period. They note that specifically careers in cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security, will likely be the most desired.

So you’ve got the facts, and now you’re interested. But where do you start? Especially if you have no experience in tech—what options are out there for you?

We know Google is a thing, but I have also listed tech job titles that are similar to the following non-tech roles that can help get you started and/or refine your search:

  • Customer Service Experience: Technical Account Manager, Implementation Specialist, Support Technicians, IT Help Desk Technician, Software Support Specialist
  • Teachers: Technical Trainers, Instructional Technologists
  • Creative: UX Design, Digital Content Design, Video Game Designer, Digital Producer
  • Writers: Technical Writer, Technical Communication Specialist, Documentation Specialist, Copywriter

So there you have it girl; a quick rundown of tech conversations about Black Women In Tech. Good luck on your #BreakingIntoTech journey!

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MeaResea is a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia and currently lives in Atlanta. While she attended Agnes Scott College, a small, traditionally all women’s, college in Decatur, Georgia, she majored in Economics and minored in Spanish. She’s always had a passion for writing, however. In her free time, she loves doing yoga, trying new recipes, reading various fiction titles, and spending time with friends and family.