As an internet professional, there are many career paths you can pursue. Just do a quick search on major job sites like CareerBuilder or Monster.com and you will find many career opportunities for those in the internet field.
In this article, I will highly four such career opportunities.
Internet Support Technician
An internet support technician, as its name suggests, provides support to clients on issues pertaining to the use of various applications and software in their business.
In this support role, the internet technician often troubleshoots the problem and provides solutions on how to fix the problem as well as proactively develop and/or maintain websites and applications.
Internet Marketing Analyst
If you are on the creative side, a career in internet marketing will provide you with many opportunities to express your creativity.
You would be responsible for creating online marketing campaigns for clients on platforms such as Google, YouTube, Yahoo, Facebook and Bing. You will also analyze and evaluate the performance of such campaigns through the use of qualitative and quantitative data sets.
This position requires someone who has good analytical and problem-solving skills and be able to think outside the box. It’s a very competitive field, but provides the ability for great advancement.
Starting salary is in the $40,000-$50,000 range. In many companies, there is also a performance-based pay structure that allows for higher compensation.
Internet Sales Specialist
There is a growing need for internet sales specialists who are responsible for responding to online sales leads. A major industry that employs these specialists is automotive dealerships.
Basically, a prospective customer who visits a dealership website will make an inquiry either online or by phone. The sales specialist will follow up on the inquiry (or lead) and try to convert these leads into sales.
If you are a people person, then this is the job for you. When you mention to someone else that you’re in the internet business, many assume that you are behind computers all day. But a major part of being in internet sales is face-to-face direct communication with the customer. As such, you would need to have very good communication skills as well as have a sociable and engaging personality.
Since this is a sales position, pay is commission-based. Your income is only limited by your ability to sell. Because the salary is based on commission, the range can be wide: from $45,000 to $70,000 annually.
Another career opportunity for the creative types, a web designer helps the client design and develop a website. The role of the web designer has evolved a lot over the years. It’s not just about the look and feel of a website anymore. Not only does a website have to look professionally designed, it must meet usability, compatibility and speed requirements.
As a web designer, you work with a client to bring a concept to life. That’s the creative part. For the technical portion, you would need expert knowledge of HTML, CSS, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign as well as various CMS platforms.
Like Internet Sales Specialists, there is a wide salary range for web designers. A quick look on CareerBuilder will have a position that pays $70.00 per hour while another pays only $25 per hour.
While I only covered 4 career opportunities for the internet professional in this article, there are many more out there. This is just a taste. Do a little research on the major job sites and you will find that this is a career with a bright future and will only grow exponentially in the coming years.