New career ideas for IT workers

CIO just published a great list of 24 new careers for IT professionals who are no longer in IT, covering project managers, help desk operators, software developers, BAs, and Testers. The best one Help Desk should become phone sex workers cause they are good on the phone!

Here is a summary of the article:

IT Project Managers

  • Wedding/Event Planners: Making sure a wedding comes off without a hitch will seem like a breeze after dealing with the millions of variables involved in a software project. Dealing with Bridezilla, however…well, perhaps not so much.
  • Professional Organizers: You can use your organizational skills to get other people’s lives in order, and you’ll make a bundle doing it.
  • Personal Trainers/Martial Arts Instructor: Use your self-discipline to discipline others into getting in shape.
  • Symphony Conductors: If you’re musically inclined, you can combine your ability to keep teams of people on task with your musical interests to conduct an orchestra.

Help Desk

  • Entrepreneurs: Use your winning personality and customer service orientation to buy a franchise or start your own business.
  • Sales reps: If starting your own business sounds too risky, you can use your engaging personality to sell luxury goods in a high-end boutique, pharmaceuticals to doctors or software to CIOs.
  • Recruiters: Recruiters solve companies’ staffing problems, and they’re known for their sunny dispositions.
  • Customer service reps: The best customer service workers, like the best help desk workers, remain calm in stressful situations and are able to impose that calm on others.
  • Social Workers/Psychologists: These professions leverage your desire to help others.
  • Phone Sex Workers: You’re good on the phone, right?

Software Developer

  • Technical Writers: Software developers are uniquely qualified to excel as technical writers.
  • Novelists: Writing fiction is a heady intellectual challenge and a great way to exercise your imaginative side. But note that unless you win the Oprah’s Book Club lottery you likely won’t be able to quit your day job.
  • Mathematicians: Many computer scientists majored in math in college. Moving into a career in math wouldn’t be much of a stretch.
  • Musicians: Another way to indulge your creative side is through music.
  • Architects: Architects combine the best of left-brain and right-brain thinking, much like the best software developers.

Business Analysts

  • Translators/Interpreters: Good business analysts are effective interpreters and translators of business requirements. Your mind is suited to do the same with a foreign language.
  • Reporters/Journalists: Your ability to ask specific questions and elicit information from taciturn people would serve you very well if you chose to pursue a career as a reporter. With your tech background, you could easily become an IT journalist.
  • Conflict Negotiators/Mediators: Use your diplomatic skills to resolve conflicts among students in schools, inner-city gangs or pugilistic nations.
  • Dentists: You’re good at pulling teeth, right?

QA Testers

  • Copy-editors: If you know the fundamentals of grammar and composition, you can apply your ability to find errors in code to finding mistakes on the page.
  • Product inspectors: Use your QA mindset to inspect a product other than software.
  • Wine-tasters: If your palate and nose are as discriminating as your mind, you’d make Bacchus proud as a good wine-taster.
  • Movie reviewers: Apply your discerning eye to something fun.
  • Exterminators: Why not kill real bugs?