Working in technology is an area where being young often helps to secure the position. Technology moves so fast that not every recruiter values experience beyond a certain age. For anyone in their 30s and beyond, this can be a real issue.
Here are some tech jobs that are viable long into the 30s, 40s and sometimes beyond that.
There are many kinds of computer programmers, but it doesn’t matter which type of programmer that you look up on jobdescriptions.net, you’ll find that there’s good longevity into the 30s and 40s. When coding as a 40-year-old, you’ll probably want to have become a manager of a team by that point. Keeping up with twentysomethings with all the language changes, programming frameworks and different project management methodologies like LEAN or AGILE development takes someone who is a fast learner and endlessly adaptable. While an older person can still do this, it gets harder as the years run past and tends to wear down even the best coders.
A games developer is certainly a viable position in the 30s, but when reaching 40+, you really have to be an experienced manager plus an avid gamer to qualify. While there are older gamers, most gamers are teenagers and in their early 20s, so the older you become, the suspicion in the job market is that you might not understand the interests of someone much younger. However, there are many aspects of games development – from coding to artwork to mapping to backstory – with not everyone requiring a young persons’ mindset to get the job done.
Social Media Manager
A social media manager is a position that covers a broad spectrum of industries including startups and technology-based ones. The role tends to currently favor women over men but is not exclusively women. The requirements include understanding the key differences between each major social media platform, how to build a brand through thought communication as well as what to avoid saying to prevent PR issues. It’s not necessary to fit a certain age group to fulfill this kind of role.
The role of a network engineer comes in many facets and levels developing on qualifications and experience. Certainly, there are professional CISCO networking certifications that allow someone working in networking to advance their career. Only some roles include accessing the servers directly, crouching down to hot swap hard drives and so on; most networking roles revolve around using software to manage and reconfigure the network which doesn’t require squatting workouts to keep up. Of the four technology-related careers, this is the one that is the least age restrictive, followed by working as a social media manager.
For many people working in a technology field, the concern isn’t so much in their 30s, but what happens 10-20 years’ later. There are few people who still work in technology when crossing into their 50s unless they’re in very senior managerial positions like as a Chief Technology Officer. Therefore, its incumbent on technology workers to expect to either need to freelance when older or plan financially for their early retirement to avoid being put out to pasture before they’re financially able to survive the life change.