The Surprising “Perks” of an IT Career

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Have you heard the old saying, “money can’t buy happiness”? While most would agree that money sure helps, this saying does have a good point. After all, what good is money if your job makes you miserable, and the long work hours leave you no time to enjoy life? Perhaps that’s why many job seekers today consider a generous bonus package to be just as important as the salary. Let’s explore some of the perks–other than salary–that can come with a career in technology.

Job security
When it comes to job security, you need look no further than a tech career. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 11% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.1 IT skills are projected to be in demand for years to come, which makes for greater job security and peace of mind. In our currently volatile and unpredictable world, that speaks volumes!

Excellent work/life balance
Even for those of us who love our jobs, most would agree that we want to leave work at work. Some industries are known for putting some serious effort into creating a healthy work/life balance for their employees. The tech industry is one of them. When Glassdoor listed the 29 best jobs for work–life balance, more than 10 of those jobs were computer and IT related.2

Work flexibility
Along with work/life balance, tech employees are often given the perk of work flexibility. Some work from home; others can choose their work hours. Many IT companies don’t necessarily adhere to a rigid 9-to-5 schedule and offer employees the option of choosing what works best for them.3

A variety of industries and work situations
Just about every industry out there needs tech professionals, which means you can work in a variety of industries and sectors: finance, government, entertainment, service industries… the list is endless. Mom-and-Pop shops to international corporations need IT staff to run their businesses. And for you entrepreneurs out there, you can even start up an IT-related business at home!

Attractive working environment.
Because high-tech employees are in demand, tech companies realize they need to “up their game” to attract IT talent. As a result, don’t be surprised if your new tech job includes complimentary food, a casual dress code, an on-site gym and daycare, and other perks you may not find elsewhere. For example, some tech companies, like Netflix, offer unlimited paid time off and up to one year of paid leave for new moms and dads.3

If the perks of a high-tech career sound good to you, prepare now to earn a technology degree from Independence University. We’re conveniently located in the Ogden area and offer IT degrees in Software and Mobile Applications Development and Cybersecurity & Networking. Plus, you can earn your Bachelor’s degree in just 36 months! Classes start monthly. Call 801-284-3216 to learn more.


  2. October 9,2018


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