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What majors are best for tech?

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Sara’s Answer

**This is being answered by a group of employees at PagerDuty**

There are a number of college majors that would be most beneficial if you wanted to get into a technical role at in the tech industry: Computer Science, Information Technology, Data Science, Information Systems, Machine Learning, Computer Engineering.

There are many majors that would allow you to transfer into tech roles: Industrial & Product Design, Statistics, Mathematics, Science.

Even if you have a degree in something outside of tech, if you align yourself to certain internships and social groups (coding bootcamps, etc.) you will be able to enter into a role in tech. Look into companies that offer feeder programs or leadership programs where you get hands-on, advanced real time experience.
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Tracie’s Answer

This answer is a combined answer from a team of people at a tech company that spans roles in engineering, legal, people, and our ESG team.

We suggest you should think about what you like to do and consider where technology can intersect. We believe that you choose a subject that you really enjoy, as the more you enjoy studying something, the more you put into it- the more you get out and the more successful you will be.

Technology is very broad, and you can find roles at tech companies that span really any profession. Here are some examples:

Engineering- where you are coding and creating products - Majors: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Math

Product Development- researching the products and defining what is needed in the market and determining what to build- Majors: Philosophy, Engineering, Social Sciences, Marketing

Marketing- brand recognition, connecting products to demand- Majors: Business, Marketing, Communications

Legal- assisting the tech company with complying with laws and selling products faster and litigation matters (such as contract negations, employment issues, product compliance) Majors- Business, Political Science, English

HR- supporting all the people who work at the tech company. Majors: Communications, Human Resources
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Mark’s Answer

There are a wide variety of career options in the Tech industry. I recommend you think about the type of role you might like...

Build new products (Engineering)
Sell products (Marketing / Sales)
Operational support functions (Finance, IT)
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Mark’s Answer

Here's a more detailed answer for you. There are a wide variety of college majors relevant to the Technology Industry. It really all depends on what areas of the industry you are most interested in.

If you are interested in...
...building technology products, then pursue a technical degree, such as Computer Science, Computer Graphics, Engineering, Mathematics, or Statistics
... selling technology products, then pursue a degree in either Business, Communications, Marketing or Economics
... deploying and managing technology platforms within a company, then pursue a degree in Information Technology or Management Information Systems
... supporting a technology company with internal business processes, then pursue a degree in either Finance, Accounting, Human Resources or Political Science.

Technology has become so pervasive that virtually every company has or is becoming a technology-driven company in some form or fashion, which means you can get involved in technology just about anywhere. The best advice I can give is to find what major interest you the most, and I am sure it can lead you success in tech.




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