We are living in an era when cutting-edge technologies grow at the speed of light, resulting in a high demand of talented engineers graduating from top tier universities with a master or PhD degree. If you are a job seeker looking for an opportunity to make a career in the IT industry in Japan, you're probably overwhelmed with countless job descriptions that prefer “a Master or PhD level in computer science or related field”. Hmm, what if I hold a Bachelor degree in a related field? Isn’t it good enough for me to secure a job? What are my chances?
I used to ask myself this question and felt a little bit stuck. But then, I started google-ing and found a lot of interesting IT jobs in Japan that only need a Bachelor degree in computer science (in some exceptions, even a relevant certificate is possible) and have a promising future.
1. IT consultant
If you are confident in your communication skills, maybe you should try to take a closer look at this interesting job. Just like any other consultant in other industries, IT consultants give expert advice professionally but specialise in the IT industry. IT consultants primarily provide advice on integrating information technology systems to increase commercial efficiency and improve processes, for example, proposing system development based on the IT strategy to improve management.
One of the attractions of being an IT consultant is because you will be surrounded by professionals from various backgrounds, so you will gain a wide range of knowledge and skills.
2. Sales Engineer
If you have technical knowledge and strong interpersonal skills (or at least you want to challenge yourself with the sales skill), sales engineer might be a job title that is worth considering. And if you have never heard about this role? Don’t worry, we will tell you about it.
A sales engineer is the one who sells (sales) technological products or services (engineer) to their clients, mostly are businesses. You don’t need to have a degree in computer science but you must have extensive knowledge of the products and an exceptional communication skill to persuade your potential clients why they should choose you over your competitors.
It's a challenging and exciting job, but the salary will not disappoint you. A sales engineer in Japan can earn 6.6 million yen per year (＄66k) on average and higher if you have broad experiences. Hard work paid off.
3. Computer Programmer
Programmers, sometimes called software developers, are a fundamental part of software development. A computer programmer creates the code for software applications and operating systems that design a set of instructions a computer can follow.
Your chances of getting a job as a computer programmer will be better if you earn a bachelor degree in computer science, mathematics or related subjects. But don’t give up right away if you don’t hold one of those degrees: some employers, especially Japanese, are willing to hire fresh graduates in totally different subjects such as economics or business and train them from scratch. Or if you want to stand out of the crowd, register for a computer science class, practice and practice a lot until you master some programming languages that are crucial for a modern-day coder such as Python, Java or C.
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4. Computer System Engineer
Bored of coding and want a career which can make the most out of your IT background and abilities? How about the computer system engineer role?
As a computer system engineer, your duties are not limited to software development but can also extend to management and consulting which require a combination of knowledge of engineering and analysis on a wide scale to suit both personal and professional needs.
There are some people who aim at a career as a software engineer after gaining experience as a programmer to maximise their skills as well as income.
All system engineers must have a strong technical understanding but qualities to make a well-grounded system engineer go beyond the necessities. They have an analytical mind, strong organisational skills, an ability to see a big picture as well as communication skills. Does it sound like you?
5. Network Engineer (Network Architect)
An occupation for those who don’t want to stick at a desk all day is network engineer. The work is office-based but you may need to work across different sites depending on the size of the organisation and its network.
So what do network engineers do? Imagine: computers are convenient, but with each one being used individually, their convenience is limited, particularly when a company uses many computers at the same time. This is when network engineers come into play. They will be responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of such networks.
Are you worried about the job prospect of network engineering because of the proliferation of cloud-based servers such as AWS? Take it easy. In fact, there will always be new jobs to be done to prevent unauthorised access and eliminate network traffic (due to the increase of traffic). If you have free time, supplement your knowledge such as virtual servers and virtual networks and your skills with relevant qualifications such as Microsoft Certifications (MCSA, MCSE) or Cisco Certifications (CCENT, CCNA, CCNP).