Working in IT, but Outside the Cubicle

by Anya Jennings on January 4, 2010

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IT is always changing, and career choices are changing with it. Being a techie does not mean being stuck in a dreary cubicle all day anymore. Here are some IT careers that will get you out of the office.

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On-site Service – Ok, so it’s a little Geeksquad and not exactly a movin’-on-up career choice, but you can meet some great people (most of who will be dazzled by your expertise) and do something different every day, which you have to admit is pretty cool.

NASA – While there may be cubicles for some, there’s always that glimmer of hope that one day you’ll be called upon to fix the onboard computer on the space shuttle or man the control room during takeoff. It just doesn’t get more awesome than that.

Military Logistics – Computer techs out in the military field are just about as far from a cubicle as they can get. Every branch of the service needs computers and people who can fix/network/make the magic happen.

Research – Consider a computer lab to work on the coolest projects imaginable. Cutting edge technology with a big budget price tag makes for some pretty exciting work. Yes, it really is rocket science.

Company Training – Hiring out as a consultant to companies that need software training for employees isn’t high tech, but it will definitely pay the bills.

Teaching – You don’t have to have a teaching degree to work at a trade school like ITT Tech. If you think you’d like to teach, give it a shot.

Stage Production – Today’s stage shows are so technologically advanced that computers control everything behind the scenes; music, lighting, pyrotechnics, even the stage itself…so venues need computer techs…and as jobs with perks go, you can hardly beat being in charge of the Jumbotron.

Music and Television – Every studio and station is full of IT people, and you could be one of them.

Oil Rigs – Keeping the oil rigs in the ocean stabilized and running smoothly is a full time job with one big perk – time schedule. Typically, it’s two weeks on and two weeks off. While you’re out, it’s 80 hours a week, and that’s 40 straight and 40 overtime. When you’re in…you have two weeks to do whatever you want, and a big fat paycheck to do it with.

Computers are so ubiquitous today that the field is wide open. Unless your dream is to move to Montana and raise cattle (in which case you wasted your IT education), finding a dream job that’s interesting, challenging and definitely not cubed is within range. If you’re just not cut out for the pinstripe corporate life…well, somebody’s programming the coasters at Universal Studios. Why not you? It’s just a matter of thinking outside the box.

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Anya Jennings January 25, 2010 at 10:54 am


It sounds like you’ve avoided cubicle life just fine! Glad to hear you’ve enjoyed your experiences even if they meant working outside the 9-5 routine.

Anya Jennings March 15, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Very cool Matt. Thanks for sharing!

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