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Tech smart kids have several career options.
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by Kristin Smith

6 jobs your kids can snag if they love technology

We’re here to help your whole family #TakeSimpleSteps to prepare for the future. That means we’re thinking about your kids too. Check out these 6 tech hobbies they could turn into lucrative careers.


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Video game tester

You read that right. All those hours your kid spent in front of the latest gaming system could work in their favor.

What they should study:

  • Software development
  • Computer programming
  • Computer science

If they’re really passionate, they can level up by adding quality control certification and user experience to their skills.

Average salary: $82,340/year*

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Customer journey creator

Is your kid a fan of puzzles? Do they help you place orders online? If analysis and critical thinking come natural to them, they could be a User experience (UX) designer. They’d spend their day making websites easier to navigate for customers like us.

What they should study:

  • Programming
  • Software development
  • Web development
  • Graphic design

Average salary: $66,130/year*

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Ethical hacker

Better known as an information security analyst, this job lets them hack while doing good. They’ll help protect organizations, and you, from the real cybercriminals out there.

What they should study:

  • Computer science
  • Programming
  • Engineering

Average salary: $92,600/year*

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Social media guru

Have a social network butterfly on your hands? This is the job for them. As Chief Listening Officer, they’ll track what social media is saying about the company they work for and act on it.

What they should study:

  • Marketing
  • Business
  • Public relations or communications
  • Behavioral science

Average salary: $181,210/year*

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Professional nerd

Do science and technology make their face light up? As a science and tech policy analyst, they could help shape public policy, and geek out on their favorite subjects every day.

What they should study:

  • Advanced field of scientific study
  • Media relations
  • Professional certifications could be necessary

Average salary: $67,946 to $82,900/year, depending on industry*

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Robot builder

Do your kids love robots? Did you ever come home to find your computer completely taken apart? If you answered yes to these questions, then you have a budding robotics engineer in your home.

What they should study:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Advanced math
  • Advanced science

Average salary: $68,000 to $105,000/year, depending on industry*

*Salaries based on date from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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