Pathways to Tech Careers

With sponsorship from The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, research by KeyUp, and in partnership with various community partners, we’re excited to present this report of pathways for all learners that lead to high-quality jobs in IT.

This report reflects the learnings produced by qualitative research done with Austin-based technical educators, recruiters, human resource managers, and tech employees. The report covers technical career pathways, technical career ladders within those pathways, and an overview of the educational institutions that support technical job seekers in the Capital Area. It emphasizes alternative educational programs because, though 2- or 4-year degrees are the surest way to find a career in the tech field, that is changing more and more as employers move towards skills-based interview processes. While there are many resources explaining educational opportunities at more traditional postsecondary institutions, there are far fewer to show career and training routes aside from those well-worn trails.

The goal of the maps contained within this report is to lay a foundation for understanding the tech career space, as well as to provide advisors a framework for confidently guiding career changers and advancers.

Learners can find visualizations of pathways to tech careers here.

Advisors and community organizations can find the full report and research here.

For more information, please contact navid@pelotonu.org.