It’s Thursday morning at 5:45 a.m. You just walked in for your shift, and your legs are still tired from yesterday. You don’t mind the hard work, but your body could use a break. Plus, the early mornings are getting harder in the bitter winter darkness.
So you think it might be time for a change. Tech sounds interesting. But are your skills transferable? Does it make sense to switch from a warehouse operator to a tech specialist? What jobs are even available?
If you’re exploring a role in tech, here are five tech roles that are perfect for warehouse employees.
1. Project manager
If you’re a people person, this is for you. Project managersBuilding a data science skill set with an engineering background coordinate and communicate with various stakeholders, including team members, management, and customers to ensure that all project requirements are met on time and within budget.
Likewise, warehouse operators also often work in teams to manage inventory, shipments, and other tasks, which translates to the ability to collaborate and coordinate with diverse teams in project management. Also, managing multiple tasks and ensuring timely deliveries is crucial in a warehouse setting, similar to managing project timelines.
2. Business analyst
Business analysts help understand business needs and refine their processes, products, services, and software solutions through data analysis.
Business analysts pay a lot of attention to details when analyzing data or processes. In the same way, warehouse operators need to ensure accuracy in order picking or inventory counts. Also, both business analysts and warehouse operators should be good at problem-solving.
3. Software engineer
Software engineers design and build software solutions from the ground up, much like the architects and builders of the digital world. They often need to troubleshoot issues and quickly adapt to new tools or processes appearing in the ever-evolving tech landscape. Warehouse operators must often also stay adaptable, flexible, and creative, and this makes them prime candidates for this role.
4. Support specialist
Individuals in this role assist users in resolving technical issues. No two days are the same, and problems can range from simple issues to complex technical bugs.
Addressing customer issues in a support role requires patience, similar to handling challenging situations or delays in a warehouse. Also, support specialists need to interact with wildly varying types of clients or users, just like warehouse operators often have to communicate with various departments, drivers, and vendors.
5. Cybersecurity analyst
This role can be compared to being a detective in the IT world. This specialist is responsible for protecting the company's IT infrastructure from cyber threats.
Ensuring cybersecurity often means catching small discrepancies or anomalies, much like ensuring accuracy in a warehouse setting. In short, both cybersecurity analysts and warehouse operators are supposed to manage risk by identifying and mitigating potential threats in cyberspace — not unlike a physical warehouse.
Apart from soft skills, it’s important to gain much-needed hard skills. It takes time and persistence to understand and master new technologies and skills. But with the right education and guidance, you can become a qualified specialist in less than a year.
You can obtain technical hard skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced tech field by enrolling in one of TripleTen's bootcamps. One of the greatest things about enrolling in TripleTen is that you can master just the few missing skills you need to get a job in tech. Check out the programs’ syllabi to know which hard skills are required and discover the profession you find most interesting.
Switch careers in just a few months
At TripleTen, you can complete an online part-time program for software engineers in 10 months or become a business intelligence analyst in just four months. TripleTen bootcamps are accessible to beginners; no technical background is required to start studying. And 87% of our students land a job within 180 days after graduation.
Take a cue from Jeremy Rivera. Before getting into tech, he had been working at different warehouses for three years. Listen to our podcast to learn how he transferred the skills he already had — and gained even more — to start a new career in tech.