Coding and Beyond: 7 Trending Startup Careers

September 13, 2017

One of the best parts of working at a startup is the endless list of career paths it can offer. From marketing to sales, user experience to software development, startups lead the way in innovative career opportunities. To ensure companies attract the brightest talent, The Vine provides all the resources seed-stage businesses need to thrive, including vibrant professional networks and versatile coworking spaces. If you’re interested in a startup career, there are plenty of job options to choose from and here at The Vine, we can provide insight into what’s trending. The Vine SD has already generated 1,000 new jobs, 140 new companies and $1.05 billion in funding. Click here to learn more.

 

UX Designer
You may have thought of the why behind your startup, but have you thought of the how? User experience, often abbreviated as UX, has become a key component of contemporary web design, content creation and more. UX designers primarily focus on how users interact with a product, website or app, crafting user-friendly layouts that actively engage prospective customers. One of the key responsibilities of UX designers is creating “wireframes,” that is, a website or app in its most basic form. While these wireframes may look basic, they’re actually the core of any digital product and take into account crucial factors like customer psychology and analytics.

 

Full Stack Developer
“Why be one thing when you can be everything?” This phrase pretty much sums up the motto of any full stack developer. This job position is white-hot among startup recruiters because it’s truly an all-in-one career, spanning the “full stack” of software development responsibilities. What is “full stack,” you ask? This term covers serving, network and hosting, data modeling, user interface, user experience and beyond. Essentially, full stack developers are a jack of all trades with knowledge of everything from cloud-based file storage to JavaScript. If you know how to develop a framework, create a foolproof layout and develop a normalized relational model, then this job is for you.

 

DevOps Engineer
If you love being on a team of fellow software enthusiasts, you will love a career in DevOps. If your startup was a machine, DevOps engineers would be the oil and the brake fluid. Their job is to ensure software is developed and delivered to audiences as efficiently as possible. Working alongside operations and development, DevOps are primarily responsible for solving infrastructure and development roadblocks, automating processes between internal departments and creating an environment that gets software delivered quickly and reliably. Collaborative roles, just like DevOps, thrive at The Vine, where you can access workspaces specifically designed for communication and brainstorming. These expertly organized offices streamline workflow and maximize productivity.

 

Social Media Specialist
Startups require more than coding and web development; They also require a team of “evangelists” who can promote their product to multiple audiences. Social media specialists open the door to digital audiences on popular platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. With billions of users between them, these social channels offer a unique opportunity to accrue customers while engaging with them in a conversational manner. Social media specialists are not only marketers, but community managers who stay up-to-date with your audience’s wants and needs, providing crucial insight into effective content development.

 

Data Analyst
Number crunchers, eagle eyes and math whizzes are ideal for data analyst positions. Integral to any startup, data analysts identify trends in industry and customer metrics. Data analysts look at sales information, market research, customer data and more, developing data-driven reports that speak volumes about business strategy. Thanks to data analysts, companies can hone in on the who, what, when, where and why, so they can better create and market their product. As you develop your business model, The Vine can give you access to a dynamic network of professionals who can provide guidance as you sharpen your strategy.

 

Recruiters
In a sea of resumes, there’s always that one stunner who can really make an impact on your startup. Recruiters are in charge of finding that needle in a haystack employee, taking every detail into consideration before encouraging a hire. Recruiters are the bridge between prospective employees and corporate executives, carefully analyzing resumes and work samples before moving forward with a candidate. To be a successful recruiter means having a deep understanding of your startup’s core values and needs while also being a little intuitive.

 

Business Development Manager
Every startup needs a people person, and that’s where business development managers come in! Business development managers are always on the hunt for that next lead and frequently meet with potential clients to bring in new business. The primary goal of any business development manager is to expand a startup’s list of prospects and to seek out new sales opportunities. Business development managers are master multitaskers who often head multiple accounts while always keeping an eye out for what’s fresh and new in their industry.

If you’re interested in a startup career, be sure to check out The Vine, where businesses get growing. We specialize in innovative spaces that facilitate creativity, conversation and growth. Click here to learn more.

 

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