The tech industry is the one segment of the U.S. economy that is sustaining constant growth. Job-seekers, even those who don’t have a proven record in the industry or a degree in a tech, shouldn’t be discouraged from entering the tech field.

All that growth has been turning into more jobs. The more jobs out there, the better chance you have of getting hired.

The other excellent aspect of this industry is that it is a skill-based industry, so education requirements are not as important as actually being able to do the job.. There are plenty of smart people with no more than a high school diploma who created that right piece of software or solved that one IT problem that catapulted them into a great career.

The tech industry is a wide-open field that’s just waiting for the right people. Seriously, take a look at your local job boards, and it’s easy to see that the opportunities outweigh those in other industries.

All you have to do is find the right job for your skills and experience. If you feel you’re ready for a job in tech, here are some hot areas to consider that can kickstart your new career.

Contract Work

Contract work is a great place to start if you’ve already got tech skills and need to develop a proven record of success is by performing contract work.

There are numerous freelance sites that where clients post various jobs by the contract instead of hiring an employee outright. A freelancer gains work by bidding on the various jobs of your specific skills. Upwork is a good example.

What’s great about contract work is that you have the opportunity further hone your skills and build a reputation that you can later use on a resume.

User Support

The bottom line with the tech industry is that it is much easier to break into when you have something to show for your talents.

For example, if over the years you’ve become the “go-to” guy for family and friends for every computer problem that ever came up, you have concrete knowledge that is valuable.  A simple employee test will confirm the skill and knowledge you possess and you’re on the way to potentially a great career. This is something you can offer to take along with your application.

If you’re a person with extensive IT knowledge and experience you may just be perfect for a job as a computer user support specialist. That is provided that you also have the people skills and patience to deal with the various personalities and frustrations of the users you’ll be helping.

If you have the skills for user support you could expect to earn an average of around $48,000 a year with or without a college degree.

Cybersecurity Specialist

These days one of the hottest trends has been adding additional support for cyber security.

Every day there are literally hundreds of companies that hacked for ransom and in the end, have no other choice but to pay it. It’s become such a prolific problem that experts estimate that $6 trillion will be spent on cybercrime every year through 2021.

You can bet that companies are upgrading their cyber security forces. This is just about the fastest growing segment of the tech industry. It’s too expensive for companies to take a chance on compromised files and they’re more than willing to pay for an expert in cyber security.

These jobs can start in the area of $63,000 a year.

Digital marketer

This is another super-hot area for tech these days because more and more companies are coming to rely on the internet as the backbone of their marketing program.

If you’ve got experience and knowledge in search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM) or social media marketing this may very well be the ideal job for you. Social media and online reputation management may also be part of a digital marketing job. Digital marketing is also a great career path for freelance writers who have some background creating content for the web.

A writer can handle content marketing, email marketing, and many other tasks. Some opt to perfect their craft by specializing in one or two of these areas.

At the right company, you could expect to earn well over $60,000 a year with these skills.