Want to work in tech? Join these competitions.
Posted November 11, 2020 by Aisha Abdullah, PhD
The future is bright for careers in tech. With job growth across the field, tech workers are in high demand. What’s more, tech careers have higher than average salaries and job satisfaction. So what can you do in a tech job? You could analyze data related to scientific research, engineer website and mobile applications, research and optimize companies’ marketing, develop video games, or work in cybersecurity for a government organization. When it comes to tech careers, the possibilities are endless.
However, tech jobs aren’t for everyone. As with any career, there are skills you need to develop in order to thrive in tech. If you’re interested in a tech career, start by practicing analytical, problem-solving, and project management skills as well as learning programming languages and common operating systems. There are many academic competitions that can help you learn and master these skills.
Competitions for a future in tech
American Computer Science League – Computer science contests for grade 11 and 12
CyberPatriot – Online cyber defense competition for teams of K-12 students
Cyber Robotics Coding Competition – Virtual 3D robotics tournament for grade 6-8
Future Problem Solving Program – Creative problem-solving competition for grades 4 – 12
Imagine Cup (Microsoft) – Global team computer science competition for students over 16
MakeX Spark Online Competition – Creative design competition for ages 6 to 13
National Cyber League – Cybersecurity competition for high school students
ProjectCSGirls – Tech and social issues focused competition for girls in grades 6-8
REACH Challenge – Team design-thinking project for middle school and high school students
STEM Fuse: Got Game Competition – Video game design competitions for grades 5-12
Technovation Girls – Free tech-based team competition for girls ages 10 – 18
Find more tech-focused competitions in the Institute of Competition Sciences (ICS) database. Upgrade to a premium account for additional tools to help track your progress in competitions and get special discounts on ICS-managed programs!