5 Types of Non-Tech Companies That Need Software Developers

Technology companies aren’t the only businesses that depend on coders, or pay them well. Both the public and private sectors benefit from the specialized support of software developers, and the opportunities for employment are diverse.

Below are five industries where your technical education is highly desired:


Brick-and-mortar retailers of all sizes have to invest in data technologies as a means to stay competitive in the era of fast fashion.

From wearable technologies and body sizing software to predictive and personalized marketing, fashion brands are relying on software developers to anticipate trends and serve customers quickly.

If you love both fashion and writing code, Amazon sometimes hires Software Development Engineers to join their fashion team, noting that the position will provide a “chance to get in on the ground floor with a team that is shifting the paradigm for online shopping with disruptive experiences and new business models that haven’t been solved at scale before.”


If you’re interested in using your coding skills to help others, consider the advantages and impact of working at a nonprofit.

Nonprofit organizations need technicians who can update outdated software and implement systems that ease workload and increase global impact.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is hiring software developers to support the “elimination of cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death.” You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside specialists, and increase an organization in its capacity for helping others.

Politics & Government

Beginning in 2008, candidate websites emerged as a key battleground for public perception. Barack Obama famously used his site to support a national grassroots campaign which raised millions in small, web-based donations.

Today, politicians and local government groups alike are depending on software developers to bring their message online and make it easier for citizens to get involved in the political process.

Coders can find a variety of opportunities managing government software at the civic, state, and federal levels. You can also pitch your startup idea to the venture capital arm of the CIA, which invites citizens who are “committed to serving [their] country in a new and unique way.”

Elder Care

According to Pew Research Center, the number of people 65 and older is projected to triple by mid-century, from 531 million in 2010 to 1.5 billion in 2050. This aging of the global population is creating market demand for new products and services in diet, fitness, and medical support.

Innovations in sensory aid technology, cloud-based record keeping, and improved wellness modeling are all possible through software, and code can be used to make an elderly person’s life easier.

Lumosity is hiring a Principal iOS Engineer to create engaging experiences for seniors (and people of all ages) to help them “sleep better, improve mindfulness, and train their brain.”


As the construction industry grows, so does the need for streamlined services and low-cost alternatives to cumbersome work.

Software supports the designs, labor, and budgets of contractors both large and small, while also providing a crucial channel for research and development.

If your interests align in building homes and code, Viewpoint Construction Software is hiring a QA Engineer who is “committed to bringing information technology-based efficiencies to construction projects and their stakeholders.”

Ready to learn how software is being applied to all industries in new and exciting ways? Join us at an upcoming info session or Code 101 to find out how you can begin your journey as a professional coder.

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