Career Options for Professionals Adept at the Agile Process
Organizations across all sectors work with computers and information technology and as a result, Agile professionals can find a diverse range of employers. Such is the importance of Agile that many job-seekers are pursuing certifications in the Agile framework and the work-management framework of Scrum that is essentially an implementation of Agile. This article discusses some career options for those who have certification or experience in the Agile process.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2018)*||Job Growth (2018-28)*|
|Computer and Information Systems Manager||$142,530||11%|
|Training and Development Specialist||$60,870||9%|
|Information Security Analyst||$98,350||32%|
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor
Career Information for Professionals Adept at the Agile Process
Computer and Information Systems Manager
As companies adopt the Agile framework, they need professionals well-versed in Agile methodologies in managerial roles. As an Agile Program Manager, you see to it that your teams become and stay Agile, organize and coordinate Scrum events, and interact with clients and project stakeholders. In order to take up this role, you need to hold a bachelor's degree in a field such as computer science or information science. Employers may also require you to have completed a master's degree, to have worked in fields related to those of the projects you will be assigned, as well as to have work experience involving Agile, such as being a Scrum Master.
An Agile Business Analyst combines experience working with Agile and Scrum with a solid knowledge and understanding of business models and processes in order to help both the organization and clients develop products that are optimal. As an Agile Business Analyst, you are responsible for designing user stories, acceptance criteria, business process mapping, facilitating backlog refinement and prioritization among others. If this career interests you, a bachelor's degree in computer and information science, business, economics, finance, management, or similar, is a good starting point. You may additionally benefit from earning an MBA or a Certified Management Consultant designation.
As an Agile Software Developer, you integrate expert-level coding skills and experience in testing with the methodologies of Agile software development. A software developer is responsible for the end-to-end development of a product including coding and testing. The responsibilities may also include modeling and designing applications, and solving business problems. In this regard, this job may be similar to that of an Agile Business Analyst; however, as it requires extensive knowledge of programming and various aspects of computer and information systems, a bachelor's degree in computer science or similar is a must-have.
Training and Development Specialist
As more and more organizations strive to become Agile, Agile Coaches are increasingly pursued. Agile Coaches facilitate the adoption of the Agile process by directly teaching and mentoring teams on Agile practices and values, developing and delivering workshops, and regularly evaluating them on Agile maturity. Graduation in a relevant field, such as business administration, human resources, or training and development is a must, as is an Agile Team Coach certification. Employers may further require you to have a certain level of prior experience as a coach or as a Scrum Master and also to be certified in either Lean, Kanban, or Scrum.
Information Security Analyst
Data protection is paramount for virtually all organizations in this day and age, and Agile methodologies find their applications even in this domain. Information security analysts write code in languages such as Python and Ruby, apply data protection tools, work with network software and techniques, databases, and Cloud infrastructure, while often employing the Agile process to develop security solutions. A bachelor's degree in computer science or any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field is a good starting point for an aspiring information security analyst.