So you made a Trailblazer account, congratulations!
Now it’s time for us to find out which career path interests you most. We recognize that the amount of options may seem overwhelming, as you may not know where you want to start, and that’s okay!
Trailhead gives you a ton of information on each career path as within each career page, you are provided:
- The general and technical skills that recruiters look for in that career
- A general overview of what the career path entails
- The average salary and job demand growth in the US
- A day in the life of the listed position (Only listed on some pages)
- Real-life stories of Salesforce professionals in that career
- A curated learning path (or Trail) for the career of interest
In this blog, we’re breaking down each career path as listed on Trailhead.
A Salesforce Administrator is a very well-rounded position, as you will dip your toes into aspects of other roles. The simplest way to explain a Salesforce Administrator’s duties is that you are at the center of connecting the business side of a company with the technology side.
Some examples of the work you could face as a Salesforce Administrator range from automating business processes to training other team members on how to efficiently use Salesforce.
Salesforce Administrator is an attractive career path as data pulled from Trailhead states the role has a 400% annual growth rate. Trailhead makes it easy for you to get an overview of the general and technical skills that recruiters look for in a Salesforce Admin. And you already know that attached to those skills is a host of training modules and certificates that you can obtain to pursue this career path.
A career as a Salesforce Architect can be a great choice for all the tech enthusiasts out there. To become a successful architect you need to be extremely well versed in the Salesforce ecosystem and be proficient in designing scalable systems for clients.
Salesforce Architects may work on a variety of items such as: reviewing application feature designs to make sure they check off all requirements, running workshops with clients to discover their business needs and goals, and brainstorming solution overviews for clients.
Salesforce Architect is an attractive career choice as they’re becoming more in demand each year, with the annual growth rate over the past 5 years being 1,292% (WOW!). Once again, all of the skills and knowledge levels recruiters look for are listed on the Trailhead page, while modules and trails about each are available at the bottom of the page.
For BAs, the #1 priority is data, data, data. Salesforce Business Analysts are very level-headed, data-driven people who are well-versed in the platform, but do not require the same depth of knowledge as an Admin or Architect. Business Analysts thrive on identifying insights and making data-based recommendations that drive success.
Some examples of work that Salesforce Business Analyst could face may include: creating data flow diagrams for your team, identifying key data points that your internal sales team or a client should be keeping track of, or making actionable business recommendations based on data to clients.
Salesforce Business Analysts are trusted employees that are known for their logic and sound decision making skills. With the demand for this position growing 240% since 2013, if you feel strongly about your ability to analyze data and make actionable recommendations this might be a perfect path for you.
Salesforce Designer is a very unique position as there are a few options within the career path available. It’s also worth mentioning that nearly half of all Salesforce positions require design skills, so it’s a good place to start!
There are two main directions to take in Salesforce Design: 1) Strategy Designer or 2) User Experience (UX) Designer. Strategy Designers mainly focus on framing design challenges and roadmap Salesforce solutions that create value. UX Designers optimize flows and interactions while focusing on creating a positive experience for users.
Each of these roles comes with its benefits, as well as specific learning trails and certifications that you can work towards. With a 280% job growth in the past 5 years and the fact that 48% of Salesforce roles require design skills, it is an amazing place to start your Salesforce career if you have any inclination towards the creative/design side of things.
Salesforce Developer is another very popular career path as the interest in (and need for) coding grows. The position of Salesforce Developer is for all of you who believe in automation and live for cracking the code on tricky problems.
Salesforce Developers are the kings and queens of coding and queries, as much of the work done in this position revolves around coding, implementing, and perfecting features within Salesforce that may be outside of the scope of the “clicks not code” framework.
With the rise in demand for Salesforce Developers growing 206% over the past five years, this is a great time to dig into the various coding trailheads and trails. With all the skills and platforms you’ll need to master to enter the field available in Trailhead, you can jumpstart your coding career!
Salesforce Consultant is another very interesting career path as there are a variety of options for you to choose from, you can pursue careers as a Functional or Technical Consultant or even set yourself up to become a Founder of your own company.
As a Technical Consultant, you’ll need an enhanced insight into Salesforce to create back-end solutions for clients existing Salesforce orgs. Functional Consultants lead the client through the entire Salesforce implementation lifecycle. Finally, as A Founder, you’ll launch your own Salesforce Consulting firm, helping clients achieve their business goals through the Salesforce ecosystem.
Salesforce Consultants are always in demand. With a YoY (year-over-year) increase in job demand of 250%, you’ll be sure to land on your feet by completing the trails and certificates for the previously mentioned career paths.
If you made it this far, I’m sure that at least one of these careers has caught your eye. If not, there are still lots of other opportunities listed on Trailhead in Marketing, Sales, and Service Careers. If you’ve already made a Trailhead account, what are you waiting for? Dive in and start learning about the career that you didn’t know you wanted!