The digital economy has been growing at an unprecedented rate. According to Oxford Economics, the digital economy is worth $11.5 trillion globally, equivalent to 15.5 percent of global GDP and that has grown two and a half times faster than global GDP over the past 15 years, almost doubling in size since the year 2000.
Africa is also catching up with the trend. In 2021, African startups raised $4 billion in funding with Nigeria getting the largest chunk of it in the sum of it $1.37 billion (The giant of Africa flexing some muscle!). These figures are expected to be greater in the coming years as the African Tech sector picks up momentum.
Consequently, with the massive growth of the digital economy comes huge interest and demand in professionals with tech skills; come in the Tech bro.
A “Tech bro” has many definitions. Yourdictionary.com defines tech bros as “A hypermasculine man employed in the tech industry and stereotypically located in Silicon Valley”. PC Mag defines the term as “A slang for the technical community. It sometimes refers to the newly minted millionaires and billionaires after the launch of a high-tech IPO”. For the purpose of this aritcle, we’ll use Nairametrics definition as a lingo used to describe a guy (or lady) working in the tech space. This person could be a founder of a tech startup or a developer working for one and everything in between.
These tech bros come with different skills and titles, ranging from Software developers, UI/UX designers, data analysts and scientists, product managers, and even technical writers. With the emergence of new technologies, new jobs are constantly being created in the sector. In fact, experts predict Nigeria’s digital sector could add $88 billion and 3 million jobs to the economy by 2027.
What all of this information suggests is that the tech sector is presenting many opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment. And I am here to present you with a few reasons why you should probably hop on the bandwagon.
So, if you’re looking for a new and exciting job, with a good pay and a cool title, you wouldn't want to look too far past becoming a Tech Bro.