Why You Should Consider a Salesforce Career

Toya Gatewood at Dreamforce 2016

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The following is a guest post by Mary Scotton, Principal Developer Evangelist, Salesforce

What do Soundcloud, Verizon, Zero Motorcycles, American Express, and the Girl Scouts have in common? They all run their businesses with Salesforce applications and they all need Salesforce Developers. Thanks to amazing customers like these, job growth for Salesforce Developers has tripled since 2012*. Also, Indeed ranked Salesforce Developer in their top 10 best jobs of 2017, and Salesforce Developers make $100,000+/yr on average. Best of all, learning Salesforce is free and fun with Trailhead.

All those facts and figures are compelling, but what sets the Salesforce Platform apart is the welcoming, inclusive, fun community. Spending time online and in-person with Salesforce professionals is the best part of my job!

Toya Gatewood at Dreamforce 2016

Toya Gatewood at Dreamforce 2016

Some folks learned Salesforce by “accident” because their company needed them to (like Toya Gatewood). Others, with and without computer science degrees, learned Salesforce to dive deeper into their current position (like Carolina Ruiz) or skill up for their dream job (like Zac Otero).

You’ll find Salesforce professionals on the Success Community, the Developer Forums, and Twitter. We meet at Developer and User Group meetups, Salesforce World Tours, TrailheaDX, Dreamforce, and more than a dozen community-led Salesforce conferences (check out #SEDreamin).

Today, Black technologists are underrepresented in the Salesforce community. As a company, we are working toward equality for all and there is still a lot of work to do. I love Toya Gatewood’s BIT recap of her Dreamforce 2015 experience because two of her favorite memories–the Salesforce Women’s Network panel and the Blacks in Tech: DevZone Welcome Meetup–were events to support equality and encourage personal connections, which are so important to career success. She also landed her dream job shortly after that conference!

At Salesforce we believe everyone can be a trailblazer.

Interested in joining us?

Follow these Salesforce community leaders on Twitter:

Learn Salesforce skills hands-on with Trailhead:

  • Already coding? Start with the Developer Beginner trail.
  • Interested in solving business problems with point & click customizations? Start with the  Admin Beginner trail.

Learn more about Salesforce careers with the Salesforce Developer eBook.

*Burning Glass Technologies report

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