Securing a Future with Codingby Ben Ehrlich. Posted on Sep 01, 2020
The internet is the fundamental structure that supports today’s technologically advanced society. It has changed the way we share information and deliver our products to consumers. It is the backbone from which companies and businesses are built and/or kept alive. Some of today’s most powerful, influential and wealthy business are completely dependent on the internet such as Google, Youtube, Amazon, Ebay, and a wide variety of other sites that you hear about as often as you might hear about school, the gym or the grocery store.
And everywhere you turn, you’ll find employers needing the knowledgeable people who are able to create, upkeep and build up these structures from which they support their business: websites, programs, etc.
Just a quick Google Search on the internet right now will get you countless reasons why coding is a necessary business skill of the future and why you should learn coding languages.
To start you off, here are 3 huge reasons why you can secure a future with coding knowledge…
1. Understanding the world with your digital literacy.
By learning to code, you learn to better understand the world around you. Every time you go on your phone or your computer or play a video game, you will learn to appreciate the complexities and the value of coding. Being digitally literate means being able to successfully manage information using technology and this comes easily with the knowledge of computer coding. Having digital literacy means being able to improve your performance online and explore the usage of so many more programs, tools and applications than the average person. By doing this, you will open yourself up more to the possibility of continuously exploring and improving your digital literacy. You will be able to more easily expose yourself to new technology, be more eager to experiment with it and more gracefully adapt into the changing world around you.
2. Coding has become one of the most important job skills of the future.
Many of the fastest growing careers in the United States require an extensive amount of coding knowledge and education in computer science. Programming jobs are growing fastest in the world. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Computer and Information Research Scientists, Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Hardware Engineers, Database Administrators, Information Security Analysts and Web Developers have a current job outlook from 2016-26 that is growing at a rate much faster than the average.
And coding skills are not just for programmers and engineers! Coding skills are also highly valuable for Information Technology Workers, Data Analysts, Artists, Designers and Scientists. You can take this kind of knowledge almost anywhere you want to go.
3. There is still a huge demand.
Learning to code means grabbing a competitive advantage in the job industry. As soon as you put coding languages into your resume skills, you’ll become highly desirable in the eyes of potential employers. Technology moves incredibly fast which is a reason why there is a shortage of workers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). 71% of all new jobs in STEM fields involve computing but only 8% of STEM graduates go into computer science. Harvard University researchers David J. Deming and Kadeem L. Noray have published their findings in the National Bureau of Economic Research that found students studying fields in engineering and computer science earn higher wages as soon as they leave college. Even if students aren’t interested in going into fields of computer science and engineering, computer coding is incredibly useful knowledge being taken to many other fields. Half of all programming openings are in industries outside of technology such as health care, finance and manufacturing!