By: Joshua Qualls, Informatics Student at Indiana University
Today’s world is ruled by technology. From your morning toast to the traffic lights, you are constantly surrounded by ever changing technology. Here are 4 reasons why you should learn how to shape this future.
The tech industry is continuing to grow with thousands of programming and IT jobs being added every year, but there isn’t enough talent to fill this gap.
According to ComputerWorld.com and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT jobs will grow 22% through 2020. Among these jobs, some are expected to grow faster than others. For example, systems software development jobs are expected to grow 32%, which is much faster than the national average 15%. On the other hand, application software development jobs are expected to grow 28%, still much higher than the average.
This comes out to be about 700,300 more IT jobs by 2020, but there are only going to be 55,367 computer and information sciences graduates per year. This is a shortage of over 450,000 graduates.
It’s fast and easy to learn.
There are many different and affordable ways to learn how to program. There are self-learning, books, services such as Code Academy, to name a few. These will get you started on the basics.
If you want to take it to the next level, there are alternative education options like Eleven Fifty. These academies or boot camps teach students how to program at a highly accelerated rate in comparison to the traditional education. What it takes 4 years for a computer science major to learn, it takes students 2 – 3 months.
Eleven Fifty also offers a paid-apprenticeship to qualified applicants. This allows apprentices to get real world job experience and connections they would not have otherwise.
It is applicable in every industry.
Every industry utilizes technology. Even if you don’t want to be a computer programmer, having programming knowledge and skills can be very useful within your desired field.
As many aspects of our lives become digital, so do many aspects of our places of work. Having a strong understanding in technology can be beneficial for both a career in marketing as well as a career in research and data analytics.
It increases your value to an employer.
Not only will these skills make you a more interesting applicant and more effective employee, but it can make you more money.
What college kid doesn’t need a little extra money?
For example, according to an article by ITWorld.com, adding Python as a skill to your resume added $7,100 to annual salary, on average.
At the end of the day, learning programming is a HUGE benefit to any of those willing to put the time and effort to learn.