Most of us would like to develop basic skills such as effective communication, problem-solving, and analytical thinking. But what about coding?
Coding has, for a long time, been a fairly advanced and somewhat inaccessible skill that has been seemingly reserved for bright minds in computer science or engineering. Now, however, coding is accessible to just about anyone, and often at low or no cost!
This is making it a much more common skill, however, and is causing it to inch up on the list of necessary skills for anyone in any field.
Here are a few main reasons you should seriously count coding as a necessary skill in 2019!
No Longer a New or Rare Skill
When technology was still pushing its way into all corners of society, coding was something viewed as a fairly new and even rare skill.
The spark of computer science as an integral part of any industry is still a fairly recent concept in the grand scheme of things, so most adults still remember a time before cell phones, websites or even personal computers were commonplace.
In 2019, though, we are now looking at multiple decades of progress in this area. Computer science is no longer a brand new concept, and accessibility to learning this skill has never been easier.
Students are learning how to code as early as elementary school in many instances, now, making it clear that this is no longer a skill reserved for people with specific experience or skill sets.
If thinking that coding is an elite and reserved skill was a reason you’ve hesitated to look into learning, this is your sign to leave that insecurity behind for good!
Heightened Job Prospects and Security
If it’s unclear how coding will really help your professional life, especially if you are someone who is not involved with the tech industry, simply look at the statistics.
By 2020, it is estimated that there will be a full million job positions open in the U.S. tech industry, paving way for a whole new wave of engineers. Additionally, the median pay for software engineers in 2017 was over $100,000.
Even if this isn’t an industry that you feel you fit into, coding is becoming an integral part of a wide range of fields like education, medicine, law, business and more.
David Dodge, CEO of Codakid, particularly emphasizes the benefits of coding to a successful and profitable career:
“Coding is a surefire way to find job security since there is so much that you can do with the skill. Virtually every industry at this point in time values and utilizes coding abilities, and STEM fields in particular have a huge emphasis on computer science positions. There is ultimately so much to gain from learning how to code and pretty much nothing to lose, so I always urge people to at the very least give it a shot!”
Proves Both Grit and Versatility
It can often seem impossible to find resume-builders that show both dedication and versatility simultaneously. When people think of grit, they typically think of a person who has focused on something for an extended period of time to the point of mastery.
When they think of versatility, however, they typically think of someone with a number of talents, but not necessarily particular focus. Coding is something that can help strengthen both traits in an individual while also making for great evidence of these characteristics on a resume.
Since coding projects take a great deal of dedication, discipline and focus to complete, it would be impossible to successfully tackle a project without the determination to see it through and remain organized.
Additionally, however, the amount of diverse ways that coding can be applied shows a great deal of creativity and versatility as well. Not to mention all of the additional traits and talents (problem-solving, communication and more) that tend to come along with it!
Coding should no longer be viewed as a skill reserved for professional computer science experts. Now, it’s a skill that virtually everyone could benefit from learning.
As a skill, coding is no longer new or uncommon, is an excellent addition to anyone’s resume and helps to show you as an individual who is both well-rounded and dedicated.
No matter who you are or what profession you take pride in, coding is a skill to consider taking up in 2019. After all, despite all of its practical uses, coding is also incredibly fun, so there’s really nothing to lose and everything to gain!