Five Careers Where Coding Skills Will Help Your Kids Get Ahead

October 12, 2018 11:40 AM
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Coding skills aren’t limited to roles in computer technology, despite common assumptions. In fact, 67% of programming jobs are in industries outside of technology. Burning Glass has done a bunch of research into the industries that require coding, so we thought we’d share it.

1. Arts and Design

Designers use digital tools to create websites and design the physical products we buy. The roles include graphic designers, web designers, and UI/UX designers (also a good example of a “hybrid job” that combines different skill sets, in this case programming, design, and human factors engineering). Coding skills required: Design Software (Photoshop, AutoCAD); Web Development (Javascript, HTML5) Average advertised salary: $78,000

2. Data Analysis

Big data is transforming the business world, and it has reshaped the expectations for roles like business analysts, financial analysts, and data analysts. Data Analysts use computer programming to analyze data and solve problems in business and finance. Common coding tasks include estimating how much money a company will earn or determining how many of a particular item a store should put on the shelves. Coding skills required: Data Management (Excel including Visual Basic and Macros); Database & Business Intelligence (SQL, Oracle); Data Science (Hadoop, NoSQL Data, SAS, R) Average advertised salary: $79,000

3. Engineering

Engineers, including mechanical engineers, civil engineers, and engineering technicians, use programming to design and test new products and conduct research on how to solve practical technology problems. Coding skills required: Engineering Design (Computer Aided Design); Computer Aided Manufacturing (Programmable Logic Controllers, Computer Numerical Control machines) ; General Programming Languages (C++, Java) Average advertised salary: $74,000

4. Science

Scientists use computer programming to analyze the results of their experiments and create simulations of real world events. The specific roles would include chemists, environmental scientists, and medical researchers. Coding skills required: Statistical Software (SAS, R); Mathematical Computing (Python, C++) Average advertised salary: $61,000

5. Information Technology

It’s no surprise that this field would value coding skills, but it may be a surprise that this is so widespread beyond the tech industry. Half of all programming openings are in Finance, Manufacturing, Health Care, and other sectors outside of the technology industry. Computer programmers and IT professionals write software which can be used to create websites, build computer networks, help doctors treat patients, or even drive a car. Coding skills required: General Programming Languages (Java, C++); Database and Business Intelligence (SQL, Oracle); Web Development (Javascript); Data Science (Hadoop, NoSQL, R) Average advertised salary: $90,000

Let’s not forget teachers in primary, secondary and higher education positions. Computer technology is becoming more embedded in our curriculums, which means that teachers need the skills to actually teach it well to our kids! It’s also important to note that 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet.

So while a number of industries need coding skills right now, we can only assume the need for coding skills in the future will be even greater.

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