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
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
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
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
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.