So your child has been to our Jam Coding Workshops and now they love all things coding!

Well then, do we have some great news for you, because the future job market for coders and programmers is very attractive indeed.

In fact, half of all the digital businesses based in the UK have been so frustrated by the difficulty of recruiting skilled programmers, that they decided to launch their own Institute of Coding. Not to mention that “programming jobs overall are growing 12% faster than the market average”.

But why are coders in such high demand?

THE TECHNOLOGY BOOM We live in a digital world. Our lives today are dictated by the gadgets we use, both at work and for personal use. It is therefore not difficult to see why the field of coding and programming is growing. We simply need more programmers and coders to keep making new tech- to make our devices better and faster!

This is not just pertaining to consumers buying nifty wearable technology or gaming software. It is much more expansive than that. For instance, an increasing amount of businesses are dependent on computer code. Whether they need a nice looking website, an online shop, or a large scale database system, coders are the ones who make this possible.

WHAT DOES A CAREER IN CODING LOOK LIKE?

When you first hear the term “coding”, I imagine you picture a job for “IT geeks” that involves the constant keyboard typing of numbers, letters, and brackets into lines of what appears to be never-ending nonsense. If this is your association then I can tell you that you are plain wrong.

In a report by the job market analytics firm Burning Glass, it was revealed that 50% of all programming related jobs are not in the technology industry. Rather, the sectors most associated with coding careers are the Finance, Manufacturing and Health Care sectors.

Why is this?

A career in coding is above all things about critical thinking and problem-solving and these are skills that can lead to a diverse range of career paths. A consequence of this is that coding is now recognised as a core skill contributing to increased chances of a candidate achieving a high salary.

“Jobs requiring coding skills pay $22,000 per year more than jobs that don’t” – Burning Glass Report, 2019
($22,000= £17,500)

The most common areas that people with these skills find themselves are listed below.

Coding skills across five major job categories:

  • Information Technology (IT) worker
  • Data Analysts
  • Artists and designers
  • Engineers
  • Scientists

Though we have established that a career in coding can take many shapes, here a few careers that your young technology enthusiast may be interested in pursuing…

Software Developer 

  • In control of the complete development process for a software program
  • Analyse the needs of users’ to design, test, and develop the necessary software.
  • Design all pieces of an application or system and figure out how the pieces will work in conjunction with one another

Mobile App Developer

Web Developer

  • Responsible for the coding, design and layout of a website according to a company’s specifications.
  • The role involves the consideration of user experience and function, and potentially some graphic design.
  • A web developer will also assist with website maintenance and upkeep.

Our Jam Coding Workshops are designed to provide kids with the skills that will help them pursue their dreams because regardless of if they wish to pursue coding as a career, every kid deserves the chance to unlock their innate, unlimited capacity to learn. For more information about our Primary School computing workshops: Call us on 01254 480470. Or drop us an email at info@jamcoding

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