Computer and programming jobs have grown exponentially in the 21st century with computers, websites, and social media becoming more and more integral to our work and our personal lives. With this growth has come a huge variety of challenges for the job market. First, remote working has become more and more accessible.
This is not just for these types of jobs, but also for what were traditional office jobs. Even professions that would thought would continue as before, such as being a doctor, as becoming more technological, with apps and video calling saving practices time and speeding up appointment times.
Secondly, our work stations are changing. Similarly to remote working, our working platforms have changed, with CMSs, internet meeting rooms and phones becoming integral to us communicating with our colleagues all over the world.
Finally, our learning platforms have changed. Particularly with our colleagues, trainers and learners being all over the world, our learning has had to move online to deal with these new challenges.
The demand for software developers is increasing
Since 2010, jobs in the computing sector have grown much faster than average with the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the US estimating that IT jobs will grow by 22% by 2020. According to Computer World, demand for software developers will be the strongest in this period, with increases ranging from 28% to 32%, depending on the type of software development.
There have been a number of reports stating that the demand for computer programmers is diminishing, but Lydia Dishman of Fast Company argues that coding is still the most in demand job across a variety of industries. She states that ‘The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment specifically for computer programmers will decline 8% to 302,200 positions over the next decade as businesses outsource projects to less expensive contract workers overseas. However, a new report from Burning Glass, a job market analytics firm, found that there were as many as 7 million job openings in 2015 in occupations that required coding skills. They also found that programming jobs overall are growing 12% faster than the market average.
The higher education and university systems across the Western World are not developing to this change in the job market. According to The Higher Education World University rankings, The top three institutions for coding are in Russia, China and Vietnam, while the top US university – the University of California, Berkeley – comes in fourth.The top 10 universities cover Canada, Russia, Ukraine, India, Sweden, Vietnam, China and the United States. India is the best represented country in the ranking, with 22 individual institutions recognised for producing world-leading coders – making up almost half of the ranking. The US has only eight colleges in the ranking.
Learning how to code may be crucial
Learning how to code, even if you have no experience before, may be a crucial may to both future proof your work and help your professional development. It looks to be the job of the future, and even simple PHP skills will help you if you write online, for example. Employees will want to see this diversification of skills as computer technications can be costly and inefficient at times, so now is the best time to make sure that you have these skills on your CV and ready in your locker.
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