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National Coding Week: Why You Should Leave Your Job To Become a Coder

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September 22, 2015

You scream. We scream. We all scream for coding! 

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Have you heard? It’s National Coding week, which means there’s no better time than now to enhance your digital skills. Aimed at inspiring future generations of coders to come, use the following resources to see whether the world wide web of coding speaks to your inner techie. 

 

Top In-Demand Web Development Skills

 

True, the IT industry is exploding with opportunity, but the trick is to know where to look. For web coders, the opportunity couldn't be greater. But, before redirecting your career down the binary path, you should understand the current economic state of employment for web developers.

To uncover what's driving demand for today's web coders, we turned to WantedAnalytics, a real-time aggregrator of in-demand job statistics. And, what we found wasn't too shabby.

 

Web Development Jobs in the U.S.

 

Current Job Openings: 312

Average Post Period: 47 days

Median Salary: $109,000 

Top 5 Job Titles: 

  1. Software Engineer
  2. Java Develop
  3. Web Develop
  4. Senior Software Engineer
  5. Php Developer

Top 5 IT Skills: 

  1. JavaScript
  2. Java
  3. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  4. Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
  5. Software Development

 

free resources for cODERS

OK, now that you know what to look for, it's time to get down to business. Like any true expert, you'll need to start by talking the talking. To build up your coding game, we turned to the TechRepublic for these free coding resources. Sign up and attend free classes to uncover your inner coding greatness.  

  1. Hour of Code
  2. Free Code Camp
  3. MIT OpenCourseWare
  4. Code School
  5. W3Schools
  6. edX
  7. Coursera
  8. Khan Academy
  9. Bento
  10. Codecademy


WhY YOU SHOULD LEARN TO CODE


And, because it wouldn't be responsible of us to give you job advice of this magnitude without providing you some visibility into your future, we included this Infographic from Business 2 Community (B2B).

To summarize, coding seems like a great option for people who might be bored with their current profession, but aren't interested in re-entering a university or expensive certification program. And, considering the fact that we are in the thick of the digital age, picking up the skill of coding isn't the worst backup plan to have in place. 

So, the next time you are sitting at work cursing your existence in the workforce, consider that it might be time to go from a project manager to full-fledged programmer. Either way, we hope you've gained a new appreciation for these warriors of web. 

 

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This blog was written by Alexandra Calukovic-Deck, aka the Marketing Guru, a data-driven marketer. Growing up in the traditional marketing era, this Inbound Marketer has experienced first-hand the shift to a more digital world. Versed in email, social and content marketing, Alexandra Calukovic-Deck drives the strategy behind Yoh's international sales and marketing divisions. Claims to fame include the longest possible last name ever, certifications in Strategic & Inbound Marketing practices, and lover of all things Philadelphia (especially the Philly food scene. 

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