Jobs that require coding are in demand now and will be stronger than ever in 2019. The supply of jobs currently outstrips the number of qualified software engineers in most parts of the country. Now more than ever there are amazing opportunities waiting for you.
Today traditional Computer Science programs cannot produce enough graduates to fill roles in Tech. People that learn to code on their own often take much longer to be prepared and enter the marketplace. Even with coding bootcamps and vocational programs, there is still not enough supply for the demand. Employment of software developers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Software developers will be needed to respond to an increased demand for computer software according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Software Developers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm.
There are a lot of opportunities in broad categories like e-commerce:
According to Elka Torpey, “Employment growth and wages in e-commerce,” Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2018.
Why are there so many of these roles? It’s not that robots are taking over the world. Instead, more and more problems that businesses need to solve will be done with software. Did you know a modern car has hundreds of small computers in it? Most people have more software running on their phone then was used to send humans to the moon. , think about how much technological progress you have seen in the last ten years. What do you think the next ten years has in store for us?
Emerging technologies are moving very fast. Blockchain, cryptocurrency, machine learning, bioinformatics, and big data, are terms I am sure you have heard. But what does it all mean? It means Jobs. The jobs of the future are in Tech. When choosing a new career, you want things like growth.
Here are a few more reasons why you may want start a new career in tech:
1) Knowledge is power. Learning to code is a great skill that also helps you think critically, problem solve, and collaborate well. These are all skills that make you a better employee and therefore more employable.
2) You can catch up quick. You can catch up to professionals already in the field in a short period because the technology changes so fast. It is easier for people that are entering the marketplace a little later to learn relevant skills and be able to climb the ranks. There is minimal distinction once you get 4-5 years into the job. There are not that many roles that require years of specialized knowledge that you can’t learn over time. Anyone can start now, work hard, and be successful.
3) A lifestyle change. Do you want to travel or work in an open office? Perhaps it’s the perks? One of the last companies I worked as a Senior Software Engineer had dogs in the office, free breakfast and lunch every day, and unlimited PTO. They offered a bunch more benefits as well. That’s not really why I was there, but trust me, it doesn’t hurt.
4) Finding what you love. For me finding out what technology I love and working every day to get better is fantastic. Working in tech is fun. Every day I am challenged to solve new and unique challenges. Software careers require constant learning and improving one’s many people find that pursuit very rewarding.
So by now, you may be wondering what specific types of jobs, how many there are in your area, and what does it take to get into tech. Well, you are in luck. This week I am hosting a webinar about careers in tech, with a focus on the San Diego job market. Please join if you are interested in in-depth information about the job market for Tech in San Diego.