More than ever, companies need coders. And while tech firms do the bulk of the hiring, the demand for programmers spans industries and only seems to be growing. From writing basic HTML to building complex logic into mobile applications, the ability to smartly craft lines of code continues to be one of the most in-demand — and often, well-paying — skill sets one can have.
In today's world computer technology seems ever-present; it surrounds us on a daily basis. Jobs of the future will most likely involve an element of computing and possessing a good understanding of a range of computing skills is increasingly important. Consequently, IT skills are just as important if not more relevant than the language and math abilities developed at school. Programming is complex to learn but definitely worth it.
Key skills such as problem solving can be learned through programming; it involves an ‘exact’ way of thinking. Firstly, a solution to the problem must be reached before the programmer can begin to communicate with a computer. Programs are a set of instructions that a computer must follow to perform a task. Despite being able to process instructions quickly, computers are very stupid. You need to detail everything they must do in order for them to be any use to us at all! To learn how to program, the student must achieve an understanding of the instructions, the data and syntax (rules that decide how a program can be constructed) that are part of programming. These skills can be easily applied by anyone in a leadership position.