So, You Want a Job?
The future is coding. You must code to have a future. So say the talking heads, columnists, advertisers, and futurist pundits.
Well, probably not.
The U.S. Department of Labor keeps a list of “Bright Outlook Occupations” (this is an informative site that should be bookmarked by any job seeker). These jobs are “expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.” Here is a link to a list of occupations that are predicted to have significant employment growth of 14 percent or more through 2024.
Not surprisingly, work in the health and medical field shows up frequently, which probably reflects the ever-growing needs of the aging Baby Boom population. White-collar jobs (actuaries, statisticians, etc.) came in second, while blue-collar occupations (electricians, millwrights, etc.) ranked third.
Tucked away in the white-collar job statistics are a handful of positions that require coding as a primary skill. This doesn’t mean that applicants for the non-IT positions wouldn’t benefit from exposure to or awareness of coding. Basic knowledge of web development and rudimentary programming skills are becoming common in job postings. But that level of expertise doesn’t require a computer science degree or enrollment in a coding boot camp.
The take-away? Discover what you love and are good at, and do it to the best of your ability. Keep your eye on how technology will impact your field and then seek the training you need to keep pace.
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National Center for O*NET Development. Rapid Growth Bright Outlook Occupations. O*NET OnLine. Retrieved October 27, 2017, from https://www.onetonline.org/find/bright?b=1&g=Go