Give your kid a jumpstart on her career by getting her into coding early. According to a February 2013 National Public Radio story, “It’s expected that more than a million software and programming jobs will open up in the United States between now and 2020. But country’s educational system is not on track to train enough people to fill those jobs.” The team at DevelopIntelligence shares more about kids getting into coding at an early age.
The story goes on to note that college students in the United States are not graduating with nearly as many computer science degrees as they used to. In fact, the number leaving college with a computer science degree has declined by about 30 percent since 2004.
What’s puzzling is that computer science jobs have salaries that are among the best in the nation. According to the NPR story, “[i]f you add up all those jobs, it adds up to about $500 billion worth of salaries and economic value for our country.”
Coding is not just used in the high-tech industry. Say your child has a gift for coding but a burning desire to help find the cure for cancer. Perhaps his coding skills can help create a program that can do just that in the future. Coders can work in dozens of different industries, making it easier for them to find jobs with a wide variety of companies and organizations.
In an August 2014 blog post on WSJ.com, Christopher Mims noted that all K-12 students in Great Britain will be required to take classes in computer programming, starting at the age of 5 and continuing until at least 16. In the U.S., fewer than 20 states see computer science as an actual science. Other states see it just as an elective.
The earlier students learn to code, the easier it will be for them to succeed in the job marketplace as an adult. As children become adults, those who code make the U.S. more competitive and innovative. Coding is beneficial both for individuals and for the country as a whole.
Find a coding class near you for your child, whether it’s at a school, through a nonprofit, with a tutor, online at CodeAcademy, or in a similar online learning platform that teaches children to love to code and to explore its possibilities.
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