In today’s economy, we are in urgent need of people with coding skills to meet the demands of a burgeoning tech industry that isn’t going to be shrinking anytime soon. That’s why introducing your child to coding is a crucial investment in their future. Coding is a skill of the 21st century – with today’s rapid technological advancement, it has quickly become as necessary a skill as writing and math and is important for a wide range of professions. We’ve outlined the top 3 reasons that learning to code will help your child excel in the future.
The tech industry is in constant need of workers, and it’s not just coders or computer science majors — they need graphic designers, software developers, computer engineers, linguists, mathematicians, and more. Tech jobs are not only plentiful, but they’re also lucrative. For example, graphic designers, whose skills can range from artistic ability to web design, make an average of $51,640 a year. While linguists can come from a wide range of concentrations, being a computational linguist can earn you about $91,307 a year. And computer hardware engineers can easily make an average annual salary of $111,730.
Like a foreign language, coding skills are best learned early. Once kids are fluent in the type of thinking required to break down and solve a coding problem, the transition to any coding language is relatively straightforward.
One of the biggest obstacles to succeeding in high school or college-level computer science classes is lack of confidence in tackling the difficult, unfamiliar material. Earlier exposure is the best solution – being introduced to coding at an early age makes it easier to learn the more technical aspects of computer science in high school and college. In fact, a study by Google and Gallup shows that early exposure is one of the most important ways we can shrink the gender gap in STEM, as it boosts confidence in kids, especially young girls, while they’re still interested in technology.
Even if your child wants to do something outside of computer science when they grow up, their coding skills will prove useful across fields. Coding teaches problem solving, organization, math, storytelling, designing, and more! The beauty of coding is that it comes in handy for different aspects of life and allows kids to express themselves creatively.
To get your child interested, show them what they can create with code. Coding allows kids to do anything from writing stories and building video games to making Minecraft mods and designing animations. And, of course, it’s fun! Click here to register your child for one of our tech workshops.
Most importantly, the ability to code transforms kids from passive consumers into innovative creators, with eyes that see every piece of technology as more than just a toy but as a problem to solve and an opportunity to create.