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skills you need in 21st centuryOut of all the skills students need in 21st century, none will as frequently requested by businesses as coding. Coding is something that’s used in several industries and will always be in demand.

There are two ways students can make themselves more competitive with coding. The first is to study computer science and learn the practice inside and out. There are tons of jobs available for coders both in the private and public workplaces.

The other route a student can take is to learn coding as a supplement to his or her degree. A business administration major who knows how to code is much more attractive to firms than the average student.

Either way, the skill will be useful in the job market. Demand for coding is expected to grow in the upcoming years. This recent Readwrite article talks about the current and future job markets for coding:

“The number of coding jobs is only expected to increase over time. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 913,000 computer programmer jobs in 2010. That number is expected to jump 30% from 2010 to 2020. Meanwhile, the average growth of all other U.S. jobs is predicted to be just 14%.”

An important aspect of coding is that it’s versatile. Whether you’re designing a web page, creating an economic model, or making a new app, you’ll either need to code or hire someone who can.

A common misconception concerning coding is that it’s too difficult to learn. While there are multiple coding languages, experience shows that the first language is by far the hardest to learn. After you already know one, you’ll be able to learn the others relatively quickly.

It’s difficult to compare coding to a similar skill during other time periods. There’s already a strong demand for coding, and that’s only expected to grow in the upcoming years.

To talk more about skills you need in the 21st century, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks.


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