COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, A NEW ROMANCE LANGUAGE?

 

Computer Programming, A New Romance Language?

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By Oleg Biletsky, August 10th, 2017

          

        Computer programming is the dialect of the 21st century. iPhones, Smart TVs, Netflix show recommendations and suggested item algorithms are all the outcome of programming languages. Despite the obvious advancements, less than 1% of the world’s population knows how to program.  Most non-programmers might not even know someone who can program, and yet we see the applications of coding underpinning our daily lives.

        Dependence on technology is increasing and it creates demand for individuals who can communicate with, and instruct computer systems to perform in a certain way.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developer jobs are projected to grow 17% from 2014 to 2024. Reported data from job market analytics firm Burning Glass stated that over half of the 26 million U.S. job openings in 2015 that were in the top income quartile ($57,000 or more per year) were in occupations that commonly required candidates with coding skills. Non-profit code.org, an organization dedicated to providing every student in every school the opportunity to learn computer science notes 519,698 open computing jobs in the U.S., and yet, there are still 15 states that do not even allow for certain computer science courses to count toward high school graduation requirements. With the increasing influence of machines and computers, we may need to rethink how we approach programming and its integration with academic curriculum. Currently, schools leave many students unprepared for the work force as the higher paying jobs many of them seek require a skill that is not a mandatory part of their education. Schools need to start thinking of programming as any other foreign language: a study that is not only crucial to individual jobs that depend on it, but a communication tool that is relevant across many job sectors and parts of everyday life.

 

Let’s just say it, coding is just really cool. Food for thought.     

 
Alex Gannes