It’s estimated that by 2020, computer-related jobs will grow 22%. That’s about 1.4 million jobs in the computer sciences and they will call for a lot of software developers. Computer programmers have always been in demand, but we are just about to enter an era of the strongest demand yet. According to code.org, computer programming jobs are growing at two times the rate of the average US job. Yet, less than 2.4% of college students graduate with the right degrees for computer science. If the current trends keep up, only 30% of the United State’s computer science jobs will be filled.
Coding teaches us not only how to work with computers, but also problem solving, creativity, and communication skills. In order to support the growth of students who will go into computer science, countries all over the world are adding computer science courses to school curriculums for kids as early as elementary school. Starting in September of 2014, England will implement computer coding as a compulsory school subject at all grade levels. US representative Tony Cardenas has introduced a new bill that, if passed, will classify computer programming as a foreign language and allocate grants for schools in order to teach coding to students as early as kindergarten.
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