Computers

Learning to Code Could Jump-Start Your Career

In a rapidly changing digital world, having tech skills is critical. That's why learning how to code comes with so many opportunities for career advancement — if you know how to tell a computer what you want it to do, you've got a leg up on everyone who doesn't. Think of learning to code like learning a new language: Once you can speak and understand it, you open up a world of possibilities.

Not the Snake, Python

Python is a high-level programming language that is often used in web and video game development. By having an understanding of Python, you'll possess programming skills that are in high demand. On the career site Indeed, there are more than 45,000 jobs that include Python skills in their list of employment requirements. With the increase in job opportunities comes an increase in pay, too: We're talking salaries ranging from $80,000 to $135,000 a year.

The best part? Python is known to be easier to learn than most programming languages. While others rely on complex syntax and curly brackets, Python was designed for readability, so it's simple and easy to understand. That makes it a perfect first programming language. And as long as humans rely on software, the need for programming skills will be there.

Ruby Scripters

Ever heard of Ruby on Rails? It's an open-source, server-side web framework that was written in the Ruby coding language. Both are described by their creator as being designed to "optimize for programmer happiness." If you haven't heard of it, you've definitely used an app that was built on it: Does Soundcloud, Shopify, Hulu, Square, Airbnb, or Basecamp sound familiar to you? Those are just some of the big-name applications that operate under Ruby on Rails.

PHP, meanwhile, is the programming language behind commonly used applications like Wordpress, Magento, Joomla, and Drupal. Lucky for you, you could learn both of these with the purchase of just one bundle! Like Ruby on Rails, it's also open-source and super easy for a beginner to grasp, but also powerful enough for a professional programmer to do virtually anything they might imagine.

You can learn Python, Ruby, and PHP with the Learn-to-Code bundle on the Curiosity Shop. This massive bundle not only includes complete lessons on those three languages, but also teaches you as other advanced coding topics like web development, MySQL database development, and cloud computing. Best of all? You get all 10 courses, including 960 lessons with more than 105 hours of material, for just $31 — that's 97% off the retail price. That's certainly a small price to pay for opening the door to countless career opportunities.

Written by Annie Hartman July 18, 2018

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