The Seems Too-Good-To-Be-True Career


Celebrating businesswoman jumpingIf you saw an ad for a job that was in high demand, offered great salary, and no degree required, would you think it was a scam? I would question it; however, there is a profession that fits all these criteria. Computer programming.

Demand-Companies are desperate for programmers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be one million unfilled programming jobs by 2020. Currently there is more demand than supply of people who can program which makes the profession very appealing

Salary potential-The U.S. Department of Labor/Employment & Training Administration report that the median wage for programmers in 2013 was $76,140. US News and World Report found the best-paid 10 percent in the field made approximately $117,890, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $42,850.

Education Requirements– Isn’t a programming degree required? Not necessarily. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, ( 14% of the members of some teams at Google don’t have a degree, and 67% of programming jobs are in non-tech companies where other experience is more likely to be valued.

Coding Schools- Coding schools are opening to offer students intensive training in a short amount of time. A school in Seattle, Code Fellows, offers 4 week classes for novice developers and intensive 8 week classes for the more experienced. The school is so confident that its graduates will have jobs, they guarantee a job within 9 months paying at least $60,000 or the tuition is reimbursed. Some schools offer free programming classes online. New York based Codecademy offers students classes in areas such as HTML, JavaScript, and Python. Code School is another online option. It uses gaming mechanics to make learning more like playing a game. The cost is only $29.00 a month. Treehouse, another school, offers online courses for $25.00 a month and more workshops and interviews from industry professionals at $49.00 a month.

Options for career changers- Coding may be something that you have never considered, but it is worth thinking over. The barrier to entry is relatively low. The Wall Street Journal is now calling programming a trade- something that a person can develop at least a basic proficiency within weeks or months. It may sounds too good to be true, but the reality is programming is a career with a bright future.

Stacy Harshman, founder of Your Fulfilling Life, brings her experience as a recruiter for a Fortune 500 corporation to her work as a career coach. In addition to helping people discover their passions, she also provides clients with insight into the mind of a recruiter, unlocking the secrets of what employers look for in potential employees. Stacy offers individual and group coaching in person and by phone to those seeking positive change in their professional lives.
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