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5 jobs that are easier to land if you know how to code

Learning to code opens up a multitude of opportunities

Updated on: 30th December 2019

Whether you’re looking to enter a new role or upskill in a current one,  learning to code can be the skill you need to reach new heights in a career. 

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Enter a sustainable industry

The tech industry is continuing to grow rapidly, with no signs of stopping. Being able to code brings you into an innovative and sustainable job market. 

A report by Burning Glass Technologies for the UK government found that by entering a role that requires specific digital skills, workers can reduce their risk of automation by a dramatic 59%. 

It is a skill that allows for continued growth with a range of pathways to succeed in. Professionals in a coding role will experience job security and an extremely low unemployment rate.

Career pathways

Once you’ve made the decision to learn to code, you should start putting together a clear career plan. It’s important to do some research and discover what roles appeal to you and your lifestyle. From junior developer to finance analyst, find out a little bit more about the following careers and how coding will help you get there.

Junior Developer

Becoming a junior developer is the most common starting point for someone who has just learned to code. With a generous starting salary, this entry level position will involve assisting an organisations development team on projects and encourages you to continue to learn on the job. 

This role will open up further coding career pathways depending on your specialisms; such as a python developer, software application developer or similar.

UX designer

The role of a UX (user experience) designer is to carry out an in-depth analysis of the way individuals interact with products and applying a strategy based on these results. A UX designer will be responsible for handing over a wireframe to the developers.

Although code is not essential to becoming a UX designer, it is a great way to break into the competitive sector. Having a portfolio you have built yourself will make you stand out above non-coding candidates. It can also support your ability to communicate effectively with any developers, you understand how their role works and can adjust aspects of your strategy to reflect that. 

If being freelance is your end goal, being able to code will help you stand out above competitors and allow you to take on a wider variety of projects for your clients.

Data scientist

Are you curious, mathematical and analytical by nature? A career as a data scientist would fit your skill set perfectly.

As a data scientist you’ll be in charge of the ‘big data’, of delving into Google Analytics to identify algorithms and trends. 

Being in demand for your number crunching abilities is a great basis but an understanding of the fundamentals of coding – including Java, HTML, CSS, Python, C++ – would not only let you look beyond analytics platforms by better understanding how your data is collated. It will give you the means to turn that information into dynamic and understandable visualisations.

Finance Analyst

In the developing world, it’s no secret that having employees with coding experience, can lead to cutting down costs on expensive developers. The banking industry is no different and is increasingly asking for professionals with coding experience in their job vacancy applications.  According to efinancial careers If you can’t code and you work in finance you risk being pushed out by those who can. 

As a finance analyst you’ll spend your time gathering relevant data to improve financial strategies and developing your industry network. A stand out coding language in the finance sector is python but there is a rising demand for other languages that will only continue to grow as the technology develops.

Product Manager

It is a highly debated topic, whether it is essential for a product manager to know how to code or not. This means, if you can code you are going to have an edge against other job applicants.

Understanding how products are put together is going to give you a powerful insight to help you manage your team efficiently. 

One of the core competencies of a product manager is translating business-to-technical requirements, and vice versa. Learning to code going to make this process far easier for both parties. 

Your career success with Learning People

Consider your career goals and how learning to code could help get you there. Our full stack web developer course is specifically catered towards getting our students career-ready. It is university credit rated, making it the only credit rated coding bootcamp in Europe. It teaches you all aspects of coding needed, as determined by industry experts.

In addition to offering career-ready education, we go one step further by offering a dedicated Career Services. This includes an expert consultant delivering unique industry insights into your application process and a bespoke CV and cover letter review to suit your career goals. 

Get in touch to find out more about how learning to code will boost your career.