In today’s economy, people with coding skills are highly sought after in a burgeoning tech industry. That’s why introducing your child to coding is a crucial investment in their future. Coding is a skill of the 21st century and has become essential like writing and math. We’ve outlined the top 3 reasons that learning to code will help your child excel in the future.
The tech industry is in constant need of workers, and software engineers are not the only kind — graphic designers, computer engineers, linguists, and mathematicians are some of the other types of workers needed. Tech jobs are plentiful and lucrative. For example, graphic designers, whose skills can range from artistic ability to web design, make an average of $51,640 a year. While linguists can come from a wide range of concentrations, being a computational linguist can earn you about $91,307 a year. And computer hardware engineers can easily make an average annual salary of $111,730.
Like a foreign language, coding skills are best learned early. Once kids are fluent in the type of thinking required to break down and solve a coding problem, the transition to any coding language is relatively straightforward.
One of the biggest obstacles to succeeding in high school or college-level computer science classes is the lack of confidence in tackling difficult and unfamiliar material. Earlier exposure is the best solution – being introduced to coding at an early age makes it easier to learn the more technical aspects of computer science. In fact, a study by Google and Gallup shows that early exposure is one of the most important ways we can shrink the gender gap in STEM. Early exposure and success boosts confidence in kids, especially young girls, while they’re still interested in technology.
Even if your child wants to do something outside of computer science when they grow up, their coding skills will be useful in other jobs. Coding teaches problem solving, organization, math, storytelling, design, and collaboration. Coding comes in handy for different aspects of life and allows kids to express themselves creatively.
To get your child interested, show them what they can create with code. Coding allows kids to do anything from writing stories and building video games to making Minecraft mods and designing animations. And, of course, it’s fun! Click here to view our upcoming events.
STEM education gives children a new perspective on every piece of technology they interact with. The ability to code transforms kids from passive consumers to innovative creators.