Yet, some grownups don't believe their kids need to learn how to code unless they're going to be coders when they grow up.
We've talked before about how coding isn't just for computer scientists. Here we'll break down 8 non-coding professions that benefit from a coding background.
When you're coding, you're creating a program. A program is a set of instructions that tells a computer what to do. So, coding is just writing instructions.
If you can effectively explain steps to a computer, you'll gain valuable communication skills, making you a great writer.
Plus, code doesn't allow for a single error, and thus requires meticulous editing. That means you can spot a missing comma or a misspelling in your writing from a mile away!
2. Product/Project Manager
Knowing how to code can help you better communicate with engineering and design teams. You understand technology limitations and lingo, so you can more accurately estimate timelines and explain goals.
Whether you're a graphic designer laying out a website, or a product designer planning the functions of a physical thing, you're using digital tools to do so.
Knowing the basics of coding streamlines conversations with engineers and other pieces of the creation assembly line.
Those in the marketing field are constantly engaging with engineers to do things like change images or copy on websites, set up discounts, etc. Much like with management positions, you'll have an easier time as a marketer communicating with engineers and designers to discuss your needs, and understand feature and time constraints.
5. Customer service
These positions often involve helping customers install, troubleshoot, or upgrade a product. It's super helpful to have a coding background in these instances so you can be confident in the advice you're giving!
6. Data analyst
With a coding background, you'll have practiced a large amount of math and problem solving skills. Data analysis is just that: analyzing numbers in order to solve problems! To be comfortable number crunching and drawing conclusions is paramount in this field.
Scientists use computer programming to analyze experiment results and to create real world simulations. Having a background in coding gives you a leg up above your peers!
Bitsbox CEO Scott is also the Chief Technical Officer here! He actually quit his cushy corporate job as a programmer to teach kids how to code. Because of his coding background, he knows how to communicate with our team of designers, managers, customer service representatives, marketers, and coders! His meticulous attention to detail, awesome writing skills, and quick problem solving are all part of what make him a great CEO.
Not only is coding a really important skill for career development, it can also be a superfun creative outlet! Here are 6 reasons kids love coding with Bitsbox.