Technology innovation is exploding at a pace never before seen in history. Parents and students are paying attention and taking action. Learning programming and coding skills isn’t a luxury – it’s a critical path for success.
Here are 10 resources for parents interested in coding for their children.
Backed by data from reputed sources, these charts provide a great insight into where opportunities lie for our children. Learning to code provides your children with the skills needed to capitalize on these opportunities.
1. Computing jobs are the #1 source of new wages in the US
There are an estimated 500,000 current job openings in the computing field today. These jobs are in every industry and in every state. It they are projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs.
2. The STEM Opportunity is in computer science
Despite the significant focus on STEM, what is missed out is that 71% of all new STEM jobs are in computing. However, only 8% of STEM graduates are in computing. This mismatch create significant opportunities for children with computing background.
3. Computer science graduates earn 40% more than other college graduates
It is a lucrative field to be working in. The average lifetime earnings of a computer science graduate is 40% more than other college graduates. The gap between demand and supply continues to increase resulting in increases in wages for people with computing skill.
4. Learning to code appeal peaks in middle school
This is important particularly for girls. During middle school, children are more open to learning new skills, tend to believe computing as cool and the gender stereotypes haven’t set in that hard. 79% of working professionals got their first serious exposure to coding in middle school.
5. Most parents want their child to learn computer science
More and more parents are seeing the broader trend and want their child to learn computer science. Since most schools don’t offer it, parents are enrolling their children in supplemental coding programs for their children to acquire these skills.
6. 204% increase in students taking high-school computer science courses
There was a 204% increase in the # of students taking AP computer science in high-school. Students are starting to recognize the value of a high-school computer science courses. It leads to a future in 130 career areas and 48 college majors.
7. Computer Science is integrating in every college major
Some of the big companies that we know today are being founded by individuals who knew how to code. When they know how to code, an idea doesn’t die after a conversation. They build a basic version and see how people react to it. When there is a positive response, they build on it. Airbnb, Instacart, Dropbox was all build that way. By giving them the skill of coding, you can give wings to your child’s ideas.
9. Many emerging fields are driven by software
The exciting fields over the next 10-20 year that our children will make their careers in are all driven by software. Knowing how to code gives them an edge to thrive in these jobs of the future.
In the swirling world of technology, most parents know and they want coding classes for kids.
But some parents still construe learning to code as becoming a programmer. While it may be true for a few kids, attending programming classes early in life develops many skills that don’t necessarily develop through the traditional education system.
Is it just a fad, or should my child be learning to code? Which program do I choose? If I don’t know if my child will become an engineer, what are the benefits of learning to code? In this short eBook, we help you understand the benefits of your child learning to code and why the teacher-led model rocks.
In this book, you will learn:
Why coding is the new arithmetic
How coding enhances academic success
If coding is right for your child
Why coding is both art and science
Why coding isn’t just for engineers
How learning to code helps kids change the world
PLUS: You will get a free assessment to help you determine if coding is right for your child!