Technology has come a long way from the black screen and blinking mouse in the 80s to touch screens and the wearables of today. Now, it is not just an option to be tech-savvy, it is a must.

From Siri and Alexa to interactive voice response, artificial intelligence is on the up and up. With more dependence on AI and a heavier reliance on technology, it is important that we stay up to date with the times and know coding basics.

Doing so may mean everything from keeping your job to saving money and time waiting for IT. That said, read on to learn why you need to learn how to code.

1. If You Can Think It, There’s an App: Technology is Everywhere

From banishing forgetfulness to finding the best dress, NPR goes to state there is an app for everything. We use technology to make our lives easier and more efficient.

If you extend this type of thinking to your job, you can bet in a couple of years there will be a new login system, bookkeeping software, and so forth.

While you don’t have to know the ins and outs of it—unless you are in the IT sector—it can help to know how to code.

The reason being as we mentioned is that what if you the software is suffering some type of malfunction? Knowing some code and technology basics, you may be able to figure out the problem without needing to call IT. (Speaking of technology, learn what is load testing? Examples, tutorials & more.)

This means more time for you to get your tasks done and more money for the company you work for.

2. Coding Literacy Is Necessary but Not the End All Be All

Coding literacy is an asset and another skill, like typing and knowing a second language, but it should not be the defining factor that secures you that job. (If you are in the technology industry, it may be a prerequisite.)

Especially since we live in a technology affluent world, it is easy to get swept up believing learning how to code is the end all be all. With efforts from former President Barack Obama to NBA player, Chris Bosch, you would think that learning code is the gateway to a better job, life, and country.

However, as Wired goes on to state, while this is a positive effort, shrinking the coding illiteracy gap before the reading literacy gap could be a recipe for disaster and create a gap between the haves and have-nots.

3. So, What Does This Mean?

The Guardian lists some of the jobs at the most risk of being replaced by technology, with telemarketing coming in first, loan officer trailing second, and cashier finishing third.

In this case, learning code may not be enough to keep your job if you are in these occupations. But this isn’t to say taking the time to learn coding basics is a waste of your time. In fact, the opposite.

By learning to code, you increase your value to your employer, whether you are in the technology industry or not. And, you may even increase your job security.

What we are trying to say is that while you do not have to be a coding expert, a little coding goes a long way.

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Final Thoughts: Where to Learn How to Code?

If you are interested in learning how to code, there are several free online resources you can use such as Code Academy and Codewars to get your started. Do you know how to code? What are your thoughts on coding literacy? Leave a comment.      

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