If you're seeking a successful future and a well-paid job, what is one of the most valuable skills you can learn? Coding.
Programming language fluency has become a sought after commodity, so much so that 2012 might very well be remembered as the year of coding. And it's never been easier and cheaper to learn how to talk to a machine.
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Codeacademy launched free courses at the beginning of 2012. In less than five months, more than 1 million people signed up, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who announced it on Twitter: "My New Year's resolution is to learn to code with Codecademy in 2012!"
Companies love coders. Google and Facebook sometimes buy companies just to snatch up the engineers (FriendFeed was such an example). As a result, software developers will see a 30% growth rate in the current decade. That's more than double the U.S. average for all jobs (14%).
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Coding jobs not only grow faster, they also pay more than the average position, even at entry level. Take the people who completed the San Francisco Developer Bootcamp, which offered a course of Ruby On Rails. After the 10-week course, 15 of the 21 who completed it received a job offer for an average of $79,000 year. That's more than a statistician ($72,830), an urban planner ($63,040) and even an average computer programmer ($71,380).
And don't assume these benefits only apply to men. Actually, some of the most important computer pioneers were women -- Ada Lovelace wrote the first machine algorithm in 1842.
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This story originally published on Mashable here.