Digital transformation. Disruptive technology. IT innovation. How can you tap into the ever-evolving nature of technology to fuel your career? As counter intuitive as it may appear, sometimes you have to go back to the basics in order to move forward. In the world of technology, programming is at the heart of transformation, disruption, and innovation.
The need for qualified software developers will grow at a rapid pace—an amazing 24%--over the next eight years, according to US Dept. of Labor Statistics. “Think of new technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics, big data, visualization, or smart solutions,” says Pramod Mirji, Technical Director of Mindteck Academy, the IT workforce training solutions entity of global technology company Mindteck, Inc. “All of these require software applications which means there is high demand for qualified programmers. There is a scarcity of resources to fill that demand.”
Today’s developers are well-served by a polyglot approach. The ability to master multiple languages – say adding Java and Python to your skill set increases your value in today’s developer marketplace. According to Information Week, the top 10 programming languages are (in no particular order):
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Java is one of the most in-demand programming languages, in part because it is open-source and serves as the platform for billions of devices including Android phones, Smart TVs and Smart home solutions. “Java is a great starting point. A lot of Fortune 500 companies, as well as startups, use Java as their programming language to build their enterprise application solutions.” says Mirji.
Another programming language which is on the TOP 5 list and widely used to build solutions in AI, Machine Learning (ML) and data analytics is Python. The reason behind the rise of Python as a programing language is: Python is simple, open source, easy to learn and increases developer productivity. There is also a large community of Python developers, with built-in libraries for Data Analytics, ML, AI and many other emerging technologies. This reduces development time and makes life easy for developers.
In addition to AI, migration to the cloud, continuous delivery using DevOps, even legacy financial systems all demand highly skilled programmers. “I think now is a very exciting time to be a software developer or programmer,” Mirji states emphatically. If you have an interest in coding, have tried animation, or enjoy design, adding programming skills to your skill set can unlock job opportunities and increase your long-term earning potential.
--- Pramod Mirji is Technical Director and instructor for Mindteck Academy, the IT workforce training entity of MIndteck, for corporate clientele and aspiring IT professionals. Classes are starting soon, so apply today.