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6 Potential Careers Your Coder Kid Can Explore

Coding is as essential as Math or English for kids these days- everyone is learning it! But have you ever wondered how it really helps, or what paths open up for your child if they learn coding? We all know that coding is a skill that will broaden your child’s career prospects. Here are some of the potential careers they can pursue as coders:

1. Software Developers

Software development is one of the most rapidly growing jobs in technology. Software developers (also known as software engineers)  manage the design and development of  computer systems or applications that we use on a daily basis, which generally requires prior expertise in coding as code is the framework of any digital entity. They build and continuously improve the apps that we use on different devices.  

When designing, building, and testing new software, developers must also gather and analyse user needs in order to make more informed decisions. Developers may be involved in the creation of computer software, mobile applications, or operating systems (among other mediums). 

Skills required: Programming languages like JavaScript, C++, Python; Problem-solving and skills; Teamwork & Communication

2. Game Developer

Game developers are typically involved in multiple aspects of game development, such as visuals, artificial intelligence, user interface, and game logic. They develop, test, and maintain the games they release after creating the initial concepts and designing new games. Game developers usually specialize in one portion of the game creation process- niche skills can be developed based on the type of system (console, computer, or mobile), game type (simulation, adventure, role-playing, strategy, and so on), or a specific game element (in-game systems, level design, user interface, environment, etc). Check out our article covering the best programming languages that can be learned by kids for game development.

Skills required: Proficiency in programming languages like C++/Java/C#/Javascript; a passion for games and programming both; ability to collaborate across different teams

3. Web Developer

By far one of the most popular choices for careers selected by coders, web developers build websites from the ground up and are responsible for maintenance in many cases as well. Those who work in this area need to be familiar with a range of programming languages. They create ‘user friendly’ websites, which are simple to navigate for those who use them. They also create functions for websites, such as a form to collect email addresses or provide a newsletter, a paywall to collect payment information, or a message to thank a customer for their business.

Skills required: Understanding of User Experience. Markup languages/front-end frameworks such as HTML5, CSS, Javascript

4. UI/UX Designer

This is a relatively new field that has arisen as the importance of a user-friendly design has increased. UX and UI design are distinct components of a single consumer experience. The user experience (UX) is concerned with how something works and how people interact with it. UI, or user interface, is concerned with the appearance and layout. The job of the UI/UX designer is to ensure that users are able to navigate all products without issue.

Designers also conduct research on target users to gain a thorough understanding of their requirements, define interaction models, create wireframes, build prototypes, and work on brand color. They also conduct user testing, review metrics, and gather feedback from focus groups in order to make the necessary changes to improve the product. Creative and artistic spirits will enjoy this field especially.

Skills required: Programming languages with HTML5, CSS, Javascript; Familiarity with softwares such as Miro, Illustrator, Photoshop; Creativity

5. Data Scientist

Data scientists harvest knowledge for the companies they work for using scientific methodologies, algorithms, and various processes. This field is ideal for those who prefer statistics, algorithms, and analytics. This sector works with cutting-edge technologies such as machine learning, data mining, and big data, all of which necessitate good coding abilities! Data scientists are in charge of managing and analyzing massive amounts of data in order to assist corporations in making strategic decisions.

Skills required: Proficiency in programming languages such as Python, Julia; Understanding of machine learning & AI; Statistics and analytics

These are just five of many jobs your coder kid can consider pursuing! The options with coding as part of your skillset are endless. Learn more about the various occupations that coders might pursue and help your child to consider all of their possibilities for the future.

6. Front End Developers

Front end developers write code for the portion of a website that users see, known as the front end. To make websites more user friendly, they use code to create visual aspects such as animated icons and text formatting. Front end developers are proficient in multiple types of coding and can determine the structure and design of web pages as well as create functional and creative designs for their content. They use code to implement the software’s UI.

Skills required: Web technologies, responsive design, Proficiency in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and familiarity with front end frameworks

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