The Importance of Coding Both Now and in the Future

Posted: 11 Dec 2018

The Importance of Coding Both Now and in the Future

Across Ireland, coding skills are in high demand in the tech industry and in many other sectors of the economy.

Currently, Eolas Recruitment, has excellent roles for candidates from DevOps engineers, to data scientists and quality assurance engineers. Javascript, React, .Net and Python are particularly popular at present and we find employers are keen on candidates who, as well having technical expertise, are eager to learn and have good interpersonal skills. If you are at an early stage in your career, this article explains why coding skills can be your biggest asset when applying for jobs in the IT industry:

What is coding?

Coding is the process of writing the instructions that computers obey in order to carry out various operations. These instructions can be written in various languages such as Python, C, C++, Perl, Visual Basic, Java, JavaScript, Ruby and PHP.  The coder tells the computer what to do and how to do it. Examples of jobs that rely on coding skills include programmers, developers, computer scientists and software engineers.

Why is coding important?

Code is a vital component in the operations of many businesses across Ireland. From information technology to science, engineering and data analysis, coding skills play a crucial role in the economy. Coders work in the leading technology companies who have established operations in Ireland as well as in indigenous Irish software companies. The ICT sector employs over 37,000 people and generates €35 billion in exports annually. Skillnet Ireland estimates that the ICT sector will need over 70,000 new workers over the next five years with new graduates likely to make up about half of these numbers.

To support ICT activity in the economy, the Government’s National ICT Skills Strategy and Plan, developed in partnership with key industry players, recognised the importance of developing computing, software and electronic engineering skills at  third-level. Policy makers are also promoting coding skills at primary and secondary school level.

But isn’t just tech companies who benefit from coding skills, an increasing number of businesses, from accountants to designers, rely on computer code on a daily basis. And, as the world becomes more data-oriented, new opportunities will continue to arise.

Benefits of learning to code

Industries rise and fall as new technologies emerge, but there will always be new problems to solve and developers will always be needed. Companies compete aggressively to hire talented coders who can help their businesses gain a competitive advantage. So, learning to code opens up many different career opportunities.

Is it too late to learn to code?

It’s never too late to learn! Even if you have no previous experience of coding, you can learn the basics either online and/or by attending courses. Java, Python, .NET and C++ are particularly in demand at the moment and roles like DevOps, where coders build, test and debug the programs that underpin vital business operations, are among the most highly paid in the ICT sector.  So, if you already have coding skills and are interested in advancing career, why not get in touch with one of our Specialist Recruiters who will be able to help you find the perfect vacancy.

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