You hear it all the time now. It seems like everyone’s talking about “coding” and how it’s in high demand.
That’s great and all—but what is it?
Coding is just another word for programming. It’s what makes it possible to create websites, software, and the apps on your phone. The web browser you’re using, the MyPath101 website, your Instagram on your smartphone—they were all made through coding.
Pretty cool, huh?
U.S. News & World Report lists coding as one of the top jobs in technology, with a median annual income of $76,140. Not too shabby.
Sounds great, you say. Where do I sign up?!
Hold on there, pardner. Coding may be a hot career choice, but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. I started out in coding in college and switched to English Lit halfway through my sophomore year after my grades started plummeting. (Turns out you have to study a lot to learn coding. Who knew?)
If you’re really interested in learning how to code, you have to be dedicated and be willing to put in the time and work to master the many programming languages out there today—languages like Java, C++, Python, SQL and others.
Most colleges and universities offer majors in coding. But if you’re thinking about pursuing it as a career, you might want to get a jump on things while you’re still in high school. Fortunately there are a ton of online resources and tutorials that can get you started learning coding and give you an edge before you begin your college career.
Here are just a few free online coding resources to get you started: