By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki
If you have ever wondered why computer science is so important, a recent study commissioned by Oracle Academy provides clear answers. The study, conducted by Burning Glass Technologies, a job market analytics research company, found that across industries, computer science skills translate to added value and earning power.
The report — Beyond Point and Click: The Expanding Demand for Coding Skills — analyzes the market and highlights the magnitude of employer demand for coding skills and the range of opportunities that learning to code can open for students.
Data was culled from 26 million U.S. online job postings collected in 2015 and analyzed to determine the specific jobs and skills that employers are seeking.
- Coding skills are in high demand, and not just for programmers, but across five major job categories:
- Information Technology (IT) workers
- Data Analysts
- Artists and Designers
- Coding jobs pay $22,000 per year more than jobs that don’t — $84,000 vs. $62,000 annually.
- Coding skills pave the way for progression to high-income positions. Half of jobs in the top income quartile (more than $57,000 per year) are in occupations that require coding skills from applicants.
- Coding jobs are growing faster than the job market, led by programming jobs, 50% faster than the market overall.
Kim Jones is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Curriki. Kim is active in driving policy initiatives and is regularly featured as an honorary speaker on the impact of technology in education at influential meetings around the world.