Want a career that offers flexible hours, incredible work-life balance and good money? You better start signing up for some computer and engineering courses.
A new survey has found web developing might just be the best job ever. Conducted by market-research firm Provoke Insights and web startup SkilledUp, the survey asked 303 web developers across the U.S. questions about their careers, with a whopping 88 percent saying they felt satisfied in their job.
Part of the reason is pay, with entry-level developers in New York City making as much as $80,000 per year, says Brad Zomick, co-founder of Skilled Up, which offers companies access to alternative and web education courses.
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“There’s just an incredible demand for this kind of work,” says Zomick. “Everything we do now is online, whether it’s research or shopping or communicating with family and friends — and there is a certain, finite supply of developers that companies are competing with to hire.”
But there are other perks too, mainly flexibility. While many developers do have a degree in computer engineering, it’s not necessary. Indeed, 56 percent of developers surveyed said they started in another career, such as teaching or engineering. Plus, many developers site work-life balance as a reason why they’re so satisfied with their jobs. “You can pretty much work from anywhere — not just from home, but around the world,” says Zomick. “And the hours are good, too.”
Perhaps most important, however:The work is actually … fun?! “You’re constantly learning new languages, developing new skills, and attacking new problems every day,” says Zomick. “When you finish a project, it actually feels like you’ve solved this giant puzzle. It’s really rewarding.”
Already got your degree in English literature or music performance? You can still become a web programmer. Zomick suggests checking out these places for novices looking to learn how to code.
Codecademy: Free introductory courses in various programming languages.
Team Treehouse: Monthly subscription service for $25-$50 amonth. Includes discussion forum and real project work.
Code School: Monthly subscription service for $29 amonth. Known for its quirky videos and interactive coding console.
Thinkful Learn online but with a mentor to help you through stumbling blocks.$300-$500 amonth.
Bootcamps:Spend $15,000+ in a semester-long bootcamp and go from no skills to entry-level developer earning $80,000. Many have placement programs. These threeare well-regarded and located in NYC:FullStack Academy, theFlatiron SchoolandApp Academy.
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