Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg want you…to code
When you think about what goes into the physical design of tablets or mobile phones, the operating systems that run them, or the applications that run on them, the boundaries are limitless. When you think about the technology space in general, the center of it all is mobile.
Everything we do online today is taken for granted and when we find those applications we can utilize on our smartphones so we are not tied to a desk or have to wait at home to get something done, we get all excited. Guess who makes all that possible? Coders.
It does not sound very exotic, but that is the reality. Down the very last byte of just about any product or service you buy or use today is touched by computer science in general and driven further by making it mobile and connected to the cloud.
Businesses around the world have an insatiable appetite to find talent to help them develop their technology. That growth is pretty much guaranteed for at least the next decade and beyond. Some estimates see a demand for over one million jobs in the US alone, and most of them will go unfilled unless there is more talent on hand to make things happen. The demand is strong enough that self-pronounced geek and musician, Will.i.am, is working to create a talent search TV show akin to the popular X-Factor program.
The video below are a bit of recruiting effort for kids and young adults to steer their interests in the direction of computer science, but the neat thing is that learning new stuff works for anyone regardless of their age. Is coding as simple as basic math and reading? Many will argue no, and if you have played any games that use the laws of physics as part of the gameplay, you know this.
The opportunity is there, and we need you to create the next great app, the next great OS, and design the attributes of the next great handset.
source: Code.org via DVICE
1. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
As a born coder, i accept your challenge.
2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1063; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I would love to be a computer science major and I'm only a freshman in college right now. The problem is I suck at math. :-/
Whether the actual jobs require advanced math daily, idk. But the classes to get a computer science degree require hardcore math classes.
6. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
Yup. To be a great coder/programmer, one has to be highly analytical. And there's only one way through that: Advanced Math. Good in solving math problems? Computer software just might be the thing for you.
9. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 873; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Don't let the math hold you back. All it takes is a good tutor and good work ethic to pass those classes and you'll find its easier than you think. Plus if you take them during summer semesters you can focus on them a lot more. I helped tons CS friends with math classes when I was in college studying for computer engineering.
10. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1063; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I know I CAN do anything I put my mind to. But I would be literally hating life along the way; not something I want during college.
12. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)
Yeah you need to. LOL scaring people off the degree haha. But hell no! Great IDE's like Visual Studio and Google searching will get you through! But you really need to be a great analyst, can foresee the future and tactful.
8. shuaibhere (Posts: 1908; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Learning web development is actually nice...
11. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)
hahaha as an IT student, I'm already dying! But because of the great IDE, Visual Studio, it will be easy lol.