Covid-19 has put our world to the test, showing just how willing we are to spend large amounts of time indoors, with our families. It has also shown us just how important the workplace is as a space to socialize—many have realized that working from the couches in their pajamas is not so appealing after all. It turns out we miss those production hives that we once dreaded going back to every Monday morning.
And while we love our spouses, children and pets, all of whom have become our new “co-workers,” most of us miss our normal work lives. However, have you given much thought to other aspects of your previous work life? Were you pleased with the actual work you were doing? Social aspects aside, is there anything you would like to change about your career?
If so, don’t worry. Countless Americans and people around the world are considering a career change. They are looking for a career path with more growth potential or a more flexible schedule, so that they can stay at home without taking a PTO day if they do feel like working from the comfort of their couch. Well, the tech industry can offer you just that.
In today’s Internet-centric world, breaking into the tech industry is much easier than you might think. Where you used to have no choice but to earn a computer science or information technology degree from a four-year university—or a two-year degree from a local community, city, or technical college—that is no longer the case. Instead, many tech hopefuls are learning their new skills through coding bootcamps.
These intensive, short-term programs can take you from zero experience to programming professional in just a matter of months. Even better, these schools offer a wide array of class schedules and financing options. Whether you need a full-time, in-person program, part-time evening classes, online, or even a self-paced track, there is an option for you.
Most schools also offer financing options like deferred tuition payments and income sharing agreements (ISA), so you can learn however you want and pay tuition once you have finished your program and landed a job.
Now you know where and how to learn your new coding skills. Let’s look at some career paths you might want to pursue once you get there.
Covid-19 has forced us indoors, which means we are spending more time online. As a result, demand for skilled programmers who can build top-notch websites has grown. The professionals who make the websites we use every day are called Web Developers.
The Web Developers who build the part of the website that the user sees and interacts with are called Web Designers. Web Designers are responsible for building what is called the user experience (UX). Functions like search bars and “Click Here to Apply” buttons are part of UX, which are the responsibility of Web Designers.
The Web Development process of programming the code that makes websites run and function properly—such as linked web pages, and the functions and buttons that Web Designers build—is called the user interface (UI). This is also referred to as back end development because it is all the programming that is going on behind the scenes.
The Web Development sector is booming. Web Development jobs are expected to grow at an impressive rate of 13 percent by 2028. Entry-level Web Developers can expect salaries of over $50,000 and often report high job satisfaction. More senior developers can expect a salary of over $90,000.