3 Great Career Paths for Coders
Part 1: One Skill, Many Paths
When you learn a new skill, or train for a particular profession, you’re often forced to confine yourself to a specific lifestyle, and a specific way of making money. Training as an auto mechanic, for example, puts you on a path that involves working in garages and auto shops. Training as a lawyer puts you on a path to spending a lot of time in offices and/or courtrooms. Learning to code, on the other hand, opens up so many doors that you can really have a huge amount of flexibility when it comes to what you want to do with your time, and how you want to make your money.
Want to travel the world and make money in your spare time? Learning to code allows you to become a “digital nomad” and make money online… whenever, and wherever, you want.
Kevin Ellerton (www.kevinellerton.com) travels the world as a freelance web developer. Thousands of other coders have become digital nomads as well. Check out Part 2 of this series (Make Money Online by Learning To Code) to learn more about becoming a digital code-nomad.
Want to get a great job with a high salary and crazy benefits? Learning to code gives you access to millions of cushy jobs at companies like Google, Facebook, and thousands of other tech companies.
Employees at companies like Google and Adobe get around their awesome offices via slides and rock climbing walls (http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/04/09/12-startups-that-offer-their-employees-the-coolest-perks/). See Part 3: Get a Great Job by Learning To Code to learn more about the great jobs available to people who can read and write code.
Want to forge your own path and make millions as an entrepreneur? Learning to code can help you position yourself as a “technical founder,” which can provide you with the personal power and leverage you need to actually turn your dreams into reality.
Mark Zuckerberg learned to code in middle school, and created Facebook in college. Now, at 31, with a personal net-worth of around $40,000,000,000, he’s one of the wealthiest human beings in the world. See Part 4: Make Millions (or Billions) by Learning To Code to learn more about becoming a tech entrepreneur.
Whichever path you choose, learning to read and write code gives you skills that are in such high demand at this point in history, that you probably won’t have to worry about money anymore. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that in 2012, the mean annual wage for software developers was $99,530, and $68,670 for web developers, with faster-than-average job growth for both. These are much higher than the national averages for most professions in the USA, and they only represent the average. If you’re the kind of person who tends to excel at the things you do, imagine how much money you could make if you learned how to code!