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Learning to code and program has become the most in demand career skill in the nation. Sure, the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics show that overall job opportunities in the field have declined slightly in the last five years – compared to the exponential growth that occurred in the two decades prior – but those same US government studies show that there isn’t a more in-demand skill in the country than learning to code and program.
Computer programmers can essentially “write their own check”, with nearly half of all computer programming jobs paying more than $58,000 as an entry-level employee. The Burning Glass Research Group found that jobs requiring coding skills pay upwards of $22,000 per year more than jobs that do not – and the world of finance, manufacturing, and healthcare are looking to hire more computer programmers than ever before.
Experts believe computer programming to be the “most future-proof career field of them all”, especially as our world becomes more and more connected. If you want to give your child every opportunity to succeed moving, laying a solid foundation in the mathematics behind computer program will give them a serious advantage in our ultra competitive education and business environments.
According to Techwalla, the bare minimum you could do for your child when it comes to learning the math behind computer programming and coding is to get them into basic math courses. “Binary math is at the core of how any computer operates…and is critical for low-level programming of hardware and software”, says Keith Perry over at Techwalla. EVERYTHING done on a computer is done with sequences of ones and zeros, the binary language that all computers understand universally.
From there, you’ll want to encourage your children to move into more advanced mathematics courses. Courses like Algebra, Statistics, Calculus One and Calculus Two, all at the most advanced levels possible – ideally AP or college-level courses in high school – will make a world of difference. Students that are exposed to these advanced mathematical principles early in their educational career will be able to wrap their head around these abstractions faster. They gain a significant leg up over their peers.
Obviously, more coding and programming specific mathematics courses should be on the docket, too. We’re talking about Linear Algebra, Matrix Transformation (especially useful in the rapidly evolving world of 3-D modeling and printing), as well as Differential Equations and Statistics – fundamental mathematics that are hugely important in mobile applications.
There is a tremendous amount to learn when your child is going to be diving headfirst into the world of coding and programming. But laying the foundation before hand with a solid base of advanced mathematics will help them to better navigate all of the different avenues this career field offers.