Five occupations that use code

There’s a strong possibility that if you’re still at school you will have, or have had, the chance to learn how to code in a computer science class. Learning this skill can not only boost your problem-solving and analytical skills but can help you launch a number of careers.

Scroll down to read about just five of the many careers in which coding is a valuable skill.  


 

Web Developer

Web developers listen to what their clients want and then use their problem-solving and programming skills to deliver a website that looks and functions as needed. Programming to make a website accessible so they can use its services or make a client’s site dreams a reality is quite a skill to have!


Yogi's Story: Software Technician & Entrepreneur 


Software Developer

As you might have guessed, this role is similar to the above but involves using code for the creation of software – that’s all information and instructions which tell a computer how to work. As you can imagine, software developers are vital in industries such as healthcare as they ensure that clinicians and staff can use technology to provide patients with the best care.


Nicole's Story: Software Support Specialist 


Computer Network Architect

A Computer Network Architect or Network Engineer, design and maintain the way data is shared across digital and telecommunications networks. Technicians in this role are key to maintaining security, making sure faults are fixed, passwords and permissions are in place, and information is shared in a safe way.


Alex's story:  Network Engineer 


SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) Technician

How about using your coding skills to remotely control large pieces of machinery? That’s what SCADA Engineers like Gabriel do. By sending code via a communications network, they can control equipment such as off-sea turbines, remotely. Check out Gabriel’s story to learn more.

Gabriel's Story: SCADA Engineer 


Video Game Designer

Using coding languages such as C ++, Video Game Designers build blocks of code to create games for mobile phones and gaming devices. With passion and technological skills, teams create the prototype and then seek investors for full development, promotion and rollout. See Stephanie’s story to learn what it could entail:

Stephanie's story: Co-founder & Game Designer 

How to launch your digital career

If the above occupations have piqued your interest, there are a few options you could pursue:

Digital T-level

T-levels are a new nationally recognised qualification, which is worth the same number of UCAS points as 3 A Levels. Visit the T-level website to see if a college near you is offering a T-level course in Digital Production, Design and Development: tlevels.gov.uk

Already have a Digital Level 3 qualification? Why not see if there are any courses to help you progress to the next level at your local Institute of Technology? Visit Institutes of Technology.org.uk to learn how they could provide you with the skills to succeed. 

Practice makes perfect

Codeacademy; Udemy, YouTube – nowadays there are many online resources where you can learn how to code for free. If you learn better with classmates, why not join a coding club where you can develop and test prototypes together? You might pick up some handy tips too!

Apprenticeships

Whilst competitive, it is possible to get an apprenticeship in web, app, and software development. Visit our Apprenticeship page to learn more about how to secure an apprenticeship in your area of interest. Josh obtained an apprenticeship with Microsoft and now he runs his own business.

Josh's Story: IT Operations Technician & CEO 

 

Learning to code can open many doors!

 

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