Learning to code is about so much more than just making a lot of money. It’s challenging, fulfilling, teaches you to think and helps you make improvements to the world you never thought imaginable.

With that being said, everyone needs to make a living some way or another. That’s the nice thing about learning to code as the jobs pay a lot more than anything else. How much more do they pay?

“Jobs requiring coding skills pay $22,000 more than positions that don’t, and the demand for employees with such skills is expected to grow 12 percent faster than the overall job market during the next decade, according to a report published Wednesday.”-Burning Glass Technologies

Teaching and learning to code has become a global movement. Getting ahead of this trend can help position you for a very long and lucrative career in coding. How did Burning Glass Technologies figure this out? They analyzed 26 million online job postings published in 2015 that were posted on job boards, newspapers and websites. They combined this data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Data from the College Board suggest not enough students are getting an early start in the field. Only 2 percent of students in the College Board’s advanced placement program studied computer science last year, and only 22 percent of those students were female. Computer science was the fastest growing Advanced Placement test in 2014 and 2015, however, as the number of students taking those tests increased 25 percent.”

At theCoderSchool, we can help you get ahead of these trends and potentially help carve out a long lucrative career in programming with our Code Coaching and Code Coaching PRO programs.

 Github OctoCat

If you continue your quest with coder school in becoming great at programming you’ll keep running into something called GitHub. But What is GitHub?

GitHub is a lot of things but more than anything, it’s a coder’s best friend. You may have heard it referred to as a social networking site for developers/programmers or a code sharing and publishing service but it’s so much more than just that.

Git is an open source project that was started by Linux creator Linus Torvalds. It’s a version control system that manages and stores revisions of projects. While everyone uses it for code, it can be used for your Word Documents as well.

The most important feature on GitHub is called “forking” which means copying a repository from one user to another. This opens up the possibility to make changes to a project you don’t have access to and modify it. You can then submit a “pull request” to the original owner. That user can then merge the changes found in your repo with the original.

Why is this important to anyone in coder school? Because you’ll be working with GitHub more than just about any other tool out there. It saves lots of time and makes things way more efficient.

Check out this helpful video for more information.

Seemingly everywhere you look Amazon is disrupting there way to life changing technology. They’ve changed the face of retail and grocery shopping in an instant and now could potentially challenge Google in voice search.

What started as an online book store over 20 yrs ago has morphed into the most convenient way to interact with the world.

Lets go over some of the most impactful thing that Amazon has done. Try and keep in mind that most people would trade anything for the sake of convenience. If you don’t believe me all you have to do is remind yourself of the Facebook data breach. In that situation, we traded our personal data and behaviors for the convenience of staying connected with friends and family. With Amazon, it’s not all doom and gloom.

They do utilize our data but in exchange, we are saving a lot more time than if we had to do a lot of this in person.

1-Click Shopping

A long time ago, shopping online was more of an inconvenience and people were paranoid with putting their personal information on the internet. Now people just want the quickest most seamless online experience so they can spend more time with their family.

So, with that, 1-click shopping was born so you didn’t have to keep typing in all your personal information over and over again.

Democratizing e-commerce

How does a small mom and pop scale and compete with the big boys? Amazon saw an opportunity by releasing Amazon Web Services which is a cloud computing service. AWS just grossed $7.9 billion in 2015!

Amazon Marketplace

Interested in working for yourself? Amazon made it easy for people to learn how to try it out by selling online. With customer trust at the center of it all, they laid the foundation of how people bought and sold online. In the early days of the internet, there was an all around lack of trust and Amazon did everything they could to change that.

Amazon also allowed for customers to read excerpts from the book before buying on the hunch that they would buy more if they knew what was inside.

In this case, they were 100% correct but most publishers didn’t like this approach until they saw their sales go up.

Return Policies

Returning an item used to be a giant waste or time and in some cases, a very stress filled experience. Amazon changed that allowing shoppers to just keep some items and get a refund. It saved them money on shipping and created a lot of good will among shoppers.

Better Communication

There is records for everything. When you buy something, you get an email, when it ships, you get an email, scheduled delivery comes with an email as well.

Amazon Prime

This is changing shipping by allowing you to get same day delivery and free 2-day shipping on thousands of items. It’s also somewhat of a loyalty program and also comes with entertainment with prime video.

Amazon no doubt couldn’t have done all this without their visionary leader Jeff Bezos. WIth that being said, they also employ an army of the most brilliant engineers on the planet who understand how to code and think critically.

If you’d like to be a part of something that is rapidly changing the world for the better, then join coder school! Our code coaches™ will help you in a focused environment where everyone collaborates and has fun.