Worldwide, there is a skills gap in the field of software development. In the US, we’re told that there will be a gap of up to one million jobs in the ICT sector. Eurostat Statistics indicates that 41% of European companies trying to recruit ICT professionals are finding it difficult find eligible staff. In fact, it’s reported that there will be a gap of 500,000 to 900,000 in Europe by 2020.
There is no denying it, being a software developer right now is a smart move. The current batch is in high demand. By the looks of things, they’re in a better position than ever before. Today, we look at five reasons as to why you should consider a career in software development.
5 reasons to consider a career in software development
Before we start with the list, look around you. Pretty much everything from your laptop to your smartphone, from your car to your TV, requires some input from a software developer. It’s true. I love to use the example of the Ford F150 pickup truck. Apparently, this is made up using over 150 million lines of code. The average car apparently has 100 million lines of code. Technology is all around us, and as we continue to invent and create things, technology and coders are going to become all the more important.
Jobs in high demand
Right now, there is a massive global skills shortage in the technology sector. Log onto your go-to jobs site and type in the word “software”. How many jobs popped up? Probably thousands. The thing is, software development skills are no longer confined to the tech industry. Having these skills is a bonus for most jobs. All good businesses have websites and apps, and the requirement for IT know-how is huge.
Because of the huge demand for qualified staff, pay for software developers has been inflated. In Europe, junior developers can earn from €30k per annum (€55k+ after 5 years) while in the USA, the reported starting salary (at the time of writing) is north of $67k ($100k+ after 5 years).
Remote work & self-sufficiency
If you prefer not to be confined to an office environment all day, the opportunity for remote work is a lot higher in software development. As long as you are producing code at an adequate rate and creating what is required in a timely fashion, it is not uncommon for many code workers to work remotely.
Such is the coding landscape at the moment that the opportunity to freelance and offer contract services to companies is higher. Likewise, many software developers have seized the opportunity to create their own companies and businesses because of the skills gap.
Climb the ladder
It is easier for coders to climb a career ladder. This is because new technology is always required, and because so many industries depend on it. Companies are constantly looking for software developers and as teams grow, so too do management structures. Generally, a Junior Developer turns into a Senior Developer within 5 years. After that, your value increases and so too does your spot on the career ladder.
Firstly, the satisfaction from creating code is unmatched. Unlike some other jobs, your results are always easy to see after you design something with code. Whether it’s a website that you are designing or adding lines of code to future tech, the results are generally clear. Secondly, if you are a problem solver, then this is the role for you.