Javascript – career change opportunities

Since March 2020, the way we work has changed completely. More and more businesses are letting people work from home. Technology has accelerated, and recently many people have been forced to consider a career change because of layoffs and lockdowns. For those who are now looking towards a new career – JavaScript is opening worlds of opportunities. 

The last year and a half have shown us all how important technology is. We already knew that it was growing all the time, and we saw how fast companies were using it. But then came the pandemic, and technology went into hyperdrive. Everything became technology-focused. Now that we’re reaching a more improved stage of the pandemic, businesses look like they will continue this technological trend. The good news for career changers and upskillers is that this will provide many opportunities. Javascript is proving pivotal for career changers. 

Javascript opportunities 

Did you know that Javascript is the most commonly used coding language in the world? It’s no surprise, really – after all, JavaScript is the tool that developers use to allow a user to interact with a website. Javascript enables users to fill out forms, click buttons and more. Without it, businesses would be at a significant loss. Don’t believe me? Check any job listing website for the term “JavaScript”. For example, a search on Indeed in the UK shows 13,464 vacant roles at the time of writing. In the Dutch version of Indeed, the number is 5,496

So, where’s the opportunity? Well, here’s the thing, most companies with an online presence (which is pretty much every company) needs Javascript. The problem for businesses is that the number of companies that require these skills far outweighs the number of people who actually have these skills. As a result, the demand for Javascript developers is incredibly high. In fact, in general, the need for software developers is so high that governments around the world have digital upskilling strategies in place to ensure that the workforce is ready for future business needs. This is what we call “the digital skills gap”. This is what is creating JavaScript opportunities.

The digital skills gap

Even before Covid-19 arrived, the demand for developers was huge. In Europe, the prediction was that there would be a need for more than 700,000 extra digitally skilled workers by the year 2020. Well, we’re well beyond 2020 now. A recent report from the World Economic Forum – which was created in October 2020 – suggests that by 2025, 85 million current roles will be displaced because of automation and technology. However, herein lies the extra opportunity for career changers. The WEF predicts that these roles will be replaced by 97 million more-technology focused roles. 

Javascript salaries

Javascript is both a front end and a back end language. However, it is the most popular front-end language globally. With data being more valuable than gold, companies use it to allow their end-users to interact with them. Because of the lack of javascript developers, salaries for these skills are proving high. This is even the case for brand new developers.

For example, in the UK, Morgan McKinley’s salary calculator estimates that JavaScript developers with between 0-3 years experience can earn anywhere from £35,000 per annum to £70,000. In Ireland, Morgan McKinley reckons the same expertise can attract a salary of between €40,000 and €50,000. Not a bad figure for somebody who is starting anew in a career. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, Honeypot reckons a Javascript developer can earn between €38,000 and €42,000.

In Europe and the UK in general, it is clear that developers earn a high salary, even from entry-level. But, of course, these high salaries are not just unique to Javascript programmers. For example, suppose you’ve learned Python in the UK, and you are looking for a job. In that case, Morgan McKinley reckons a Python developer with between 0-3 years experience can earn between £40,000 and £70,000. Similarly, in Ireland, they estimate new Pythonistas as earning between €40,000 and £50,000.

Is it time for a career change? 

Whether you want to upskill or change your career, JavaScript is an invaluable skill that all businesses need. Code Institute teaches what is called full-stack software development. Students learn JavaScript and more, like HTML, CSS and Python (the most popular language in the world). Full Stack programming allows a developer the freedom to move through both the front and back end of software development. These rounded skills make a career changer extra versatile because they can offer skills on the full stack. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about upskilling or changing career to programming, schedule a call with our Education Advisors. Or, if you’ve never tried coding before and want to sample some JavaScript, register below for our free 5 Day Coding Challenge. The challenge takes just one hour a day over five days, and by the end of it, you will have built your first ever web page!

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