Cracking the code: The rising popularity of computer programming (infographic)

27 Feb 2014

Computer programming is hot, hot, hot, and a new infographic takes a closer look at the subject, what it has to offer, and its upward trajectory.

Computer programming has been generating plenty of headlines on lately, with Martina Naughton, senior research analyst at Aon’s Centre for Innovation and Analytics, having told us programming is key for careers in data science, Paul Downey, technical manager at AOL, revealing it’s a great time to be an engineer, and we even featured the subject in our weekly career memes.

The infographic begins by examining the growing computer programming economy, revealing that by 2020, computer-related employment will increase by 22pc, resulting in the creation of about 1.4m jobs in computer science. The greatest demand will be for software developers.

Next up on the infographic is what computer programming teaches its students, such as algorithms and cryptography, as well news surrounding the discipline. For example, beginning in September this year, computer coding will be a compulsory subject at all grade levels in England.

The infographic by wraps up by listing organisations that teach computer programming, though let’s not forget Irish-born CoderDojo.


Tina Costanza
By Tina Costanza

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic. She came to Ireland from Canada, where she had held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto. When she wasn’t saving dangling participles, she was training for 10K races or satisfying a craving for scones.

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