How Programming Courses Could Replace Degrees
You don't need BA to land job in the growing field: Christopher Mims
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 4, 2014 12:40 PM CDT
Computer programmers needn't do a university degree, Christopher Mims writes.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – While US students rack up more than a trillion dollars in debt, the demand for computer programmers is far outpacing the supply: By 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a million programming jobs will have gone unfilled. And to land these positions, there's little need for a degree, writes Christopher Mims in the Wall Street Journal. Some 67% of coding jobs are with non-tech firms looking for industry know-how, not expertise in the theory side of computer science. Even some Google teams are 14% degree-free.

"Computer programming, in other words, has become a trade," Mims writes. "We've entered an age in which demanding that every programmer has a degree is like asking every bricklayer to have a background in architectural engineering." Coding schools are springing up everywhere. One 16-week course in Seattle offers your $12,000 tuition back if you don't get a job; Codecademy in New York is free. What's more, the courses Mims examines all enroll far more women than are currently on most tech firms' engineering payrolls. Click for Mims' full piece.

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Chris Farley
Aug 6, 2014 7:57 AM CDT
yeah if you live in India or Pakistan as that is where all these jobs are located. What a croc story NEWSER.
Jatinder Sehgal
Aug 5, 2014 2:49 AM CDT
This article is obviously written by a naive reporter. I am a retired engineer and I know what this is all about. Industry spokesmen put such bogus numbers out (over a million unfilled jobs by 2020) to rile up mischief for various purposes, but basically to drive down the wages and fire any one over 45 out of the profession. I know because this happened to me and many of my colleagues who were all very good engineers. Why 45, because by that age people wake up and smell the coffee and realize that they will not get any where and become difficult to push around. Such bogus reports are used then used to open a large number of training colleges at government's expense. They are also used to increase the supply of coders from English speaking countries through work visas; who work for half the wage of Americans burdened by exorbitant educational loans. Bureau of labor Stats have always been bloated in favor of the employers who bribe the heads of these agencies and appropriate politicians to produce these reports and accept whatever number the employers give them. So young people, please don't be swayed by these corporate lies. Be careful As a coder, you will be out of a job as soon as some one invents a new coding language (every five years or so) or as soon as you are 45.
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Aug 4, 2014 8:56 PM CDT
Some people don't want to be a programmer or an engineer, why is that so difficult to understand. So what, now the future is only open for people who like math? Really?