The Rise of Automation: Why Coding Is Becoming a Job for Everyone

During the 1980s, code-a-thons weren’t mainstream; computers themselves much less were only composed of a blinking mouse and white screen.

Nowadays, you can pass a bustling café with chairs and tables filled with programmers—experienced and amateur—participating in 24-hour code-a-thons; apps are created, new websites are indexed, all thanks to several sequences of code. Which brings up the question, does everyone need to learn how to code?

To some, such as a source in this NPR article, state that coding will be just like writing and reading—mandatory, standard, and nothing out of the ordinary.

However, according to Glassdoor, 8 out of 25 jobs are in the tech industry. That’s close to one-third. Still, there’s roughly 66% of jobs that aren’t, and employees may not even need or use coding to thrive. So, which one is it?

Read on to find out to what extent coding should be incorporated into our careers, and how automation is impacting this.

Charting Automation

According to CBC News, the word, “automation” wasn’t widely used until 1947, where the Ford company created an automation department.

Now, we may refer to it when talking about machines that assist in assembly-line, factory work. Or even marketing software tools—such as customer relationship software, which helps marketers track customers in the sales funnel. Or, on the other side of the ball – the development side – we even have entire tools that automatically track our app performance, such as IIS performance monitoring software.

With new programs, software, apps, and the overall use and pervasiveness of technology in our lives, automation is on an increase.

As of now, 10%-15% of a marketing manager’s job can be automated. The HBR article goes on to claim that, with the automation technology we have now, out of 60% of US jobs, 30% of the work can be automated.

What More Studies Show

One study states that by the early 2030s, more than one-third (38%) of American jobs will be at risk of automation, surprisingly compared to Germany (35%), Britain (30%), and Japan (21%)—a country that has the first AI company director.

The research further indicates that the finance and insurance job sectors are at the greatest risk of automation in the US, with transportation and storage coming in second.

However, another study presumes that automation could occur in 702 jobs, and that 47% of workers employed in the US have jobs that are at a high risk of automation.

Despite the differing numbers, what the studies clearly show is that automation technology will continue to grow and affect the US job market—like it or not, it’s the next “industrial revolution.”

Is This Good or Bad?

While some economists predict that automation may polarize our economy between highly paid and lowly paid jobs, others see it as an educational opportunity for us to grow.

Think of it this way, as CBC News states, blacksmiths were a highly sought-after job from 1500 BC until 1850. Now, you’d be hard-pressed to find a successful blacksmith in this day and age. The reason being, of course, lies in the fact that blacksmiths have been phased out because of the Industrial Revolution.

The same thing is happening to jobs in the 21st century. While the research shows more automation will happen, the actual impact on the US job market remains unclear.

Yes, some jobs will become fully automated and, like the blacksmith, will phase out. Others will become more efficient thanks to automation. And, even new jobs will form from the new, emerging automation technology.

Why Coding is Important

What this means is that automation will be a part of our jobs one way or another. The increase in automation technology calls for a greater need to learn coding basics.

Just as you may get a flat tire on the road, there may be a simple glitch in your automation software. As NPR states, think of it as learning how to oil a car. It’s something you need to know, the basics. But not something everybody needs to be a professional at.

Still, the new knowledge could only benefit your current job position, showing your boss you value your job and are an integral part in the company.

Final Thoughts

With so many coding tutorials, sites, and programs available, learning the basics isn’t nearly as hard as it used to be. Why not try your hand at it?

How do you think coding will benefit you?

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