By now, you’ve probably seen code.org’s video extolling the benefits of learning to code. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Bosch and many others talk about the benefits of being an engineer, in addition to how important and how cool it is. Then the statistics appear—nearly one million software engineering jobs may go unfilled because people don’t have the right skills.
All this is really just hammers home the point that there is a skill gap between what the US needs and what our colleges and universities are teaching. Apparently, only one in 10 schools teach students how to code. We’re curious what you think—do you anticipate a lack of software engineers will be a problem for the US in the near future? When did you learn to code? Has it helped your career?