Several years ago, people might have thought that IT was an interesting field, but not necessarily something that everyone can easily get access to. Gaining a professional proficiency in IT takes years and (at least) a degree to become a technical engineer. Moreover, it'll take another few years to climb up the career ladder to transform into an expert.
Nowadays it is much easier to gain a foothold into the field of technology, be it as a coder or data scientist. Why? Because all the resources that most people had acquired from traditional institutions like universities are now available on the internet. This means that more and more people now have access to a wide range of knowledge regardless of their locations or backgrounds. In fact, e-learning services provided by EdTech companies, such as Coursera and Integrify Academy, are now the new black.
Towards 2025, the global e-learning market value is projected to reach US$325 billion, which indicates the massive number of new e-learning users worldwide and hints that e-learning is widely accepted and even outweighs certain benefits of the traditional learning method. Indeed, an online education can teach you anything, from graphic design to coding and programming, without or with minimal fees.
As a result, a career in software development is gaining popularity not only among the online learning community but also with anyone who is interested in technology. The main reasons for this trend are listed below.
1. Increasing demand for technical skills
In Europe, despite the sizable software developer population of 5.5 million, there was still a shortage of 500 thousand developers by 2020. Countries with the biggest demand for tech professionals are Germany, Italy, Switzerland, as well as the Nordic region. In a job market as cramped as in Finland, about 15 thousand software developers were immediately needed in 2020 compared to 2017’s demand of nine thousand, and this number will continue to grow.
Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) all over the world are fascinated to employ proficient developers to help them establish the internal infrastructures. However, due to the limited resources and capabilities, these companies tend to seek the “all rounders'' who can excel in a variety of tasks instead of building a whole A-team. Capturing this demand, Integrify Academy and Integrify International Academy have been offering intensive training programs about full stack development, data science and machine learning to ensure that our graduates possess adequate knowledge and skills to jumpstart into a career in tech. In fact, the top-notch qualifications of Integrify Academy’s developers have been confirmed by our partner companies, such as Digia and Measur, with compliments for their adaptability and expertise.
2. Attractive salary range
According to Business Insider, software developers and data scientists are currently the hottest jobs in the field of technology. As such, the demand for these jobs has been growing tremendously along with their salary rank for many years to come. The average salary of non-entry-level software developers in Europe ranges from €33 thousand in Sweden and Finland to €46 thousand in Germany per year, which equals an approximate €2750 to €3800 monthly salary. This is definitely one of the best perks of a software developer - being rewarded with good compensation while helping companies to grow.
3. Endless learning opportunities
Developers are constantly required to learn and adapt to the newest technologies. Hence, even after entering the workforce, developers are lifetime learners who are bound to seize the latest tools and skill-set to deliver exemplary outcomes. The best thing about being a learner is that you’ll never get bored of your job, since it requires regular updates and the creativity to tackle arising issues. Minh - one of our consultants also acknowledged the importance of learning as he said,
"Nothing is trivial during your learning process because you will never know if one day it will help you to be successful in your career."
4. Life-changing impact
Competent developers not only play a vital role in the company they work at but also have a huge opportunity to influence the world we live in. Technology has drastically changed how people communicate, commute, and perform daily tasks. In this case, the developers make a difference by solving problems with technology and delivering those solutions to life, in a way that the society as a whole benefits from. As told by Senad, an Integrify Academy alumnus who is currently a Business Solution Developer at Vaisala, he felt happy to work in programming because
"it is like an art form, and there’s always something to improve upon."
If you’re still wondering why we said NOW is the perfect time to become a developer, we’d rather challenge you to answer the question, why NOT now. Truth is, in response to the ever changing modern world, now is the right time, here is the right place.
Our upcoming Full Stack Program starts on March 15th, 2021. Data Science and Machine Learning will be on April 6th, 2021. The Full Stack Program in Finland begins on May 24th, 2021.