Kickstart Your Programming Career: 4 Coding Careers for Beginners

You’ve heard it before, but LEARNing how to code is an excellent investment. Becoming a programmer opens so many doors for you. It will lead to higher-paying jobs, the ability to work from home, and a chance to show off your creative problem-solving skills.

Getting started on your coding journey can be a little intimidating but don’t worry there are plenty of ways to get you started. You can self-study, go to a 4-year University, or join a coding bootcamp. Each of these options has its pros and cons. So, you will need to do your research and see what works best for you.

Now, assuming you started on either of those paths to LEARN how to code you will begin your hunt for your first coding job. There are a variety of jobs you can pursue and it can be hard to know which direction you want to go. That’s why we made a list of some of the most common jobs our coding bootcamp graduates gravitate to once they complete our program.

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What careers can you do with coding?

When you are first applying to coding positions you are most likely looking at entry-level positions. That’s because you are still green with no real-world coding experience (unless you had an internship opportunity). That being said, entry-level positions are where you want to be at this point. They will help you grow into the profession and build relationships with your peers who can help you advance your career. Check out out the entry-level jobs we think you should be looking into down below.

Here are 4 beginner-friendly coding jobs:

1. Junior web developer

By far this is the most common route our coding graduates go. Web Developers utilize coding languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Ruby on Rails to code applications and websites. To get these applications and websites working web developers need to write the code for the front-end and back-end so their applications and websites can function properly. If you end up on a small team you may be coding on both the front-end and back-end but it is a lot more common for web developers to specialize in either the front-end or the back-end. Specializing in one is advantageous because the work required is different and more often than not you will have a preference for one over the other. So, it is important to experience both and decide which one suits you best.

Front-end web developers are responsible for what the user (person browsing the website) sees. As a front-end developer, you may either work from a design made by a web designer, or you may be the one designing the website. It is important to have the right aesthetics and to be user-friendly for the user. Not doing this may lead to the user leaving the website entirely and the company losing business. You may lean towards front-end development if you have an eye for aesthetics or have experience in graphic design. It pays well too. Salary.com lists the median salary for a front-end developer is at $119,224.

Back-end web developers are responsible for everything the user doesn’t see. This means that they work on what happens on the server-side like web application logic and integration. They make sure that web pages and applications function properly and are responsible for making appropriate adjustments to improve functionality when needed. As for salary, Indeed lists the average base salary at $120,728 per year.

2. Junior web designer

As you might have guessed, web designers design websites. They tackle the visual components of websites and tailor them to what their client needs to accomplish. They need to have a keen eye for detail and know when to be creative. You may lean towards being a web designer if you like to make things as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Or, you may like web design because it isn’t as heavily reliant on coding. Web designers usually use HTML and CSS to make their mockups for their clients.

Web design is different than front-end development because the web designer is tasked with the look of the website while the front-end developer is tasked with the implementation. Although, sometimes a front-end developer may work on the design if the team is small.

Taking a look at the salary, Indeed lists the average base salary at $47,643 per year.

3. Data analyst

Data analysts of course analyze data. They collect, clean, and interpret data sets to answer a question or solve a problem. You will be spending a lot of time with the data you collect so you must understand it well enough to communicate it clearly and concisely to your clients. To accomplish your tasks you often need to use spreadsheets like Excel or Sheets and coding languages like SQL, R, or Python.

Salary depends on which area you would like to be a data analyst in (Medical/Healthcare, Marketing, Business, Operations, Intelligence). So, according to Salary.com it ranges from $68,596 and $87,155 in the United States.

4. Become a freelancer

Work from where you want and when you want as a freelancer. A freelance coder works on a contractual basis with clients to develop software or applications for their specific needs. This means you can also specialize in whatever language or area of coding you would like. You don’t have to take on clients if the project is not of interest to you or doesn’t pay as well as you hoped for the work needed.

Salary will vary of course being a freelancer. It will depend on the number of contracts you take and how much each project will payout. You will also have to factor in finding clients to work with as well. It will be important for you to build relationships with clients you have worked with to keep getting contracts from them or their network.

What’s an easy way to get started with coding?

Coding & remote work. Both are crucial parts that have defined 2021 and will be moving forward. The demand for skilled developers continues to rise, and many people are looking for an innovative career path that enjoys the benefits of working tech. Most of these developer positions have gone remote and will continue to be so.

Many feel coding and web development is a career path out of reach or unattainable; that’s far from the truth. Access to these skills and career paths has never been available. For 3 hours, we’re going to give you the breakdown of WTF coding is and how you can turn these skills into a career.

  • Here is what you will LEARN:
  • How the internet works
  • Components of a website
  • Basic coding terminology
  • What is Full Stack Web Development?
  • Find Your Transferable Skills
  • Developer Career Outlook / Remote Work
  • How LEARN can get you there
  • Access to virtual coding training
  • How to take the next steps

Where do I find dependable San Diego coding schools?

Interested in one of the careers listed above but don’t have the coding experience or knowledge needed? A coding bootcamp is a great way to fast-track yourself into one of those careers.

LEARN academy is a coding bootcamp that is designed to teach students everything they need to land their first developer job in just four months. In addition to highly experienced instructors and a tried-and-true curriculum, our students attend their lessons remotely from wherever they might be. Whether they live right next to Petco Park or live within earshot of Niagra Falls we are here to help make their dream coding job a reality. Click here for more information.

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