So you've decided to learn a programming language. Good thinking! The need to be code literate for various jobs is increasing. Software developer jobs specifically will increase by 17% according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
However, as a beginner, proceeding from making that career-boosting decision to actually acquiring the skills is definitely confusing. You're faced with hundreds of options to pick from as your first language. So, before making that choice, it’s a good idea to ask yourself two key questions:
What is it that made you interested in programming?
What do you want to do as a programmer?
The answers to these questions will navigate your initial steps and, possibly, your entire programming career. If a project idea sparked your interest, pick a language that helps you best complete it. For example, learning Objective-C will allow you to work on iOS-related projects, while Java will allow you to work on Android-related projects.
Beginner or not, quality programmers seek out opportunities to learn and keep up with language and technology trends. The choice to pick up a new one will be recurring throughout your career. Check out this helpful infographic to guide you through making this decision.
Infographic courtesy of Make a Website Hub. Photo of woman on computer courtesy of Shutterstock.
TopicsTools & Skills , Tech , Infographics , Tech Skills , Coding , Engineering @ The Muse , Engineering Career Advice , Learning to Code
Neely is a Full Stack Engineer at The Muse. She loves being inspired by great design, code, and movies. If she’s not developing or designing, she’s dancing, binge watching shows years after everyone else has watched them, or exploring the Big Apple one comedy show at a time.More from this Author