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We live in a digital world. Someone’s got to build it. And for students who learn to write computer code, the opportunities are significant—and not necessarily in the areas you would expect.

Burning Glass is conducting research on the value of coding as a skill in the job market for Oracle Academy, which today announced a $200 million commitment to the White House Computer Science for All initiative. The infographic below shows some of the early findings of that research, including:

  • Coding jobs are projected to grow faster than jobs in general, or even IT jobs;
  • Coding jobs pay an average of $22,000 per year more than other “career track” positions; and,
  • Jobs across a wide range of careers demand coding skills.

That is one of the most intriguing findings from our research so far: the need to actually program a computer, as opposed to merely using one, has spread far beyond computer science. Careers from engineering to art and design demand the use of programming. So students with all kinds of different ambitions may want to understand what’s going on behind the keyboard.

The full research report is expected to be released next month.

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Dan Restuccia is Chief Analytics Officer at Burning Glass Technologies.