Six in 10 Students Think Coding Will Be a Competitive Advantage to Job Hunters; Only 23 Percent Know How to Code
Study shows 59 percent of students who don’t code would like to learn but haven’t had the opportunity
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19, 2014 – StudyMode, an ed-tech company dedicated to helping students succeed in school, today announced the results of its “Student Psyche Report” on students and coding, which asked approximately 1,000 StudyMode.com student members about their experience with computer programming. The study found that while 61 percent of students believe coding will be a competitive advantage when they are ready to find a job, less than one-quarter (23 percent) currently know at least one programming language, with the number dropping to one-fifth (20 percent) among high school students.
Among students who don’t know how to code, 59 percent said they’d like to learn how, but haven’t had the opportunity, and 30 percent said they’re just not interested in learning. Only 8 percent said they’d tried and found it too hard. Of those who do code, more than half (54 percent) learned in school, and three in 10 (30 percent) are self-taught.
Most students believe the jobs of the future will involve coding. Two-thirds (67 percent) think that some or almost all jobs will require coding by the time they’ve finished their education. When it comes to their own personal futures, however, students are less certain. Thirty-seven percent say it’s somewhat or very likely that their future careers will require coding, while 32 percent think it’s somewhat or very unlikely, and another 30 percent aren’t sure either way.
“I know from personal experience how important coding skills are in today’s world,” said StudyMode co-founder and CEO Blaine Vess. “I taught myself to code in college and today StudyMode.com and its sister sites help more than 90 million students each month. I’m glad to see that so many students today recognize its importance, and hope that number will grow in the future.”
Other StudyMode findings include:
- Across all educational levels, men are more likely than women to be coders—31 percent of male students said they know how to program, compared to just 18 percent of female students
- While 59 percent of student coders know how to develop for at least one mobile platform, only one quarter (25 percent) know how to develop for iOS—while 33 percent know how to develop for Android and 32 percent for Windows
- Nearly six in 10 (59 percent) learned to code between the ages of 11 and 18, with another 30 percent learning at age 19 or older. Five percent started early, at age 7 or younger.
- More than half of students who code (51 percent) say they learned because they enjoy it. A pragmatic 43 percent learned because they think it will be useful to their career.
In July 2014, StudyMode surveyed approximately 1,000 student members. The sample set represents males and females ranging from high school through college. Approximately 40 percent of respondents indicated they were in college; 34 percent indicated high school; 20 percent indicated graduate school and 6 percent indicated 8th grade or below. Respondents were predominantly female (57 percent).