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Do a lot of jobs require coding skill?

Do a lot of jobs require coding skills?

I have no ideas about my future job. I want some suggestion from other people.

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Lindsay’s Answer

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Building off of Fred's answer, computer technology literacy is increasingly more important. Being able to keep up with real time and asynchronous communications in tools like Slack/Microsoft Teams is crucial.

Coding is an option, but there are many technology opportunities that do not require it.

Remote work has changed the way that folks work together, so being able to communicate good tone over technological communications is a skill that can be built upon and important in any modern day role.
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Fred’s Answer

CODING skills - no.
COMPUTER skills - absolutely.

Almost any job will require you to use a computer in some fashion or another. You will be creating documents, files, presentations, reading emails and texts...
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Sara’s Answer

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Having coding skills or at the very least a basic understanding of coding is a definite plus for certain roles, but they are not needed for every role. Even being able to read the code would give you an advantage in many roles, but primarily in the tech industry.

While there are roles that require coding, there are so many roles where you get to work with or support those that are doing the coding/programming but you don't have to do it yourself.

We recommend you take a coding class to see if you even like it - this will help you decide if going into coding is right for you. As you are considering a career, take into consideration the things you are good at and also what you enjoy. This will help you determine what courses you should take or what way you'd like to take your career. Ultimately it's about finding what you're passionate about and following that.
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Ka’s Answer

Most jobs do not require knowledge of coding but computer and application fluency as Lindsay and Fred have mentioned. You'll be using Outlook, Teams, Excel, Word, Powerpoint or some version of them.

Technology is a wide and varied world and has many roles. Obviously, if you want to be on the technology engineering side, you will need coding knowledge. For others, it will be helpful but is not mandatory. You can take classes in different aspects of technology beyond coding such as user experience, product management and project management to find out where your interests are.
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