In the next ten years, a million and a half jobs will need to be filled in the computer science industry. Between programmers, engineers, and administrators, the job growth in the computing industry is anywhere from twelve to thirty percent.
Employers say that they cannot find employees who have the computer skills needed to succeed in their workplace. This trend is expected to only get worse, with three times as many job openings as there are qualified persons to fit them.
Only one in four students in high school can take a computing class. At the university level, only one in ten schools have computer-programming courses. Less than one in forty students graduate with a degree in computer science at the same time that there is a crucial labor shortage.
It is time to start teaching our students to code. Code.org wants all teachers to sign up for The Hour of Code coming in December. Teaching kids to code does not mean you have to be an expert- read Dave Guymon’s post that went live today, Teaching Students to Code With PowerPoint. Look at the infographic below to see why this is all so important.