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Not a Techie? Here's Why You Should Learn to Code Anyway

Computer Science Education Week is wrapping up this weekend, and if you're in a non-computer science field, but computer science, particularly learning to code, is becoming important to all of us, in every type of job.

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"As we're progressing through a digital era, fewer and fewer jobs aren't touched by technology," says Jason Whitt, Geek of All Trades at Geek Powered Studios, in an interview with Career Bliss.

If you work in an office, in particular, you're almost guaranteed to be using some sort of software on a daily basis, even if it's just Microsoft Word or Excel. Understanding how these programs function will make you better at your job, and happier doing it. (Nothing like getting the basics of how a system might malfunction to make you feel empowered during a software outage.)

In addition, there are several other reasons why coding is important to non-techies:

1. It looks good on your resume.

Even if code seems totally unrelated to your job history or career goals, it shows a certain fearlessness and curiosity that employers look for in their hires. Just make sure you don't claim to be proficient, if you're just a beginner.

2. You'll be able to talk to the actual techies at work.

If you're like most non-technical folks, you have no idea what the developers are saying. Heck, you barely understand what the tech support people are saying, and they're dealing with equipment you use every day.

Learning how to code will familiarize you with the lingo -- and more importantly, the way of thinking -- employed by the techies at your job.

3. You could love it.

How did you find your present career? Probably by accident. If you've never tried to learn code before, you might find that you're not only good at it, but that you also really enjoy it. And that opens up a whole new realm of job possibilities.

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