LearnTech Industry Perks – Job Security

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Mary McPherson
writes on June 11, 2015

It’s said that nothing in life is certain, except for death and taxes.

That’s a grim outlook, isn’t it? For the foreseeable future, you can add “high demand for web developers” to that list. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 20% increase in web developer jobs by 2020. This means that those who code are benefitting from job security and can choose from a wide array of employers and positions.

You may not immediately equate the tech industry, which is currently full of short-lived start-ups, with strong job security. But in reality the industry has an insatiable need for qualified talent. A person may not necessarily work for one company for a decade at a time, as in years past, but they can easily find a new position as long as they have the right skills.

So, job security can be interpreted in two ways:
1. You are too valuable to lose your current job, and will survive employee cuts.
2. Even if you do lose or leave your current job, you can find another position to fill relatively easily.

But the tech industry is a living, breathing thing.

Skills that are deemed absolutely necessary are constantly changing and evolving. You should expect to need ongoing education in order to stay relevant and competitive. But that’s a good thing, right? One common trait among web developers and designers is the desire to problem-solve and learn.

Obviously Treehouse is one way to help keep your professional skills sharp, but we know there are more. What do you do to stay up to date?

2 Responses to “Tech Industry Perks – Job Security”

  1. I agree that staying up to date is extremely difficult and offering your services free from time to time can help you be in the know so to speak

  2. One of the benefits of being in this industry and using a service like Team Treehouse is the additional job security that you also get for being ahead of the curve as new technologies come out. Successfully implementing something like a Git and Continuous Integration service within an organization that previously did not have such a tool provides such an awesome level of job security.

    It is extremely difficult to stay up to date, so it is important to follow blogs that talk about whatever technology you are working with, but chances are that will still not be enough. I’ve found that I have to set a certain amount of time per day and make sure I am actively learning something new, which is easier said than done, especially with life getting in the way of learning.

    I try to volunteer as much as possible since working for free has the trade off of more control over the project (usually). In doing so I am able to take a new technology and freely experiment with it. Sometimes all it takes is creating a problem to solve and using something new to solve it.

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