Computer Programming Courses

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As the field of website design expands, developers have become responsible for many areas, including writing content, graphics, template layout, and online marketing. Beyond a thorough background in HTML5 and CSS, employers also demand developers to master other programming languages, such as JavaScript and PHP/MySQL. Given the technical nature of computer programming, about 1 in 7 developers were self-employed in 2015, at an average annual wage of $64,970. Further, job opportunities are projected to grow by 27% over the coming decade.

It’s a good idea to compare all schools in your area, as well as consider taking some of your classes online to save on tuition fees. By continuing your education, you can improve your salary prospects or train for a more interesting position. Financial aid deadlines are typically scheduled well in advance of regular admission dates, so be sure to apply early. You may request free information from several different schools, before making a commitment.

The skill-set for making websites doesn’t change much over time, but other critical areas such as software development, search engine optimization (SEO), and dynamic optimization, are constantly shifting as new tools become available. Success in website design is largely governed by two factors, visitor traffic, and sales conversions. How many of the right people can you attract to your site, and how many of those people can you persuade to take the action that you want them to take? A good portfolio often is the deciding factor in getting a website design job.

Modern programming is becoming less about knowing how to program, and more about sourcing code snippets, and accessing software libraries. Google recently opened their Google Apps and APIs to developers, and the US government has literally thousands of free datasets to download which can be used commercially without a license.