Computer programming language is no longer geek speak to the rest of us. With the advent of the Internet, simple programming languages such as HTML and XML are now accessible to the every day user who’d like to build their own website. More and more people are shunning the trained computer programmer with his pricey cost tag and turning to the bookshelves and online do-it-yourself training programs to learn Frontpage and DreamWeaver.
But has computer programming language really gone mainstream? Newer computers, faster applications and the speed of technology makes it difficult for your average Joe to keep up. Although the job outlook for computer programmers is lower than usual, we have to remind ourselves that we are no longer in the ’90′s boom. Job growth is still steady in this sector and beginning salaries are still high which means that the computer programmer is still in demand.
And while the computer programmer may not be in demand for simple script operations for web applications such as HTML and XML, good programmers for other computer programming language such as C++, Java, SQL and Ruby are still in high demand. Programmers who are fluent in multiple computer programming language are especially dear to employers and programmers who are smart enough to learn several languages rather than specializing in just one will quickly find a job.
One factor limiting the job growth in this sector is the outsourcing of programming to computer programmers in other countries such as India. Many computer programmers find that they can count on steady freelance work rather than a job within a company. This requires the programmer to have other business skills such as marketing, accounting and networking in order to run his or her own computer programming language company or consultation firm.
Still, computer programming language has become a skill that is being taught in many charter schools and within many pre-high school camps. Soon, there will be a generation of students who are familiar with current computer programming language and will be using it as part of their mainstream lives.