In the technology world, knowing how to code is one of the best assets you can have. You hold the power to code any idea that you have. But what coding language is really the most ideal to learn for your child? There really is not an answer, but some languages are more fit for kids than others. Java is one of the best languages for kids to learn. Java is in very high demand, has very few limitations, and Java developers make lots of money. Java also has community support, is beginner-friendly, has staying power, and give you a competitive advantage.
Java is in high demand by big tech companies
According to recent studies from 2016-2019, Java is the number one most used coding language outnumbering C and even python. Although Python is the most used language as of 2020, Java is a very close second. Android also uses Java as its base language for its developer jobs, which rank in the Top 10. By allowing kids to learn Java at a young age, they retain the information for longer and allow themselves to be eligible for more jobs.
Java allows you to expand your creativity to the fullest
Java is known for its flexibility, security, and convenience to work on any operating system. Java is used by many companies in tech, government, finance, healthcare, insurance, and many more. These companies include Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google. Java runs on more than 3 billion devices throughout the world, the most out of all coding languages. Java is also used greatly for various purposes including technology, commerce websites, financial trading platforms, Gmail, and even or the Curiosity rover on Mars. It is beneficial for your kid to learn java so they can express their creativity in coding with such a diverse language.
Java allows developer to make a large sum of money
Entry-level java programmers make $50,000-$100,000 per year. As they gain experience for a few years, Java programmers can make anywhere from $60,000 to $120,000 annually. These salaries are a few thousand dollars higher than other coding language salaries. The earlier your kid starts learning java, the more it will help them in the future to get a high paying salary.
Java has a large, supportive community
While Java already has 9 million users and is the most searched language, it also has very helpful sites. Stack Overflow is a site where you can ask questions and get answers when you get stuck. On the site, the word ‘java’ is tagged over a million times. This can be helpful for kids for when they are stuck and do no have any help at home. GitHub is a site where you can look at code repositories. There are over a million with 68,000 active java coders. By having the opportunity to look at other code, kids can get inspired and widen their knowledge of the java language.
Java has staying power and is known as a core language
Even though it is tempting to make sure your child learns the most tech savvy and newest coding languages, it is more beneficial to learn a language with a solid foundation. Languages that are new are more likely to become outdated and of no use. By learning older languages that are widely used like Java, it is then easier to learn other languages that may be more complex or new. Both the AP and IB programs, and many colleges, teach and test in Java as well. Java is used in schools because of its versatility and doors it will open for your child in the future.
Java is very user-friendly, especially for kids
Originally, Java evolved from the coding languages C and C++. While Java has similar functions and methods, it is much easier to learn and is more user-friendly. Java automatically manages memory and pointers, so users do not have to. Java is also object oriented, meaning you code and control objects which model the system, making the coding process much easier to understand for kids and allows them to modify existing code easier.
Ray Kurzweil says, “The only second language you should really worry about your kids learning is programming."
Java gives kids a competitive advantage
According to recent coding camp research, 12% of coding bootcamps teach Java because of how much our industry uses Java. Knowing Java will also help your child be distinguished from other coders for programming jobs. When comparing non-Java CS university degree students and Java bootcamp students, there is one significant difference. Java bootcamp teaches kids more day-to-day used skills than universities. When having a CS job, employees value the work you can do at office over the credentials and degrees you have.
Is your child interested in Java?
If your child is interested in Java, make sure to sign them up for a few camps to help them get started. Here s Techno Smart Kids, we offer beginner, intermediate and expert Java classes. Check here for options to learn Java this summer. Contact us for private lessons.