How love and programmers will save the world
When we ask beginner programmers to describe a typical web developer, most of them imagine the Mark Zuckerberg-like type: a student outsider who codes brilliant applications as an attempt to get wealthy and make the world a better place.
This is nothing but a stereotype. Most programmers are ordinary people, scattered around big and small offices, developing the products we use every day. Perhaps some of them will create new applications and social networks, while others work every day to make our lives easier. What we know without a doubt is that the number of programmers grows every day. In 2015 alone, Ukraine’s IT schools trained 30 000 specialists, and, by the looks of things, this number will only continue to grow.
Seeing this hype around programmers, it’s easy to get skeptical: aren’t there enough programmers already? Fortunately, global technologies develop very fast, creating a massive demand for qualified specialists. The wave of IT has reached civil society by creating a stable middle class layer, and the benefits of working in information technology are obvious.
Becoming a programmer has become fairly easy. All you need is wanting to live a better life and 250 hours to spend on your training. It’s a stable profession with incomes above average and a to a high degree future-proof. For reference, the current average IT salary in Ukraine is $1800 a month, and many salaries go beyond that. The IT sector will continue to actively grow until 2024 and in many ways exceeds the growth of other sectors.
Of course not every programmer creates new algorithms for neural networks. But we live in a world where practically every field needs technical involvement: banks, government agencies and hospitals are only the start of the list.
The inevitable conclusion is that no business can live without (at least a small) team of programmers.
For example, the project “Hospital without lines” tries to simplify patients’ lives through a special IT system, which allows them to book appointments directly on their smartphones or computers. No more waiting in line! In an interview with Focus magazine, project manager Artur Berba said: “requests for technology at medical institutions in Ukraine have been around for long – from people, from doctors, even from the government.”
The automation of all spheres of our lives is inevitable, and now more than ever our society needs IT heroes. And those are not only Mark Zuckerberg.
The real heroes are the people who every day goes to work and codes our lives towards the better, whether it’s a food delivery system, bank service or convenient way to see the doctor.