Freecodecamp Uncovers The New Face of Coding

May 6, 2016

8:00 pm

Technology is more important than ever, which means that the demand for technical skills is on the rise. But for the average person, learning to code can be an intimidating process. Where do you even start? How do you find decent programs that speak in terms you can actually understand? And what if you’re a marginalized person – where do you find the support you need along with help to learn this new skill? Freecodecamp is actually taking these concerns to heart, In the New Coder Survey sent out by FreeCodeCamp, more than 15,000 people responded to answer two simple questions – “who are you and how are you learning to code“?

The survey was open to responses via a open GitHub repository. With 48 questions, the data gathered answered deeper than just the two main questions. In fact, as they wrote on their latest Medium post, Freecodecamp was able to answer:

How does the population density of a city affect attendance of coding events?
How does desire to work remotely affect getting a first developer job?
How does prior military service affect salary at a first developer job, country-by-country?

So Who Is The New Face of Coding?

Whether it’s because of the rising demand or the push for more diversity within the tech field as a whole, the answer to who is a coder is changing rapidly. Of the 15,655 respondents, 21 percent were women, with the average age of coders being 27. The majority of coders actually hadn’t begun that long ago – the average start time was 11 months prior to taking the survey. But even that hadn’t stopped the quality of work that they produced… 27 percent of respondents had already landed their first developer job.

Another interesting trend was that 40 percent of respondents either wanted to go freelance or start their own business. This shows a lot of the current workforce, as well as how workers are looking to apply their skills in a shifting economy, with a majority interested in remote working and relocation.

The results of the survey are telling to what kind of working climate we’re evolving into, as well as what kind of workers are emerging into the job market.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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