Transitioning from the military can be hard and many veterans find their skills don’t easily translate to civilian careers. The good news is there are tools and resources to help you learn in-demand coding languages that can completely change your life. Here are our top 3 reasons veterans should learn to code.

Reason 1 – Code the future

If you’re unfamiliar with software development, it involves the use of “code,” also called programming or coding languages. There are various coding languages you can learn and each one offers different, but equally valuable skills that can help you create the future.

What do coders do?

From day to day you will work on unique projects depending on your skill set. For instance, you might learn HTML/CSS and build small business websites, or you could learn Python and build the next YouTube. Maybe you learn Swift language and code an Apple gaming app that gets played by millions of people.

One of the biggest complaints non-techies have is that software they want doesn’t exist. But when you learn to code you don’t have that problem. Whatever technology you imagine becomes something you can build. With skills in software development you can literally create the future and that’s probably the single biggest reason veterans should learn to code.

Reason 2 – Work with the best companies

Whether you code mobile apps, websites or something more advanced (like the next VR system), coding skills put you at the top of the list for high-paying companies all over the world.

It’s not easy to find skilled developers because the technological landscape changes fast. Plus, outsourcing projects to software agencies can be extremely expensive. That’s why big companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and others are happy to pay huge salaries even for entry-level developers.

We’ll talk more about that in a minute, but for now just know that when you learn to code you instantly stand out as a top candidate for virtually any company you’ve ever wanted to work for.

Reason 3 – Earn a lot of money fast

Speaking of salaries, let’s talk pay. Many veterans leave the military and try to put their experience to use. Some of those veterans find jobs in the local economy.

It’s true you could apply your M1 Abrams skills for $15/hour at your local oil change shop. You could use your C-17 Loadmaster knowledge and toss bags for $26k a year at the airport. But why would you do that when you could learn a few weeks of code and pick up jobs closing in on six figures per year? That’s right, six figures.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for Web Developers is around $70,000 with job growth expected at 13% (much faster than average) through 2028. Software Developers can expect to earn closer to $105,000 with job growth projected at 21% through 2028.

Since coders are in-demand and hard to come by, even veterans with entry-level skills land top positions. For instance, did you know that 80% of students with no prior coding experience land salaries of $76,000 within 180 days after training with us?

Skip the line and go straight to the top.

You don’t have to be a nerd to learn to code. Nearly any veteran can learn in-demand coding skills in just 14 weeks (about as long as basic combat training). Plus, you can use G.I. Bill and other funding options so you don’t have to pay for it yourself.

You don’t need a degree or any previous experience. All you need to secure your future is a good attitude, a willingness to learn, and to get trained by experienced instructors who can teach you how to code. Do that and you can transition into a career that most people only dream of.

Think about that for a moment. Instead of battling against an army of candidates for entry-level jobs, why not learn to code and find rewarding work that will change your life forever?

If that’s something you want to do, click here to apply and see how Veteran Transition Mission can help.