It’s official– the novel coronavirus has changed the world. Across the globe, organizations are running to set up their remote capabilities and train employees on a new way of working, all in the name of pandemic prevention.
While most industries are just now learning to adapt to remote working, tech companies have long been leading the Work-From-Home game. Computer/IT continues to be in the top career fields for remote-friendly jobs. In fact, tech companies are actually thriving amid the coronavirus pandemic. Companies like Facebook and Amazon have seen record numbers in traffic and purchases. Microsoft reported a 40% jump in the number of users on its software, and people are using services like Netflix and YouTube more than ever. Big Tech companies, as well as industries like online learning companies and remote meeting and communication companies are still hiring, and with the boom of new users are in need of tech professionals.
As the world is changing, learning new skills is necessary to adapt. Anyone who is determined and has the right mindset can transition into tech careers. At Wyncode, our students graduate with the skills to become Full Stack Web Developers and UX/UI or Product Designers.
Employment of web developers is projected to grow 13% from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. With the growing demand for mobile and online services, these figures might even grow. Developers with 0-1 years of experience have an average salary of $66,372 in the U.S.
Similarly, the design industry as a whole is projected to grow by 10% or more in the next five years. Glassdoor rates UX managers in 19th place on the list of the top 25 highest paying jobs in America. Product Designers with 0-1 years of experience have an average salary of $71,518 in the U.S.
As tech companies are perfectly positioned to onboard new employees remotely, tech professionals get to enjoy the benefits of working remotely. Benefits to employees include:
People who work remotely at least once a month are 24% more likely to be happy with their jobs
66% of professionals think they would be more productive working remotely than in a traditional office environment
Employees who work from home at least 50% of the time can save between $2,000 to $6,500 annually
86% of people feel that working remotely reduces stress
Data also shows that employers benefit from having a remote workforce. Some benefits to employers include:
Companies that allow remote work have 25% lower employee turnover than those that don’t
Employers can save about $11,000/year for every person who works remotely half of the time
Employers are no longer limited to geographic location, but rather can hire the best talent for the job
Allowing employees to work in a way that suits them ultimately leads to more productive employees and company results
To learn more about this, we asked three Wyncode graduates that have a history of working remotely what their thoughts were. Here is what they said:
Joseph Ciancio, Full Stack Web Development C07
I’ve been working remotely for about a year and a half now. I don’t know if I could ever go back to working in an office. It’s nice to have the option to go into an office, which I do occasionally, but working from home means that work is a part of my life, not my entire life. I get to spend time with my partner and my dogs instead of leaving them alone. I save time and money by avoiding commuting during rush hours. For the most part, I get to choose my hours. It has also been very helpful during difficult times, especially recently, to be able to have a steady income while working from home. It takes some getting used to, but working remotely is the future.
Emilio Izquierdo, Full Stack Web Development C35
I began working remotely back in 2014. I was moving back down to South Florida and the company I was working for at the time offered to keep me on board while I figured things out. My relationship with that company turned into a B2B contract which ultimately expanded into multiple clients across different industries. The ability to spend more time exploring new technologies and helping others leverage them rather than spending that time commuting has been excellent. I am able to choose when to socialize and when to buckle down and increase my output, as the location where I work from depends on the tasks I have at hand.
Deanna Melin, Full Stack Web Development C05
I have been working from home for two years now and I absolutely love it. The company I work for, Nuro Retention, has quite a few remote employees and teams so the culture there does a good job of helping us all feel connected. For example, every Friday afternoon we have a “Water Cooler” video call where anyone that wants to can join and hang out together virtually. My favorite thing about working from home has been the small gains in my personal life that come from not commuting to an office. Not only do I gain back all the time that I would have spent commuting (hello extra sleep), but I find that I can make my breaks more productive. Instead of lingering around the office kitchenette or finding a coworker to distract when I need a break, I can do things like empty the dishwasher or take out the trash. It makes me feel more productive, and then there’s one less thing to worry about when I’m actually off!
With all the benefits of working remotely, it’s no wonder employees are making the best of it around the world. If you are interested in kickstarting your remote career and learning more about transitioning into tech, reach out to our Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.