Really, times have changed. The emergence of the internet technology and its wide acceptance have revolutionised the world processes and norms. Becoming a millionaire in Nigeria is a matter of a few dollars.
I have seen students in high institutions who earn NGN150,000 (about $410) on a monthly basis. These students work at most 7-10 hours per week, while a graduate in Nigeria may earn NGN70, 000 working 8-10 hours a day. Don’t be alarmed that is nothing to compare with what other bloggers are earning, just that they wont tell you. To learn more about blogging, check out our blogging archives.
Times have changed and computers have taken over our planet:
- They are the ones working at the banks, you can count the number of tellers we have now
- They are the ones working at our industries in areas that demand high accuracy – where humans would be paid heavily if they were to occupy such offices, instead computerised machines are there.
- They are the ones in hospitals with a super knowledge based expert systems prescribing drugs for patients.
And the list goes on.
The truth remains that very soon, computers will rid men of their jobs and the only way you can make it or even earn a living in the world that is coming is not to learn how to be faster or smarter than the computer, or how to eradicate them from the earth for that is impossible. Instead you have to learn how to control them to do what you want them to do. How is this done? Programming. If you don’t learn how to control the computer it will control you.
Are you scared of programming? You don’t have to be. Programming is a useful skill for virtually anyone. It teaches you to think about how a process works. It teaches you to think about the steps that are needed to make a process happen and how to solve problems. It is probably the easiest thing you may ever learn. It is easier than mathematics. Its just a language, like any other language except that it is spoken by computers.
So now, we will be looking at the top 7 programming languages you can learn as a student.
I haven’t really gotten a hang of this but it is disputed to be be popular for system and network administrators and as a glue language. Perl dropped by about 3,000 job postings and stayed in seventh place in our analysis.
Being a web developer, I must say that no language have come so easily as PHP, it is a scripting language used on the server side, moved up to number six in our ranking over number nine last year. Most developers use PHP for web development, either to add functions that HTML can’t handle or to interact with MySQL databases.
C# (pronounced “C sharp”) went down slightly in demand this year. C# is an object-oriented programming language from Microsoft designed to run on Microsoft’s .NET platform and to make development quicker and easier than Microsoft’s previous languages. C# 7.2 came out in November, adding several new features geared towards avoiding unnecessary copying. C#, like C++, is heavily used in video game development, so any aspiring video game developers would do well to learn both of them.
Python grew in popularity by about 5,000 job postings over 2017. Python is a programming language that reads like normal speech. One rarely has to add comments to the code because Python code that is written well enough reads as if the comments are already included in the code. Many of the common functionalities that programmers need are already built into the programming language, which makes this a great language for kids to learn. It is a general-purpose programming language used for web development and as a support language for software developers. It’s also widely used in scientific computing, data mining and machine learning. The continued growth and demand for machine learning developers may be driving the popularity of Python.
Java decreased in popularity by about 6,000 job postings in 2018 compared to 2017, but is still extremely well-established. Java is over 20 years old, used by millions of developers and billions of devices worldwide, and able to run on any hardware and operating system through the Java Virtual Machine. All Android apps are based on Java and 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Java as a server-side language for backend development. Java Enterprise Edition 8 and Java 9 both launched in September 2017 as the Eclipse Foundation took over managing Java EE from Oracle.
The truth is becoming good at any of the programming languages listed above is enough to ensure your relevance in this century. So grab one today and become a millionaire tomorrow.
Do you have any experience with any of the languages listed, feel free to share in the comment box.