Building Apps: The Next Blue Collar Job Boom

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Building Apps: The Next Blue Collar Job Boom


Think of the prototypical mobile developer, and you might imagine a Starbucks-swilling hipster building apps and living the good life in Silicon Valley. Someone white collar and highly educated, or who dropped out of an Ivy League college to make a fortune.

But according to a Wired article, The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the article says, Silicon Valley is home to only eight percent of the country’s coders. Many of the rest of them do work that’s more akin to blue-collar work,  learning  more basic skills like JavaScript for building apps.

The article points to a coder named Devon, who works maintaining a security-software service in Portland, Oregon, as being a perfect example of this. His father was a blue-collar worker, and to a certain extent Devon is as well, working a regular, 40-hour-a-week job and getting paid a reasonable wage for it.

The profile of people building apps is changing.

The profile of people building apps is changing.


The author of the article, Clive Thompson, notes that politicians constantly complain about the loss of blue collar jobs.  He then asks, “What if the next big blue-collar job category is already here—and it’s programming? What if we regarded code not as a high-stakes, sexy affair, but the equivalent of skilled work at a Chrysler plant?”

Thompson adds that students can get coding training at inexpensive community colleges rather than expensive four-year schools. Workers in mid-career can attend training programs that last several months, such as Dev Bootcamp. He writes, “These sorts of coders won’t have the deep knowledge to craft wild new algorithms for flash trading or neural networks. Why would they need to? That level of expertise is rarely necessary at a job.”

Thompson says that more and more people are getting this kind of training, especially in areas of the U.S. that have been hit hard by deindustrialization. In Kentucky, for example, former coal miner Rusty Justice co-founded Bit Source, a development company that gets its developer staff by retraining coal miners to become programmers.

How Anyone Can Become a Mobile Developer

None of this is new to us here at Alpha Software. We’re big believers that a wider range of upeiple - beyond traditional developers - can learn to build great mobile and web apps. That’s where Alpha Anywhere comes in. With it, people of all skill levels can quickly become proficient at building apps that run across all devices, without previous training.

To learn more about how you can easily build your own mobile apps with Alpha Anywhere, click here.

If you’d like to find out how you can get training to learn how to build mobile apps with Alpha Anywhere, click here.
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About Author

Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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