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Why Learn Python?

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Why learn Python? Known for its versatility and simplicity, Python is the number one programming language for both developers and beginners. Find out more.

In this blog we’ll run you through the five top reasons why you should be learning Python right now.

We will cover:

  • What is Python?
  • 5 Top Reasons to Learn Python

What is Python?

Python describes itself as an ‘interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics’.

In simpler terms, Python is a general purpose computer programming language that can be used to develop web and website applications, automate tasks and even carry out data analysis and visualisation. It is Python’s versatility and usability that makes it one of the most popular programming languages out there, and a great option for beginners.

In fact, Python is the most popular programming language among developers. It was created by Guido van Rossums in 1991 and was coined after the British comedy series’ Monty Python, as he was reading the scripts for Monty Python’s Flying Circus around the same time - just one of the many cool things about Python!

5 Top Reasons to Learn Python

1. Python is the Easiest Programming Language to Learn

The great thing about Python is that anybody can learn how to use it, even entry-level coders. Python uses very simple syntax that uses elements from natural English language, making it easier to write, read and learn.

This is now more important than ever, since a growing number of non-professionals are looking to expand their skill sets and learn how to code - whether that’s to meet the demand for developers in the professional world or to simply pursue their hobbies. This has been made possible with the new-found ease of access to (and endless supply of) online learning resources.

Cutting out all the unnecessary syntax and lines of code, makes Python an approachable language to get started with, in comparison to other languages, which may appear overwhelming - and time-consuming! For instance, what may take 4-5 lines of code in one language, only takes 1 line in Python.

Additionally, as an interpreted coding language, Python allows you to run each line of code after writing it, rather than other compiled languages, such as C++. This is particularly useful for beginners, as they can test their work and gain instant feedback, to make amendments where required and continuously improve.

Surveys reveal that Python is the number one language that developers want to learn, and it is easy to see why.

2. Python is the Most Versatile Coding Language

Python is the most versatile computer programming language, with a range of different functionalities, including:

  • Data mining
  • Data analytics
  • Data visualisation
  • AI and machine learning
  • Building apps
  • Web development and web application development
  • Developing games
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Data Engineering

These are just a few of the many capabilities of Python. As such, we are beginning to see Python being used across more and more industries, such as healthcare, finance, marketing and recruitment. So, whether you’re a creative, an accountant or a scientist, Python can become part of your day-to-day and help streamline your processes and make your life easier.

Python has a wide selection of libraries (over 125,000 and rising), which contain pre-written code, developed by other programmers, that you can draw upon and use for your own projects. Likewise, Python can be run alongside other coding languages, such as Java and C, giving it cross-channel functionality, and further expanding its uses.

3. Learning Python will Improve Your Job Prospects

As the fastest-growing computer programming language in the world, Python is also one of the most in-demand jobs. According to 2020 LinkedIn data, Python is the second most in-demand programming language, after Java.

Learning how to read and write Python will give you an advantage over other job candidates, and improve your employability. Best of all, it is a skill you can carry with you and apply to different industries.

Python’s growing popularity is also attributed, in part, to the rise in AI and machine learning. This means that you could see yourself making a real difference in the future of robotics and other exciting merging technologies.

Some of the top companies, including the likes of Netflix, Google and Facebook, are all on the lookout for Python pros, so now’s the right time to start learning.

4. You can Earn a Competitive Salary Working as a Python Developer

Software developers are one of the highest paying jobs in the UK, and Python Developers have one of the highest paying salaries compared to other programming languages. As a Python Developer, you can expect to earn a competitive salary of anywhere up to £105,000 with the right skills and experience.

It goes without saying, salaries will vary depending on your location, company, specialism, experience and other important factors.

5. Become Part of a Supportive Python Community

Computer programmers are often perceived as quiet, independent individuals and, although this may ring true for some, this is just a stereotype. A coder can be anyone, and many programmers are keen to socialise and learn from others.

Python has an active community where coders, of all levels, can contribute to forums, ask questions, plan local meet-ups and support one another. Github is a code hosting platform, where programmers from all over the world can come together and collaborate on projects.

With over 56 million users and over 2 million Python repositories on Github, it is safe t0 say that the Python community is alive and kicking.

Are you Interested in Learning Python?

If you’re interested in learning Python, there are a number of different routes you can take. Alongside working on your own personal projects and learning from experience, we recommend enrolling on an expert training course to fully get to grips with the language and get a head start in your career.

The FDM Technical Graduate Programme is a great opportunity to launch your career in coding, with expert, intensive training followed by a two-year placement working with our industry-leading clients. What are you waiting for? Enquire today.


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