A quick scroll through any “Economy” section of the online news or newspaper will reveal that the job market isn’t so hot at the moment. Or you could just check your wallet and find out the same thing. People live in fear of losing their jobs, or in a constant state of panic over how they will manage to stretch their paycheck once again. This bleak outlook is compounded by the infuriating fact that many of us in this situation have hard earned college degrees, as well as mountains of unforgivable student loan debt. It’s clear why many of us are looking for alternative (and supplemental) ways to earn money.
Computer programming is a hot skill these days. Many of today’s job sectors are reducing their workforce. However, in the tech sector, companies are having trouble filling jobs because there are not enough qualified candidates. Most of those tech jobs involve some knowledge of computer programming basics. The tech sector, according to the BLS, is going to grow much faster than many of the segments of the economy. So if you want to make it easier for yourself to find a job, one of the best ways to do it is to learn computer programming. No, you won’t need to be good enough to work at Amazon or Google, but you can if you wan’t. And no, you don’t need to pay to learn computer programming. Here are five places online where you can learn computer programming for free (or relatively inexpensive):