You’ve spent years honing your craft as a software developer. Maybe you earned a computer science degree, attended a coding bootcamp, or were self-taught. You’ve picked up new languages, code libraries, and frameworks. In short, you know your stuff.
Then along come low-code development platforms that claim to allow “anyone” to become a developer. You may have started to wonder, “Will low-code replace developers?”
Let’s be clear upfront: low-code will not replace high-code developers working in languages like Java, C++, or Python. Citizen developers won’t replace senior developers with decades of experience or even junior developers with a year or so on the job. Though low-code is for every developer, it’s actually especially useful for professional high-code developers. Low-code makes building applications far faster—and who needs time savings more than IT developers working on mission-critical apps? Think of low-code as one more powerful tool in your software development toolkit. Low-code can make your life as a developer easier (and your job more enjoyable, more lucrative, and more successful).
Don’t fear low-code—embrace it. Here are five reasons why:
Industries are still facing a software developer shortage, with businesses hiring for more positions than they can fill. Low-code platforms can support software developers by letting them produce applications and features faster, mitigating some of the overwhelm they may be feeling due to labor shortages.
So rest assured, software developer jobs are here to stay. Don’t worry about losing out to a citizen developer. Instead, try embracing low-code—your job satisfaction and career prospects will likely thrive in response.
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