The most in-demand jobs today are in IT, like web developer, digital analyst and programmer. It makes sense, the technology industry is evolving and expanding so quickly that the supply of skilled employees can’t keep up with the demands of companies. I’m sure you’ve thought it would be a smart career move to go into IT, and there are no shortage of positions waiting for you in your new career path. But how do you get there?
There is no one course you can take to have all the skills for a job in this field, but HTML is a great first building block. And it’s relatively easy to learn compared to other coding languages.
What Is HTML? (I’m Glad You Asked…)
HTML is not a programming language. The difference between a markup language and a programming language is whether the code prompts an action or not. HTML and CSS simply tell a browser what elements there are and how they should appear to the end user, but HTML is not what brings you to another page when you click a link on that page. A programming language actually tells the browser what to do when a user takes a certain action, like clicking on the search button, which would then tell the program to crawl for search results and display them. HTML just tells the browser that a search button is there and how it should look.
Why Do You Need It Then? Do You Really Need Write Your Own To Code?
HTML is also a very useful skill for lots of different professions in many fields, not only in IT. You could become a user interface (UI) or user experience (UX) web designer or developer. You could use HTML as a digital marketer, or an SEO expert, or any front-end web-related career. Any job to do with a website (or email) can benefit from knowing at least a little bit of HTML, and every company in the world now uses at least a website as a key marketing tool. Even if you are working as a graphic designer, if you add in HTML knowledge and the ability to code your own designs for the web, you’ve made yourself more valuable to a prospective employer.
So How Can You Learn HTML?
There’s no better way to learn a coding language than on a computer! (Obviously.) But seriously, there are so many options online for learning HTML, whether you want just the basics to do some light editing on your Wordpress site, or advanced HTML skills to code a specific project from scratch.
You can definitely find free courses that cover the essentials of HTML and CSS, and that should be enough for a light user. If you are a marketer who is using a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor like Dreamweaver to create your emails, you could take a basic course so you can add a bit more customisation to your emails. It can also come in handy when there’s an issue or error, so you can just take a look at the code and fix it yourself. You don’t even need to write code for the most part, just knowing enough to spot an issue in existing code can save you from contacting your IT department for every little thing.
If you want to go on to become a web developer or programmer, then you really do need to learn the ins and outs. A web development certification course would cover everything you need to know to create websites from scratch, and also introduce some simple programming that you would need to be successful in that career. That is not to say that web developers don’t use WYSISYG editors as well; any tools that save time are useful for any professional. But knowing HTML does allow greater flexibility to customise for your clients if you feel comfortable to do some coding of your own, which equals a higher salary for you.
What Else Can You Do With HTML?
Almost every business has a website these days. All of those websites need HTML. And all of that HTML needs someone to create it, maintain it, and update it.
I’ve already mentioned UI and UX web designers and developers. In India, someone with 1-4 years of experience could expect Rs. 2.5 – 7 lakh per annum. Once you are a more experienced employee, Rs. 8 – 15 lakh per annum is possible, and this is an industry that is always hiring so you can be sure you will get the necessary experience. You will need to learn a bit of coding and have some creativity on top of your HTML skills, but the needs are not as technical as those of a programmer or other computer scientist.
Entrepreneurs of any industry would also greatly benefit from HTML skills. In the initial stages of your company, chances are you are trying to save as much money as possible. Being able to code your own website and emails will save you money and time since you won’t be relying on outside consultants or contractors. You may want your initial design to be done by a professional, but it will help you be more knowledgeable about what you are paying for, and enable you to make changes you want.
Marketers, graphic designers and copywriters should learn HTML so they can code their own emails, designs and posts. This might be a requirement for a freelancer or entrepreneur, but might also just be a nice bonus when you’re working in a larger company. Why overload the development team when you can use your HTML skills to code your work exactly how you want it? Even if you are able to send this type of work to your development team, it’s nice to know you can fix something easily yourself.
Lastly, programmers and learners in computer science absolutely need HTML. If you are interested in really taking the plunge into the IT world, you will need to know how to understand and code in this language before going on to learn other computer languages. It is a the foundational language most IT professionals learn first, and it teaches you how to structure your thoughts properly for most programming languages you will learn afterwards.
HTML has been around for a while (current version is HTML5), and given that almost all web pages use it, it will be around for quite a while yet. While there have been updates over the years, it is still one of the most used coding languages out there. If you are interested in exploring a career with the web or IT in general, this is where you should start. Happy learning!