Why Teachers Make Great Software Engineers

By Jes­si­ca Mitsch Homes ● November 22, 2022

The number of open positions throughout the tech industry has remained strong in 2022. In October alone, there were over 85,000 job postings for software developers and engineers in the United States. Regardless of the recent layoffs at major tech companies, the job market looks promising, especially as companies begin budgeting for next year. It is expected that an increasing number of job postings will emerge in the next few months, which is why now is the perfect time to capitalize on this opportunity and make the career change to tech. 

When considering switching career paths, individuals tend to overlook transferable skills they may already possess. Teachers, for example, are equipped with many skills needed to succeed as software engineers: problem-solving, time management, communication, the ability to learn, and more. The classroom environment is also comparable to life as a software engineer, with unpredictable challenges and a need for flexibility. Above all, becoming a software engineer does not happen overnight, and no one has more patience than teachers. 

The biggest advantage of making the career switch from teacher to engineer is having a continuous-learner mindset. Technology is an ever-changing field, and being flexible and adaptable are two of the most important skills needed for both professions. In addition, teachers know how to interact with others. As a teacher, you must be a good communicator who does not get overwhelmed by new problems. After all, it is more difficult to teach soft skills, like “people skills,” than it is to teach concepts, software, and programs. Having intrapersonal skills is essential, as almost all developers work on teams and need to be able to interact, communicate, and support one another.

Here is what former teacher and Momentum graduate, Chloe Mintel, had to say about switching to tech: 

"Coding has ignited an interest in me I didn't know existed. I never knew I could have a passion for my career but Momentum helped me find my place in the tech world and now I love what I do!"

If you are not happy in your current teaching career, now is the perfect time to find a new passion in tech. Making a career change is not as hard as it seems, especially considering the transferrable skills that you bring to the table and the need for talent as we enter the new year. Contact our team today to learn more about our upcoming software engineering course beginning January 17th.