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If you’ve always wanted to learn Python programming but can’t figure out how to get started, this guide is for you. Here, you’ll learn more about the various ways to learn Python programming, free resources to take advantage of, and some of the many careers that commonly use Python programming.
Python has emerged as one of the most popular general-purpose programming languages worldwide. While Python is the language of choice for many Data Scientists and Data Analysts, it’s also essential for Web Developers and Software Developers. Python’s easy-to-use frameworks and libraries contribute to its success, and the worldwide community of Python pros ensures that novices can always find assistance.
The essential language ranks within the top three among those learning to code, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the average growth for Web Developers will be 13% from 2020 to 2030. Many of these jobs require Python programming skills. Other fields requiring Python include data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML).
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Python is a high-level programming language with numerous applications. Its ease of use and scalability make it a popular choice among Back End Developers, Game Developers, and Software Engineers, among others. Companies ranging from Disney to JPMorgan Chase and Comcast need Python development pros for tasks like developing software, testing automation code, and developing back end elements in coordination with Front End Developers.
The most common areas for Python programming experts to find employment include:
Python sits atop many online lists as the most popular programming language in the world, especially for development. Along with Java and C, Python will no doubt continue its reign, thanks to its easy syntax and large worldwide developer community. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 20% increase in job growth for Software Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts, and Testers between 2021 and 2031.
Web Developers use Python with Django for front-end and back-end programming, Software Developers use it for process control and testing, and Game Developers use a range of libraries and frameworks to build games in Python. In data science, tech pros use Python for deep learning and data visualization, among other uses.
A complete list of professions that use Python is beyond the scope of this article, but some of the top roles for Python users include:
Whether you plan to be a Web Developer or a Software Engineer, as an essential skill, you can’t do better than Python.
Python is a programming language with a diverse range of uses, particularly when you account for the amount of different libraries and frameworks available within the language. Learning Python fundamentals like scripts, variables, and modules will prepare you for learning frameworks like Web2Py and Pyramid and libraries like Scikit-learn, NumPy, and PyTorch. As companies in virtually every sector become more data-driven, the need for Python pros increases. Whether you plan to work in finance, manufacturing, or media, Python programming skills can help you excel.
Today Python is in-demand not only for Python Developers, Software Engineers, and Game Developers but also for Data Scientists, Cybersecurity Analysts, and Business Analysts. Companies even expect Python development professionals outside the data science realm to have skills like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning. Owing to this significant increase in demand, there’s never been a better time to start learning about Python—especially if you plan to work in web or app development.
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While many professions require Python programming skills, the number of training alternatives isn’t nearly as broad. Most people begin with one of the following options to learn Python programming:
Live Python programming coursework offers the highest level of engagement. From short courses like Noble Desktop’s Python for Automation to immersive programs like their Python Developer Bootcamp, live education provides the most bang for your training buck Since these classes place students alongside expert instructors, these classes will set students up for long-term success. Virtual live classes via teleconferencing deliver benefits comparable to in-person training, but you don’t have to drive to another location to learn Python and other tools like Django, Git, and SQL.
On-demand training is another option, though typically not at the same level as full-length bootcamps or certificate programs. These courses often serve as appropriate introductions to Python programming. Beginner-level topics include Making a Twitter Bot in Python and Exchanging Excel for Python. Despite many on-demand classes being beginner-friendly, many do have prerequisites, including existing Python knowledge, so students will want to check before enrolling in a class.
Free online resources also offer students a way to start learning Python programming. You can begin with Noble Desktop’s Intro to Python Fundamentals or Intro to SQL, as SQL is essential to Python development. Or you can check out Noble’s Blog and YouTube channel for additional free resources. These resources won’t replace professional skills instruction, but they are an excellent place to start.
If you’re not yet ready to dive into an immersive bootcamp or certificate program, you can still get an overview of Python programming. You can start learning Python programming online with a course like Noble Desktop’s Intro to Python Fundamentals. In this free introductory course, you’ll learn fundamentals like:
With this webinar under your belt, you may want to continue with a more intensive program like Noble’s Python Developer Certificate, Python Programming Bootcamp, or FinTech Bootcamp. Additional options include Create Your First Python Program from UST and Computer Science: Programming with a Purpose from Princeton University.
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Strictly speaking, there are no prerequisites to learning Python programming. You can prepare for training by:
To learn Python programming while getting practical experience, consider enrolling in a bootcamp or certificate program. These high-level courses provide training from experts who can help you navigate Python libraries and frameworks while preparing you for an entry-level position.
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Python is essential to a number of different computer science processes, ranging from web development and cybersecurity to data analysis. Comparing and contrasting Python with other programming languages involves industry-specific discussions beyond the scope of this article. For practical reasons, you should learn about the main programming languages people typically compare with Python—Java, Ruby, and C.
Of these, Java may be the most often compared. Back End Developers can use Java or Python, but new users tend to find Java more challenging to learn than Python. Whereas Python is an object-oriented language, Java is a more general-purpose programming language. Both can be useful in development, but Python gets much more usage than Java in data science and analytics.
For a comprehensive guide to start learning Java, check out the Learn Hub from Noble Desktop.
To decide the best way to learn Python programming, the most important thing to consider is how and where you want to use the knowledge and experience gained from training. You will also want to consider how much time and money you plan to invest in your training. If you don’t want to spend money upfront, consider watching free tutorials or webinars. These can be perfect introductory material and prepare you for more in-depth training.
Want to learn Python programming to launch a development career or advance from a current position? A bootcamp that features Python or includes it as part of a broader curriculum can work well. Consider enrolling in the Python Programming Bootcamp or Python Web Development with Django from Noble Desktop. Check listings for more information, including prerequisites.
If you want to master the skills required to become a Python Developer, Noble’s Python Development Certificate offers targeted training. Students can save by attending this program, which combines the Python Programming and Python Web Development with Django bootcamps.
Of course, your situation may include additional factors, like budget, whether you prefer to learn online or in person. Check all listings carefully before you decide.
Noble Desktop offers numerous options for those looking to learn Python programming, both in-person and live online over teleconferencing applications like Zoom. They also provide a host of free resources online, including tutorials, seminars, and blog posts.
Those interested in Python for development should consider one of the following options:
Additional programs that may be of interest to Python developers include:
Those interested in Python for data science can get their training through multiple Noble Desktop programs, including:
Python for Finance and FinTech programs include:
Python for Cybersecurity programs include:
Noble Desktop’s bootcamps and certificate programs earn high marks from graduates. They are available live online or in-person in New York City. Additional perks include a Certificate of Completion upon graduation and free retakes for up to one year. Many certificates and bootcamps also feature 1-on-1 mentoring; check course descriptions for more details, including any prerequisite information.
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