Learning to code has lots of benefits. Aside from the obvious (like being able to build websites and web applications), coding skills can make you stand out when it comes to looking for career opportunities. EVEN for positions that don’t involve writing code on the day-to-day. Or at all!

As Skillcrush says: Digital skills are job skills. And that’s the truth!

Before diving into all the job possibilities that having coding skills open up for you, let me give you a quick example of how I used my new coding skills to get non-coding jobs.

Non-coding jobs I landed because I could code

Most of the non-coding opportunities that came up because of my skills relate to writing or marketing.

One example is my work for Josh Owens. Josh is a prominent figure in the Meteor.js community. (Meteor.js is an “open source platform for building web and mobile apps in pure JavaScript”). He hosts the Meteor podcast, teaches online courses about Meteor, and helps startups build Meteor applications. (Not to mention that, once upon a time, he was a Rails Core Contributor!)

I first connected with Josh on Twitter, where many great professional relationships begin. A little Twitter banter and a few emails later, I mentioned my copywriting experience (Read: pre-coding skill). This casual mention led to helping Josh on writing projects like this one.

While none of the work I’ve done for Josh involved actually writing a line of code, knowing about JavaScript, how full-stack frameworks work, and dabbling in Meteor myself made it possible for me to do the job well.

And there are other instances like this one, where knowing how to code helped me land gigs that don’t involve writing actual code. (For instance, my recent position as the Tech Careers Expert for about.com.)

True, most of the work I get relates to writing. But there are a plenty of other fields and positions where knowing how to code can make you stand out. Here are 9 examples you should check out:

Remember: when applying to jobs you don’t have to meet every requirement. In fact, if you do, you are probably over-qualified. Think of job descriptions as an HR managers wish list. It is recommended that you meet about 80% of the requirements.

Still, keep in mind that rules are meant to be broken. And everything is situational. If there’s a job you think you’d be perfect at, and you only meet 70% of the listed skills — I say go for it.

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