No-Code Careers

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We at Airdev believe that a no-code developer will be one of the fastest growing careers in the next decade for two reasons:

1. It has a significantly lower learning curve than coding, and

2. There’s a skills mismatch that currently exists between demand for software developers and their supply. 

We see it firsthand within our own company. People from all sorts of backgrounds and locations are abandoning their previous careers to build software professionally for companies ranging from small startups to large enterprises. We expect hundreds of thousands of people to do the same soon. 

No-code developer jobs: What are current career options?

There are a few paths already available for finding no-code developer jobs and making a living doing it as a professional. These include:

  1. Finding freelance work yourself:
    The easiest way to get started is to try to find clients yourself, through freelance sites, your personal/professional network, forums, etc. 

    This can be a good idea because:
    - You fully control how you work (as long as you clear it with your client)
    - You can choose how much to charge for your services

    This can be less desirable because:
    - You have to do all the roles yourself (marketing, sales, product management, development, design, QA) and might not be able to focus on the kind of work you enjoy the most
    - You may be on the hook with the client if anything goes wrong
    - Workload can be unpredictable as you juggle sales with execution
  1. Working through a no-code agency like Airdev:
    Once you’ve mastered a tool like Bubble, you may be able to join an agency like Airdev and receive projects through them.

    This can be a good idea because:
    - You’ll get access to a much higher caliber of projects than you’re likely to get on your own
    - You can focus on the work that you enjoy best instead of having to do everything yourself
    - You get a team that you work with and a strong support system behind you
    - Liability is assumed by the agency instead of you
    - If you do a good job you’ll likely receive a steady, predictable stream of projects
    - Working with a top-rated agency gives you credibility for the future

    This can be less desirable because:
    - You don’t get to keep all of the money that the agency charges clients for your work
    - You don’t get to showcase the exact clients that you worked on to the world (though you can usually describe them in general terms)
  1. Getting a full time job as an in-house developer:
    The opportunities to become an in-house no-code developer at a company are still quite rare but rapidly increasing.

    This can be a good idea because:
    - You’ll have a totally predictable income stream and and benefits
    - You’ll get to go really deep on a single product
    - You’ll work on a team with the same people, getting to know each other well

    This can be less desirable because:
    - Your work might be less flexible if you have to keep certain work hours, be in a certain location, etc.
    - Your financial upside would be limited
    - You might get bored working on a single product vs. multiple ones

No-code developer salary: How much can you earn?

This is probably the top question we hear from those who are looking at no-code careers. The answer depends on many factors, including skill level, how much you’re willing to work, and whether you work with a company like Airdev or venture out on your own. But we frequently see committed developers cross the 6-figure a year mark, often within less than a year of getting into the no-code world. All while keeping their own hours, living anywhere in the world, and enjoying their work

Which Tools Should You Focus on for a Successful No-Code Career?

If you’re thinking about turning no-code into a career, a question that you might have is what tool(s) you should learn. We believe that the greatest career opportunities lie with the most flexible tools, such as Bubble, which is the tool that we choose to focus on. That’s because:

  • They can be used to address more needs within companies
  • They are harder to learn, which means that those who master them can really stand out
  • They are the closest substitute to traditional software engineering

If you do decide to learn a tool like Bubble, you should expect to spend a few months working on it, day in and day out, until you’re ready to take on work for others.

Getting Started: How to Learn No-Code Development

The best way to get started on a professional no-code career is to just dive right into building something. It’s much easier to learn when you have something concrete in mind that you want to build, so we recommend picking a project and using that as a forcing mechanism.

As far as educational resources, there are many out there, including our very own free bootcamp that teaches you how to build web apps on Bubble and our Canvas framework that sits on top of Bubble.

Applying to be an Airdev partner

Our Partner Program is an elite community of no-code developers whom we staff on projects for clients small and large. If you’re finding that Bubble development is becoming your second nature and you’ve already built some impressive applications, you may consider applying to the program. Note that admission is highly competitive, so you should feel very confident with Bubble before applying.