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Code.org Video: You Know Coding Is Cool Because Zuckerberg, Gates, Will.i.am And Chris Bosh Say So

02/27/2013 11:29 am ET | Updated Feb 28, 2013

If you're dissatisfied with your dead-end job, watching this new Code.org video might push you over the edge and have you quitting before the end of the work day. The way professional coders like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates (who have made billions typing out ones and zeros) talk about it, coding is the most creatively fulfilling job you could have.

The video, posted by the computer education nonprofit Code.org, features shots of Facebook's incredible offices and cameos from Miami Heat center Chris Bosh and The Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am. (Money quote from the singer: "Great coders are today's rockstars.") It's all quite glamorous, and it's a far cry from the "code monkey" image that some Americans probably have of coders. Computer programmers are no longer wearing suits and languishing in cubicles, they're running around Facebook's gorgeous Menlo Park campus wearing hoodies, instead, and making tons of money.

The reality is that coding is generally not much more glamorous than any other job, but it's also not a career path that many young people consider. Making computer engineering alluring certainly can't hurt, especially since there seems to be so many vacant coding jobs out there.

With that in mind, the video saves their most important point for last: "1 million of the best jobs in America may go unfilled... because only 1 in 10 schools teach students how to code." Code.org promotes free online coding programs and encourages people to fight to get coding taught in schools across America.

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