It’s never too late to start coding. To become a coder requires dedication and a practical mind. If you have such a disposition then you just might have what it takes regardless of your age. In fact, learning new things can happen throughout all stages of life. As reports in its recent article “How older people learn”, learning at an advanced ages makes the brain fit. You just have to have the will and ambition to go for it.

Now “Going for it” is a common trait found in U.S. Veterans. Veterans are natural go-getters. They also follow rules well and that makes for great coders because coding requires discipline and rule-following.

However, if learning to code isn’t your cup of tea, there are other options to break into the software development industry. So let’s get into it.

But first, there are some positions that have special requirements and responsibilities. They are clarified here by Elinext, a software development company with over two decades of operational history. O.K, now let’s get into it.

Below are the top 3 positions that are most likely to be suitable for older veterans.

  1. Program Manager –  As a U.S. veteran being a leader should come second nature to you.  Getting the job done is an everyday thing for our highly qualified veterans. Now while being a program manager in software development does not require you to know how to code it certainly does help.  Becoming a program manager may require a strong resume.  This also explains why this is a quality high paying job.

As a program manager, you would be responsible for the effective delivery of a product or program. In fact, you’d be responsible for multiple projects that make up the entirety of the program.

As a program manager, you are responsible for managing the daily ins and outs of the program. In essence, you manage the program by managing those who are under you actively taking care of each process and procedure of the program. You monitor the progress and make sure that the various goals of the various projects and programs are being met. You manage the risks and stakeholders that are involved. All in all, while this sounds like a huge mountain climb, the rewards far outweigh the hard work it takes to be successful.

  1. Web Developer – The growth of demand for being a web developer is expected to gain a 13 percent increase from 2018 to 2028; which is advancing at a much faster pace than most other jobs across all industries.

Becoming a web developer requires a passion for the position.  It demands creativity and an analytical mind. If you have a knack for effortlessly being detail-oriented this position may speak to you. In many ways, this position lends itself to the creative mavericks of the world. Those unorthodox independent-minded people who also are well disciplined. With this job, you can work freelance which would make it a great job for senior veterans. And the best part is you don’t need a degree if you have the right skills and portfolio. Many web developers are self-taught.

  1. IT Manager – Being an Information Technology Manager requires you to be responsible for anything that has to do with the computer and information systems of a company. That means being responsible for planning, coordinating and directing activities. In other words, you are largely in charge of maintaining a company’s tech infrastructure.  And, in this information age, that is some serious responsibility that gets rewarded well in our free-market economy.


In summary, as a senior veteran. Whether you want to get into the tech industry via a position that does not require a degree such as a web development or you want to enter into a position of leadership such as management. The options are available to you right now. So don’t wait!  The sooner you start your path forward and begin moving the ball in the direction you want to go, the faster you will achieve and reach all your goals and ambitions.


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