This feature was written by freelance writer Georgina Lawton

There’s no doubt about it; coding is buzzword of the careers world in 2016. And with an ever-increasing amount of technology taking up our everyday lives, coding is fast becoming a marketable and much sought-after skill (check out our ’5 digital skills you need for 2016′ feature). That’s why we’ve spoken to two tech experts, Trudy Norris-Grey the chairwoman of WISE (a campaign to educate young women and the government about female-led careers in the science, maths, engineering and tech sectors) and Marily Nika (a data analyst who’s worked at Google and Facebook) about why coding should be our must-learn skill of this year.

And because it’s National Careers Week, we’ve also collected some other coding quotes from the biggest software experts in the business, which might just compel you to take apart your Mac from the inside after reading them (disclaimer: do NOT do this).

Here are 10 reasons you should learn to code in 2016…

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“We program our smart phones all the time – often not realising that we are interfacing with the fundamental technology behind it. Coding helps you understand what fundamental computing does – especially now that we have cloud technology – and from there you can enhance your skills by building blocks of the IT world – our world.”

Trudy Norris-Grey

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“Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”

Steve Jobs (Co-Founder of Apple)

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“Software engineering is actually the fastest growing industry in the UK and there is a huge gap of coders in the market.”

Marily Nika

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“Understanding the fundamental principles of coding gives one an insight to more complex systems, how technology is layered and how simple systems can be developed into more complex ones.”

Trudy Norris-Grey

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“Computer science is a liberal art.”

Steve Jobs

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“Don’t worry if it doesn’t work right [when coding]. If everything did, you’d be out of a job.”

Mosher’s Law of Software Engineering

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“Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program.”

Linus Torvalds (Software Engineer)

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“Coding gives everyone really (not just young people) tools to express themselves in cool and creative ways… It’s as easy as learning a language.”

Marily Nika

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“For a long time it puzzled me how something so expensive, so leading edge, could be so useless. And then it occurred to me that a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are, in short, a perfect match.”

Bill Bryson (Author)

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“Knowing how things work and what it takes to make things work means that you can communicate with anyone effectively, no matter how technical they are and no matter how technical a project can get. You can be involved in startups, become a Product Manager, an IT consultant, a Business Analyst… coding goes everywhere!”

Marily Nika

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