As the world’s fastest-growing programming language, Python is well-loved by many. We’ve previously shared why Python should be the first programming language you learn.

And perhaps you know that if you are planning to venture into data science — a rapidly expanding field by the way — Python happens to be one of the top 3 languages that data scientists use.

But what if you really don’t have an interest in data science? Should you still pick up Python then?

Our answer: YES, of course!

Part of the reason Python has been garnering so much attention is because of its versatility and application across many industries.

Read on to find out how learning Python can help you in the following industries:

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FinTech—an abbreviation of the term ‘financial technology’—is an industry that is experiencing huge growth alongside the evolution of technology in recent years.

Despite being an unfamiliar term to some, FinTech encompasses products and services that many of us already use on a daily basis. Think GrabPay, PayNow and chatbots like OCBC’s Emma.

DBS’s PayLah! allows users to scan a QR code and make cashless payment immediately.
DBS’s PayLah! allows users to scan a QR code and make cashless payments immediately. (Image: DBS Bank)

Where does Python fit in the whole FinTech scene?

FinTech products require “a programming language that is easy to handle, scalable, mature, high-performance, and [comes equipped] with ready-made libraries and components”. That sounds just like Python’s capabilities.

Python is often used in the backend of many FinTech startups and unicorns. Even giant financial institutions like Bank of America and J.P. Morgan have been using Python in their trading systems for years.

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According to HackerRank’s Love-Hate index, Python is loved by a staggering 84.6% of developers across all age groups. To top everything off, more FinTech employers look to hire candidates versed in Python than the next two languages, Java and C++, combined.

FinTech languages
(Image: HackerRank)

If FinTech sparks your interest, consider learning Python to boost your chances of entering the industry.

Visual Effects

Visual effects, or VFX for short, is the magic you see in films—the explosions in The Avengers, the apes of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the bustling night view of Long Island in The Great Gatsby.

Basically, any imagery that is created or altered outside the context of a live-action shot is considered a visual effect.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
(Image: Digital Synopsis)

You might be surprised to know that Python is commonly used as a scripting language in many VFX companies and animation studios, including major ones like Disney and Pixar.

Popular VFX software such as Nuke (for compositing), Blender (for 3D works) and Maya (for animation) are all compatible with Python. This makes for faster inter-department collaborations and saves time in post-production.

No matter the aspect of VFX you envision yourself, you’ll be bound to encounter Python. Knowing the language not only sets you apart from the rest and but also makes you a more efficient VFX artist.  

Game Development

Are you an avid gamer? Have you ever wondered how video games are created?

With Python, you can take your first step into game development. Being a beginner-friendly programming language, Python allows you to create simple games like rock-paper-scissors and snake within the interface.

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In fact, Tan Jin—a current student at UpCode Academy—created a spaceship game after going through the Python Development course.

Tan Jin Spaceships Game

Most beginners get their inspiration from Pygame, an open-source library containing codes to write games in Python. Not a fan of puzzle games? Write a shooter, role-playing or even multiplayer game then!

To build higher end graphic games would require the use of game engines, which are essentially software frameworks. C++, a higher-level programming language, is typically used in these game engines although there are exceptions that allow for Python to be used as well, such as Panda3D.

While some may argue that Python is not ideal for writing video games, we think it is an excellent starting point for those who are keen in this area—especially if you are new to the programming world!

Interested to learn the Python language? UpCode Academy is now offering both a 2-week and 6-week course beginning in November. Sign up here!

(Featured image: Fanjianhua via Freepik)