That's where Codecademy comes in.
"What we want in the 21st century is for programming to become just as important as reading and writing, and for people to think in algorithms," founder Zach Sims told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Friday.
With the proliferation of smartphone apps and other software applications, every job needs a little bit of programming and computer knowledge.
Learning to code isn't as difficult as it sounds, Sims said.
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"You work on projects as you go through," Sims said. "So you build websites, build games and you never really graduate because there's always something new to learn."
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And learning to code can lead to career opportunities.
"We've seen whole businesses created by people that learned programming on Codecademy, then sell apps on the App store and make a living," he said.