Every day, we get asked by people who want to know whether bootcamps are worth the time, effort and cost required. These folks ask questions like:
Do bootcamps really prepare people to become developers?
Will this career path be good for me?
Are there really a large number of employment positions available?
The answer is yes, you can have a great bootcamp experience and get a solid education, gain career mobility, and increase your salary.
That’s not all! Here are six reasons why coding bootcamps are worth it in 2020.
Bootcamps Can Boost Your Salary—A Lot
For many bootcamp grads, your first job as a coder will be a tremendous boost to your income. Course Report’s 2019 Outcomes Study reveals that bootcamp graduates see a median salary increase of $22,000 with their first job after graduation. That's 51 percent!
What's more, the median salary for web developers is $69,000 a year, and the median salary for software developers is just above $100,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Both of these wages are significantly above the average American’s wage of $38,600.
Bootcamps Are Cost Effective
Course Report’s study shows that the average cost of tuition for a coding bootcamp is $13,584. In contrast, a four-year degree at an in-state public college costs, on average, $101,160. Those numbers are even higher at private schools or out-of-state colleges.
And as we noted above, the median salary for web developers is $69,000 annually, which allows new developers the opportunity to fairly easily repay their loans once they secure employment.
You Can Graduate From A Bootcamp In Weeks, Not Years
On average, a traditional degree program at a 4-year public institution will take a minimum of 128 weeks at 12 credit hours per semester to complete.
At DigitalCrafts, you can be ready to launch your coding career after 16 weeks in our full-time Immersive program, or 26 weeks in our part-time Flex program. In that short period of time, you’ll graduate from our bootcamp with the skills and tools you need to become an entry-level developer.
Bootcamps Offer You Career Mobility—And Stability
In 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that web developer job growth will increase 13% by the end of 2028. Compare that to an expected growth of 5% across all occupations!
And as the job market expands, you will likely find that are opportunities for career mobility, meaning that there’s a good chance that you will have opportunities for advancement and the chance to take on leadership positions.
No job is recession-proof, but as our lives become more focused on the technical, the more valuable being able to work in that field becomes. Tech skills often remain in demand during economic downturns. In fact, there is sometimes an increased demand for software engineers, customer service techs and others who keep online services running. And thanks to being able to work anywhere there's an internet connection, software developers can work remotely where many other fields cannot.
Bootcamps Teach You a New Language
There’s a whole different language to learn as you begin to code. It’s comprised of system talk, acronyms, numbers and terminology that have been created in the last 20 years.
Even if you don’t use this language in your next job, you very well may collaborate with coworkers who do use these terms. Knowing them will make it easier for you to communicate.
Bootcamps Build Your Community
A classroom atmosphere gives students the chance to build networks with other students in class, instructors and administrators. At a bootcamp like ours, you’ll also be able to attend tech events on campus and further strengthen your community.
These connections give you the chance to learn from peers—and not just technical info. You’ll learn about the different career paths that are open to you, and what hiring managers are looking for. Even better, you’ll be able to share your resume and portfolio when you hear about open jobs, even ones that aren’t posted on online job boards.
Launch Your Coding Career
Bootcamps, like any other education, require you to make an investment of time, effort and your finances. At DigitalCrafts, you’ll get out what you put into it, and our team is here to help you along the way, from the admissions process to graduation and helping you land the job after graduation.
Ready to take the next step in your career and become developer? Download our course packet for more information about our full-stack web development bootcamps.