It’s hard to believe that 2018 is already here!
2017 was a big year; both for bootcamps and for those looking to switch into tech. Below, we outline the biggest trends of the past year and our predictions for the next 12 months.
Bootcamps Teamed Up to Self-Regulate
In March, TechCrunch reported that a group of bootcamps and service providers - like SwitchUp - joined forces to standardize outcomes reporting.
The task force, called the Council on Integrity and Results Reporting (CIRR), has set a standard for the way partner programs report graduations rates, job metrics, and in-field employment. SwitchUp now publishes these metrics on partner school pages.
At SwitchUp, we think this move toward self-regulation is a big step forward for bootcamp transparency. By weighing both job outcomes and alumni reviews, students can better choose the best program for their needs.
Two High-Profile Closures
Two well-known bootcamps, Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard, announced plans to close this summer. In a statement, Dev Bootcamp explained that it had been unable to keep the program sustainable despite growth to more cities.
In response, SwitchUp Founder Jonathan Lau wrote an op-ed for Fast Company outlining a few steps that bootcamps can take to grow smart and continue to deliver value for students.
Bootcamps Go Global
SwitchUp added over 150 programs in 2017, with a big focus on international schools. New international programs include UXER School in Madrid, Spain, ALPHA Camp in Singapore, and Hyperion Development in London.
Although coding bootcamps got their start in the U.S., programs around the world are gaining international recognition. This year, 12 international bootcamps were listed on SwitchUp’s annual list of the best bootcamps, including Le Wagon, Ironhack, Makers Academy, and Code Institute.
Focus on Diversity
In 2017, SwitchUp reported on how bootcamps are helping to create a more diverse tech workforce. Our research shows that on average, 43% of bootcamp grads are women, compared with about 12% of computer science degree graduates.
Many programs are doing their part to continue this trend. SwitchUp’s recent round-up of scholarships shows that of the 80 programs listed, the majority offer scholarships to underrepresented groups in tech.
The Best Bootcamps of 2017
We collected thousands of reviews for several hundred bootcamps in 2017, which helped to inform our annual round-ups of the year's best-reviewed bootcamps. Check out our reviewers’ top picks below:
More Options To Pay For a Bootcamp
Now that bootcamps have grown into a popular tech education option, students are enjoying more funding options. Thinkful adopted an Income Share model this past year, in which students do not pay tuition up-front. Instead, students agree to pay 10-15% of their income over three years. As Income Share Agreements take off with students, we expect these funding arrangements to become more mainstream.
We’re also expecting that students will have more federal funding options to choose from. This past year, SwitchUp reported on the growing number of bootcamps that accept the G.I. Bill. With bootcamps consistently producing excellent outcomes, we’re expecting federal funding opportunities will continue to grow in 2018.
Bootcamps Will Fill Talent Pipelines Across Industries
Now that coding bootcamps have proven their viability, schools are starting to expand the model to other industries. Early in 2017, we saw a growing number of options for Data Science bootcamps. Later in the year, we saw that Cybersecurity programs were expanding as well.
In 2018, we expect to see bootcamps in a greater range of industries; from sales, to design, to product management.
Online Bootcamps Will Continue to Thrive
Many new online bootcamps got their start in 2017, and several bootcamps expanded their program to include an online option.
When done right, online learning can be a great way for bootcamps to reduce overhead while providing better accessibility to students. We’re excited to watch these programs grow in 2018 and give more career changers the opportunity to switch into tech.
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