Houston has a history of rising to the challenge and coming out the other side of adversity better than before. Both during and after Hurricane Harvey, Houston survived and recovered thanks to the amazing efforts by the local community and its volunteers. Before that, Houston was on the short list of the fastest recovered cities after the 2008 financial crisis. And, just this past year the Houston Astros went from being the underdogs to winning the World Series - the list goes on and on.
It's that grit and determination in the face of overwhelming odds that makes Houston an amazing city for coding bootcamp students - who, themselves, often face challenges in learning new skills and seeking out a new career.
Another factor that helps make Houston an attractive place to set up a new career is its size - Houston is big. Of course, there is its immense size in terms of population (the 4th largest city in the United States, in fact!). But, more to the point, it has a huge economy.
Texas boasts 54 of the nation’s Fortune 500 companies, in second place just behind New York's 55 - with most of those 54 located in and around Houston. More to the point for coding bootcamp graduates, Houston is recognized as one of the best cities to work in as a programmer with regards to salary, cost of living, and job opportunities.
Thanks to its major industries (energy, healthcare, transport and logistics, aerospace, and more) there is a need for technically trained workers everywhere - with more and more emphasis on web development, programming, and software engineering as established industries look to automation, optimization, and the cutting edge in order to remain competitive.
So, that covers demand. Let's look at supply. Unlike many other major cities, Houston is home to just a small handful of coding bootcamps and similar training institutions. In addition, there exists only 2-3 accredited CS undergrad programs in the city with even fewer advanced degree programs. Especially for coding bootcamp graduates, this means a much greater volume of jobs to go around - especially since most graduates will be looking for entry-level or more junior-level jobs. It also means that companies are far more likely to consider your application even if they ask for a degree or years of experience - a huge plus for coding bootcamp students.
At DigitalCrafts Houston, we’ve seen these factors lead to graduates finding amazing careers with various types of companies - from small startups to large enterprises. In addition, we’ve seen our graduates take on a wide range of roles within these companies including Full Stack Developer, Software Engineer, Front End Developer, Data Analyst, and Security roles.
DigitalCrafts is the top-rated Accelerated Learning Program in Houston and Atlanta. We chose to locate our campuses in these two cities because of the technical presence, that provides both community support and a strong employer network. To date, over 290 students have attended our program to either make a career change or make advancements in their current role. We exist to create a community of builders, each equipped with the skills and tools necessary to breathe life into ideas, whether as entrepreneurs or software engineers.
In addition to hands-on instruction and training, we provide our students with continuous career support both during the program and after. During Career Week, students visit software development shops to learn more about the hiring process, witness the work environment, and take part in daily standups. They also receive one on one mock interview training with experienced developers, and resume and portfolio consultations by our Student Services staff.