It’s no secret that skilled tech professionals are in high demand, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down in 2019. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects that the Software Development field will grow 31% by 2026 and result in more than 250,000 job openings over the coming years. So, whether your interests lie in emerging technologies like machine learning, or longstanding fields like software development, a New Year’s resolution to begin or grow your coding experience could help secure you a spot in the competitive and growing tech space.
According to SwitchUp’s 2018 Coding Bootcamp Industry and Outcomes Report, “on average, coding bootcamp alumni saw a $19,485 (46.5%) salary increase in their first job after completing a program”, while 43.7% of respondents reported a salary increase of $10,000 or more. Upon completion, 80.9% of alumni landed a job, and an impressive 10.1% of graduates reported securing a position before their bootcamp ended. These statistics demonstrate that bootcamps are a great option for those who want to begin or grow their coding experience in the new year. Lucky for you, there are endless resources for selecting the right coding bootcamp to kick off your 2019 coding resolution!
Whether you want to enroll in a local in-person program, a flexible online program, or take a zero-risk first step by considering free options, your 2019 coding journey starts here! If this is the first step in your coding resolution, check out some prep courses and free bootcamp options to get started. If you’re ready to make the next move, review the breakdown of our best overall and best online bootcamps, as well as our list of the best 10 bootcamps with January and February (and rolling) start dates!
Bootcamp Prep Programs
Enrollment into high quality coding bootcamps is becoming increasingly more competitive. For that reason, many applicants should consider completing bootcamp prep programs prior to application. Prep courses offer students the opportunity to fine tune their basic skills, and get a feel for the pace of a bootcamp. Check out the list below of the best rated bootcamp prep programs to help get you started!
|Program||Schedule||Cost||Area of Study|
|Codeworks||6 weeks, Part-Time Only||$1,000||Key concepts of UX and UI design including IxD, Prototyping, Mockups, and Usability Testing|
While bootcamp programs are often less expensive than traditional university programs, many students may want to consider the risk-free option of free bootcamps to begin their coding journey. Check out our round up of the best free bootcamps:
|Program||Area of Study|
|edX||Introduction to Computer Science from Harvard University|
The best-rated bootcamps illustrated in the table below all offer an immersive or part-time coding course, and have at least 30 verified reviews. The left side of the table shows best overall bootcamps across in-person and online platforms, while the right side shows only online options.
|Rank||Best Bootcamps||Best Online Bootcamps|
|1||Le Wagon||App Academy|
|5||Bloc||NYC Data Science Academy|
Top 10 Bootcamps Offering January & February Start Dates - United States Only
If you’re ready to jump into a bootcamp, have a look at the below table of programs with January, February, and rolling start dates. All of the bootcamps listed below offer online courses, with many also offering in-person programs in cities like San Francisco, Seattle, NYC and more.
|Rank||Programs||Locations||Next Start Date|
|1||App Academy||Online, NYC, and San Francisco||3/11 in-person, Rolling online|
|2||General Assembly||Online, Dallas, Providence, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, NYC, Washington, D.C., Austin, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Denver, Chicago, London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Online, Boston, and Santa Monica||1/28 in-person, Rolling online|
|4||Thinkful||Online, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Houston, Portland, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Online, Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, Chicago, Raleigh-Durham, Denver, Boston, San Francisco, Detroit, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Austin||Rolling|
|5||NYC Data Science Academy||Online & NYC||1/22 in-person, Rolling online|
|6||Flatiron School||Online, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Houston, London, NYC, Online, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.||1/28 in-person, Rolling online|
|7||Springboard||Online and San Francisco||2/4 in-person, Rolling online|
|8||Product School||Online, Santa Monica, Orange County, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, NYC, Los Angeles, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Austin, Denver, Bellevue, London, Seattle, and Toronto||1/26 in-person, Rolling online|
|9||Coding Dojo||Online, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Berkeley, and Tulsa||1/22 in-person, Rolling online|
|10||The Tech Academy||Online, Portland, Denver, Seattle, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Austin, Kansas City, Houston, Honolulu, Columbus, Nashville, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Indianapolis||Rolling|
If your coding resolution is aimed at becoming a job-ready developer - we like the way you think! In order to select the right bootcamp for your field of interest, first you’ll need to understand the common job requirements for the field. Start by checking out the top 15 tech jobs for 2019, and reviewing their required skills and education. By understanding the skills required by your position of interest, you’ll have a better idea of which programming languages and skills you need to be a competitive candidate.
Once you know which skills are necessary in your field, decide whether you are comfortable in a self-guided online program, or if you need the structure provided by an in person program. Do you want to begin your journey with a free course, or prep courses, or are you ready to dive into a paid program? When you’re able to answer these questions, your narrowed criteria will help you to select the program that works best for your learning style, life, budget, and will ultimately offer you the ability to land your dream job!
In order to get the most out of your bootcamp experience, start by defining your goals and expectations. Are you taking a bootcamp to begin or grow your career, or for personal interest? When coursework becomes challenging, remembering the purpose of your study can help you press on. If you have no programming experience, set reasonable expectations. Coding is not simply regurgitating concepts and magically producing perfect code off the bat. Coding bootcamps, and coding in general offers the opportunity to “learn by doing”. Your studies will be filled with trial and error, so don’t get discouraged! It’s the nature of the beast.
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