When you think of the technology hub of the United States, we’re sure Silicon Valley comes to mind. However, in the past couple of years, Seattle has become a huge technology center, attracting some of the brightest talent in the industry. Over 250,000 people now work in technology-related jobs in Washington State, with the majority centered in Seattle. Some major companies have moved HQ to this city, including Amazon and Microsoft. With a lower cost of living than New York City or San Francisco, Seattle has become a popular destination for tech talent.
The current demand in Seattle is high for tech positions like software developers and data scientists. Indeed.com notes that the median average salary for Software Engineers in Seattle is about $116k, and the median average salary for Data Scientists is listed as about 130k.
Naturally, the talent training has to come from somewhere. A few major bootcamps that are located in the Seattle area include Code Fellows, a code school offering beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses in Software Engineering. In this guide, we round-up some of the top tech bootcamps in the Seattle area so you can make a move in your career, and possibly to a great city as well!
Description: As Seattle's first immersive coding academy, Code Fellows has an advanced curriculum that has been tailored and optimized since 2013, ensuring that students learn the most up-to-date technology and best practices. Students can start with the basics of web development in beginner-level courses or jump into a more advanced program to build on what they already know. Major highlights are guest speakers, 1:1 guidance from instructors and teaching assistants, and professional development training.
Rating on SwitchUp: 4.68 out of 5 stars (59 total reviews)
Curriculum: Students are immersed in their learning with daily lectures, pair programming, weekly presentations from professionals in the industry, one-week project sprints, and more. Code Fellows graduates work at Microsoft, Zillow, Expedia, XBOX, NIKE, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, and over 500 other companies.
The modular style of the Code Fellows program allows students to test into the course level that is most appropriate for their current skill level. In addition, the modular class structure allows students to choose the schedule and timing that meets their needs. Developers with some programming experience can test into an intermediate or advanced-level programming course, while novice coders can build their experience from the ground up, starting with an introductory course. Code Fellows also offers courses that run nights and weekends, accommodating for students who are working full-time jobs.
CIRR Stats: 83% of students graduate on time
80% of students are employed in their field
The median salary of Code Fellows students is $70,106/year
Student Review: Wonderful Experience
I loved Code Fellows. I went through the entire program, from 101 to 401 with no prior coding experience. The instructors and teaching assistants were supportive and always available to help. It is a fast-paced environment, which allowed me to learn a lot of modern technologies and best practices in a short amount of time. Highly recommend for anyone who is also looking to change their life!
Description: The Tech Academy is a code school with campuses in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Their program, the Software Developer Boot Camp, takes 20 to 30 weeks to complete. It can be taken online in full from home, or in-person at one of their campuses. They have students all over the world.
Students study the bootcamp at their own speed (self-paced) with Tech Academy Instructors available to help when needed. Instructors will review your code and assist in debugging. The program brings about well-rounded, full-stack, junior-level software developers.
Rating on SwitchUp: 4.83 out of 5 stars (143 total reviews)
At the end of the program, students participate in a Live Project and receive Job Placement training. The Live Project gives students the opportunity to work on a real-world software development project, that they can add to their resume. Once students have the knowledge and training, Job Placement teaches them how to build a technical resume, networking and interview best practices, and all the skills needed to land a good job in technology.
Description: Epicodus is an in-person coding bootcamp offering courses in Portland and Seattle with a focus on affordability and accessibility to students without a coding background.
Rating on SwitchUp: 4.86 out of 5 stars (118 total reviews)
Curriculum: Epicodus currently offers three 27-week tracks:
Ruby and Rails
CSS and React
C# and React
Students learn how to build applications using modern technologies and practices. However, more important than any particular skill, students learn how to think like a programmer, write good code, and pick up new languages and technologies after graduation—A necessity in this ever-changing industry.
After completing courses, students are placed in hand-selected internships with tech companies.
Graduates participate in a Demo Day where they present projects to local, hiring employers.
Epicodus is a recipient of SwitchUp's 2017 Best Bootcamp award, featured in Value College's list of Top 25 University-Affiliated Coding Bootcamps, and recognized as Training Industry's Top Coding Bootcamp Companies.
All of these programs offer a wide variety of coding and programming classes. If you are interested in studying in the Seattle area, be sure to read alumni reviews to find your best fit. Programs like Code Fellows can take your career in directions you’ve only dreamed of. If you’d like a comprehensive list of Seattle programs, check out our Seattle Coding Bootcamp Guide. Happy hunting in the Pacific Northwest!