With the world rapidly moving toward a technology based enterprise and companies more reliant on technology than ever, there is tremendous value in attending a “coding boot camp.”
Everything these days begins and ends with technology, so you can open up options for your future if you have a grasp of computer programming. Today, even if you have no substantial tech background, gaining knowledge of computer programming can fuel the fire of your career.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for tech professionals remained low in the second quarter of 2014, averaging three percent with continued job growth: the second quarter saw 27,500 new positions created in tech consulting and 2,000 jobs added in data processing, hosting and related services, where cloud-related positions are categorized. There is immense career opportunity in this area (good news for career-changers), with the BLS reporting that the roles of computer programmer and software developer are projected to grow between 2012 and 2022, 8 percent and 22 percent respectively. It doesn’t hurt that compensation tends to climb for attendees of coding camp; a 2014 Course Report survey of coding boot camp graduates relates that alumni see a 44 percent increase in post-boot camp salary.
Perhaps with computer programming skills under your belt, you might become the next Drew Houston (Dropbox), Kevin Systrom (Instagram) or Jessica Mah (inDinero).
What you learn in the compressed time of a coding camp could potentially take you years to learn on your own, so be aware there’s no time to waste to gain the most out of the experience. It’s intense; you have a lot to learn, and a good camp will use all the time available to teach you skills, help you improve, increase your ability, and focus on the most valuable set of coding skills you’ll need to develop related to a particular language or technology space.
That’s not to say that carving time out of your life to attend a coding camp comes without some risk, especially if you are switching careers, so to help your networking and your ability to find future employment, your best bet is with a camp that both offers the opportunity to work on real world projects and has existing relationships with employers. And it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg – there are many places which offer high quality computer programming learning these days that don’t charge a premium, so look for those.
Studying computer programming also requires learning problem solving techniques and how to think logically. No matter where your career takes you, couldn’t we all use more problem solving and logic in our lives?