Graduates of coding bootcamps found completing the programs helped boost their salaries by an average of 38 percent or $18,000, according to the Course Report.
On average, participants paid $11,852 in tuition and 35 percent reported their schools guaranteed jobs for students after completion. However, 21 percent of 665 students graduating between 2013 and 2015 said they were unemployed. Still, Course Report co-founder Liz Eggleston reports 89 percent of students who were 120 days out of school obtained full-time jobs when employment rates are broken down by graduation date.
There also are indications coding bootcamps are contributing to workforce diversification by encouraging people in their early- to mid-careers to become programmers, even though most students who attend bootcamps are mainly white and male.
Thirty-six percent of bootcamp graduates were women--nearly double the number of women awarded computer science bachelor's degrees in 2013-2014, according to the survey. A slight increase was recorded in the proportion of African-American students, who comprise 5 percent of coding-school grads versus 3.2 percent of college grads awarded bachelor's degrees in computer science.
Among the more sought-after technical skills by employers, as indicated by graduates' salaries, are proficiency in Python, C#, and Ruby.
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