The idea of intensive, targeted learning is not a new one.
Vocational schools have existed for decades. In 1963, the Vocational Education was passed, thus beginning the modern era of federal funding for career and technical education. Then, in 1990, the Perkins Act further defined the vocational education as:
“Organized educational programs offering a sequence of courses which are directly related to the preparation of individual in paid or unpaid employment in current or emerging occupations…”
Coding bootcamps fit this description to the letter.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for software developers is expected to grow by 22% by the year 2022. Which makes coding bootcamps the obvious solution to the nation’s near historic programmer shortage.
The need for talented individuals to fill these positions is only going to continue to rise. And without the adequate training being received in most 4 year colleges, students and employers are looking elsewhere to find the skills they need to be successful.
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Coding bootcamps have been popping up across the world to address the issue, with more and more students graduating every single month. Some students are fresh out of college, looking for an immediate career, while others are looking to start something new.
“I’ve seen folks who have history degrees and psychology degrees be some of the greatest coders I’ve ever worked next to,” said Tim Savery, a system’s Architect at Chatham Financial.
And enrollment in these programs is on the rise.
Coding bootcamps and academies are expected to graduate more than 16,000 students in 2015, a 10,000 student increase over 2014’s estimation of 6,000 students.
Addressing one of the fastest growing job markets in the country, web developers and software developers are two of the most in-demand skills today, and with median salaries ranging between $62,500 to $93,350, it’s no wonder the need for these schools is on rise.