Coding boot camps in 2020: is it worth it?
We get a lot of questions from various people about Bootcamps: Whether they should go to a bootcamp, or why? Is it worth a try? Also, coupled with the fact that the buzz is everywhere and growing louder each year. We’ve decided to answer your question by pointing out some facts to help you make that critical career decision.
As I said, the Bootcamp buzz is everywhere, getting louder and almost deafening. Why is this the case now? (I hear you ask). For one, there’s been a more understanding of the importance of coding now than ever. The marketability for coding is increasing, with IT companies flooding their online and offline coding classes with students who are beginning to see the benefits of coding for the creation of their own application, as well as making a difference in the IT world.
There are a lot of other motivations at work here, which we will look at in a moment. But why, Bootcamps? Online coding courses can give their students a quick boost in coding literacy. They can also provide students an introduction to management software, as well as full-stack programming skills. As a matter of fact, most entrepreneurs today are in search of a suitable coding Bootcamp due to the intensive and immersive experience they offer.
Speaking about motivations, another reason to learn to code, and learning it as fast as possible is because of the enormous benefit it offers financially. Currently, the average salary earned by a computer programmer at the moment is close to $70,000, give or take. That’s stupendously huge! And if that doesn’t motivate you…Well, I’ll leave it at that.
Concerning growth, coding Bootcamps is expected to grow exponentially over a 160% rate in 2020, and it is undoubtedly beneficial for students. Bootcamps are rapidly becoming the best and fastest study choice, with students bypassing the traditional university or college route. This bypass is mostly due to the belief that the university or college route seems much of a delay in an era when people are into the fast life such as fast cars, fast food, smartphones. And, if you ask me, people need quick income, and what better way to get it than fast Bootcamps? People can’t wait to dive into professional waters.
Are you still contemplating if Bootcamps are for you? Hold that thought. As everything has it’s pros and cons, I’m going to do you a favor by outlining some few points that will help you make that decision.
Cost: I know that’s what’s on everyone’s mind before doing anything, so we’ll start with that.
Compared to the traditional college route, Bootcamp offers aspiring programmers the most affordable alternative.
Let’s consider some points, shall we?
The cost of enrolling for an American University or college is ridiculously expensive and increasing still, leaving 95% of students in debt they can barely pay even after graduation. For a better picture, take a look at this stats below:
- The average total cost of In-state or public colleges: $25,290, Out-of-state or private: $40,940.
- The Average Total Cost of Out-state colleges: $50,900
Do have in mind that these stats are for one academic year, and it excludes other expenses such as housing, books, upkeep, etc.
But how do we compare these stats to Bootcamps? Well, I have good news. Tuition for most Bootcamps, including report’s study scales from being FREE to $19,000 per course. The average fee for full-time coders is around $9,000, and by “full-time,” I mean 36 – 40 hours weekly.
Well, I guess you are thinking: just a few thousand compared to hundreds of thousands, 40 hours per week, minus student loan debts? If that’s what is on your mind, then you are 100% correct!
And is there a possibility to learn all the essential skills at Bootcamp? Yes and No, depending on the Bootcamp. Some Bootcamp will encourage networking due to their close tie to businesses, where you could work along with other students on a company project – this can also get you fast employment as well.
In terms of time, I believe you already get the picture regarding the traditional college or university route. Most college undergraduate requires up to six years to conclude their education. The Bootcamps, on the other hand, may have courses that will take anywhere from 4 – 30 weeks, with most courses in the 9 – 14 weeks range.
Now the choice is between learning a skill for a dream job in four weeks vs. four to six years – You decide. The job prospect is higher in Bootcamps (as I said, it depends on the type). The good news is that many renowned IT companies like Google, are steering towards skills rather than college degrees. This year Sceel.io has also decided to join the modern craze. Keep following us and you’ll definitely see if it’ll pay off after all.
After all it isn’t enough to be a coder: You have to be passionate, innovative and have problem-solving skills.