WHAT'S YOUR BOOT SIZE? Coding bootcamps are all the rage these days, promising high-demand skills and a high salary. But where's the number to support the hype? According to a survey from Course Report, the number of bootcamp graduates will nearly triple, from 2,178 in 2013 to nearly 6,000 in 2014. And the majority of them will be fluent in Ruby, taught in 57% of the courses.
Course Report was founded in December 2013 by two former LivingSocial employees, Adam Lovallo and Liz Eggleston, as a clearinghouse to help students find what bootcamp best fits their needs. Lovallo describes in an email to EdSurge:
Outside of a handful of threads on Quora it didn't seem like there was a third party resource that went into much depth about these various programs. As an applicant you were almost completely reliant on the information on the bootcamp's own website.
Based on responses from 41 of 43 coding bootcamps in the U.S. identified by the authors, the report offers a first look at the average tuition, length, and how much revenue the bootcamps are making. See the full report (PDF) here. Lovallo surmises that the high response rate was due to the fact that:
The [coding bootcamp] category itself has grown so quickly that the people running this bootcamps aren't really sure of what the broader market looks like. Just being able to calculate a market share number is pretty novel for these guys.