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Looking For a New Career? Go to Developer Boot Camp!

These boot camps will change your life and accelerate your career in as little as three months. But these boot camps aren’t run by the Air Force, Navy, Marines, or the Army. You won’t be issued uncomfortable boots. You won’t march to “chow.” And you definitely won’t have to pass a PFT.

These are developer boot camps. Run by hackers, programmers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts, these schools started popping up in the San Francisco Bay area. The cost ranges anywhere from $0 to $36,000 depending on the school. What do you get out of it? Usually entry-level job placement with one of Silicon Valley’s tech firms.

Just as the tech industry is growing, the need for developers is growing. But coding skills aren’t so readily taught. While many people learn as a part of their computer science degrees, others decide to forgo the theory and learn on their own using a book or use online resources.

But it can be hard to teach yourself Java in your basement. That’s why these code camps have been so popular. Hands-on schools with expert guidance boasting over a 90% job placement rate looks like a pretty good investment. Especially in an industry that doesn’t always require a college degree as a prerequisite.

In 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculated the median salary for developers at $74,280.

Meanwhile, App Academy has campuses in San Francisco and New York City. It guarantees students that they ONLY pay tuition after they have found a job. It also boasts that 98% of their graduates have offers and working in tech jobs with average salaries at $100,000 and $84,000. (San Francisco and NYC respectively)

The cost? 18% of your 1st year salary as a developer.

On the other hand, Apprentice doesn’t charge its students at all. In fact it does the opposite, paying students $500 a week as a living stipend! There students are expected to work 40 hours per week where they will learn Ruby on Rails, jQuery, Backbone.js, HTML5, SCSS, git, Unix, and agile software development.

If you have dreamed of a career change to an exciting field that allows you to create and develop your ideas, it has never been easier. And you won’t have to stand watch on Parris Island! For more resources, check out this ultimate guide to coding boot camps.

And when you graduate, give us a call. We throw some pretty wild parties on the moon base! 😉


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Jon is an experienced Technical Writer, Ethical Hacker, Privacy & Security Evangelist, and Master of the Margarita. With a equal passion for the Chicago Manual of Style and cyber security, Jon believes that creating security documentation is kind of a fun thing to do. He's also pretty good a "bricking" devices that were working just fine. When he's not buried in security documentation, screaming at his keyboard, sprinting to a Congressional hearing, or debating the Oxford comma way too seriously, he manages this blog from our super-secret Moonbase.