The tremendous demand for skilled coders has led to creation of hundreds of coding academies across the U.S., most of which are for-profit. Bootcamps attract students with a lower price tag and a much faster program than a college degree. Most also claim to give you solid skills that will lead to immediate employment in the tech field, rather than “academic” type training. But there are some important questions you should answer before choosing a bootcamp vs a more traditional college degree in computer science. Bootcamps aren’t really a new idea. Super focused “trade” or “vocational” schools for computer programming have been around for many years. A bootcamp can make sense as a way to get an entry level position in tech – if it actually delivers the promised technical training. College CS degrees, on the other hand, provide a more rounded education that is seen as a plus by some employers and can equip you with management, communication and other skills you’ll need to move up the corporate ladder into management type position eventually.
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