If the recent Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the future work is remote and reliant on tech. Therefore, if you lost your job during the Covid-19 pandemic, or if you are using this time away from the traditional office environment to consider possible alternative career tracks, then you should give some serious consideration about joining the ranks of professional programmers in the tech industry. The tech industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world right now, and while other industries have been hit hard during the recent economic downturn during Covid-19, the tech industry has actually boomed. This makes sense as much of the working world is now working remotely, meaning that their reliance on the tech that enables them to not only complete their work but do so remotely has increased tenfold.

The first step to breaking into the tech industry is making sure that your coding skills are up-to-date. Coding is one of the most accessible skills to learn these days, so don’t sweat if you do not have any current coding skills. 

The most common way to learn your coding skills up until now has been to earn a computer science or IT degree from a four-year university or two-year community college. But by taking on this two to four-year commitment, you are most likely committing to a student debt of $40,000 or more, and you will be required to take classes that may be interesting, but have absolutely nothing to do with coding.

However, there is a new option in the tech education world that is growing increasingly popular as more people are either not able to or have no desire to make the burdensome commitment in terms of both time and money of traditional tech education institutions. This alternative coding education route that is both proven and effective is called a coding bootcamp. 

Coding Bootcamps 

A coding bootcamp brings together the best of the instructor-led computer science degree programs and the accessibility of self-taught coding. Most coding bootcamps are online-based, and many even offer a self-paced option, meaning that these short-term, hyper-focused programs are like a trade school for coding that you can access from your own and on your own time. Most bootcamp grads go from no prior coding experience to being tech-industry ready in just 10 to 24 weeks. 

Perhaps the most attractive thing about coding bootcamps is their tuition financing options. Schools like App Academy offer income-sharing agreements (ISAs). Through an ISA, the sponsor coding school gives the student confidence that their coding bootcamp program will not only land them a job as a programmer in the tech industry, but a legitimate job with a livable salary. 

An ISA is a signed agreement between the student and the coding school that says the student pays nothing upfront for their education. Instead, they agree to pay back their tuition only after they finish the program and have landed their first job in the industry, and that their tuition repayment will be based on their salary, and will be paid over the course of just a few years. Because the repayment plan is based on the student’s salary, it is beneficial for the school to ensure that their student is well-prepared and lands a good, high-paying job. Compared to traditional student debt that is due regardless of what the student makes, a coding bootcamp is a slam dunk of a tech education.

Now that you know where and how to learn your new coding skills, let’s talk briefly about a programming career that you may be interested in when you start looking for tech industry jobs.

Web Development

Web Developers are responsible for the coding required to build and run a high-powered website. Web Developers code the websites that we use every day through the programming languages Python, Ruby, Java and PHP. A coding bootcamp can teach you the programming skills needed to become a web developer.

Through this programming, Web Developers build the functioning user interface (UI), which is what powers the parts of the website that the user interacts with, such as search bars and “click here to apply” buttons.The web development field is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the tech industry, with an expected job growth rate of 34 percent by 2028, according to GlassDoor. The average annual salary for a Web Developer is $67,000.