Report: The best coding bootcamps to attend to land a job at the Big Five

by Jeremy

Getting a computer science degree is no longer the only path to a software engineering role. Several of tech’s most sought-after companies to work for don’t require a college degree to land a job and accept coding Bootcamp graduates or candidates who have completed some other forms of instruction. 

Average price and average percentage of coding bootcamp alumni and degree holders employed by the Big Five

A new report from the tech education resource company Switchup analyzed which boot camps can land people jobs at the Big Five companies: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.  Switchup analyzed LinkedIn data of alumni from coding boot camps that hold positions at the Big Five. It analyzed employment rates for 370 boot camps

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The number one coding boot camp attended by employees of the Big Five was Code Fellows. Eleven percent of Code Fellows’ graduates are employed at the Big Five. The Bootcamp had about 2,000 alumni listed on LinkedIn. It had a similar percentage of alumni employed at Stanford University and was higher than Cornell University’s 9.44% and University of California-Berkeley’s 8.68%. 

The next best Bootcamp was Hackbright Academy (5.82%), followed by Hack Reactor (5.16%), Product School (4.94%), App Academy (4.71%), Coding Dojo (4.40%), Galvanize (3.98%), Fullstack Academy (3.19%), General Assembly (2.70%), and Udacity (2.39%). 

According to Switchup, the price tag is one of the biggest draws of coding boot camps over college. The most expensive boot camps cost less than $30,000, while top universities cost more than $250,000. 

“Overall, our findings showed coding boot camps offered competitive employment results compared to computer science degrees from top universities, at around 10% of the cost,” Sung Rhee, founder, and CEO of Optimal, the parent company of Switchup, wrote in a post.  

The survey found that certain prestigious universities, including Stanford University, Cornell University, and the University of California-Berkeley, had higher employment rates at the Big Five. Still, overall, the average employment rates for computer science graduates and boot camp graduates were similar. The average percentage of alumni from a traditional college employed at a Big Five company was 6.60%, and the rate for Bootcamp alumni was 6.03%. 

“While traditional computer science degrees still have a significant foothold in tech education, the industry is rapidly evolving – faster than university curriculums can change, in many cases. These comparable job outcomes show boot camps can be a strong alternative to traditional degree pathways. Given the massive need for short-term education options to get workers retrained after the pandemic, boot camps are well-positioned to play a key role in the economic recovery in the coming years,” Rhee wrote.

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