It’s true! Tech is one of the hottest fields in the job market, with an abundance of opportunity, growth, and great salaries.
The good news is that even if you have zero experience, there’s plenty of opportunity to learn. But is coding the right career move for you?
Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about learning to code.
Is coding hard to learn?
The simple answer: no, but it does take dedication! Learning to code is a marathon and even the best continue to learn and evolve. Any coder can tell you there are highs and lows, but if you’re devoted to learning and love the thrill of solving problems (even with the headaches they can bring), you can absolutely learn to code. Sound like you? A coding bootcamp is the perfect way to get the foundation you need to break into the profession.
Does coding require math?
While some coding conundrums call for basic math, most coding is more logic-based than anything else. Those who aren’t great at math or who don’t like it can still be successful at coding.
How long does it take to learn to code?
It’s important to remember, though, that learning code is an ongoing process. Developing new skills on-the-job is pretty much guaranteed and professionals of all levels are constantly expanding their knowledge. A 2018 Stack Overflow survey found that approximately 90% of all developers and half of all current professionals have taken time to learn new tools, languages, and more on their own.
What are the steps to becoming a computer programmer?
There’s no right or wrong path to becoming a computer programmer, but here are a few steps to keep in mind:
Pick a specialty. Are you interested in being a front-end web developer? An app developer? A database engineer? This will guide your training and help make you more marketable.
Pick a learning style. Some study programming in college, but that can take years. Online programs are popular options for the casual coder. Of course, we think that bootcamps are ideal. They give you easy, in-person access to an instructor and peers, while also having resources like career counseling and networking connections.
Develop a portfolio. A professional portfolio of sample projects is often key to landing a job. Work toward a few polished projects that will show off your skillset in your chosen area of programming. At Eleven Fifty, we provide guidance and encourage all students to leave with a portfolio.
Which programming language is best for getting a job?
How long are coding bootcamps?
The typical full-time coding bootcamp lasts around three months. Eleven Fifty offers two great options. Our 12-week program is great for those that want to fully-immerse themselves in the program and launch your new career opportunities quickly. Our part-time, 24-week program is best for those that need a more flexible schedule.
Do companies hire from coding bootcamps?
Absolutely! A reputable coding bootcamp should be to able to produce alumni success stories and note the companies that have hired from the program. The best programs also offer career services. At Eleven Fifty, for example, we work one-on-one with students to not only make sure their résumés are in good shape but to help make connections to companies we think are great fits for their desired career path.
Do coders get paid well?
Yes. According to U.S. News and World Report, the median salary for a computer programmer was $82,240 in 2017. The bottom 25% of computer programmers still made an average $62,860—and that doesn’t include other coder job titles like Web Developers (average salary $74,110) or Database Administrators (average salary $89,050). During 2017-2018, the average starting salary for an Eleven Fifty graduate was $51,000, with many starting salaries falling in the $55,000-$82,000 range.
Still debating if coding is right for you? The best way to decide is to join us for a FREE Intro to Coding course. We’ve designed this course to be a no-strings-attached opportunity to determine if you should pursue a career in coding!