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Here is the education and background to get into the tech industry – Business Insider


  • Business Insider recently developed a list of high-paying, fast-growing jobs based on pre-pandemic data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • A few of these jobs, like software developers and computer systems analysts, fall into the tech industry. 
  • Business Insider talked to Amanda Augustine, career expert at TopResume, to learn more about how recent graduates and people interested in tech jobs can get started in this growing industry.
  • She suggests learning entry-level skills, whether that be through free online tutorials or coding bootcamps.
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The tech industry is primed to add a ton of jobs over the next decade. According to the latest pre-pandemic Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, computer and IT jobs are expected to grow by 11% between 2019 to 2029, adding 531,200 jobs over that decade.

In Business Insider’s recent ranking of 30 fast-growing, high-paying occupations, software developers and computer user support specialists are among the tech occupations that made the top of the list.

We recently took a deep dive into how to get started in the tech industry, along with four other industries that these top occupations on our list fall into. Although BLS education data shows seven of the 10 computer occupations and IT professions listed on BLS require a bachelor’s degree, bootcamps can be another way to learn some of the entry-level skills needed to get started in this field, according to TopResume career expert Amanda Augustine.

Augustine told Business Insider that there are other ways to get into this field besides earning a computer science degree. She emphasizes it is important to find ways to develop the entry-level skills that recruiters are looking for. Additionally, the CTO of TopResume Michael Henderson, who majored in finance but started his career in IT out of college, also looks for potential candidates interested in the field with majors and backgrounds outside of the field.

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But there are both pros and cons to attending bootcamps rather than obtaining a college degree. The bootcamp Flatiron School notes in a blog post that one of the advantages of a bootcamp is saving on college costs, but also notes that “college gives you the hard skills needed for a tech career and a well-round education” and is still a “standard” for many companies.

However, some well-known tech giants hire bootcamp graduates.

According to reporting from CNBC, bootcamp Hackbright Academy in San Francisco aims to get more women into tech jobs. As of the article’s reporting in 2018, the company has had over 700 graduates land jobs in companies like Facebook and Amazon.

Across the US on the east coast, Flatiron School in New York City has also had graduates land jobs in big tech companies and other well-known companies like IBM, Buzzfeed, and Blackrock.

Although data around the success of bootcamps and hiring bootcamp grads are pretty limited, Business Insider decided to look at the costs of some available bootcamps that can help you learn some entry-level skills.

A look at some of the coding bootcamps in the US

Some bootcamps can be more expensive than others with different lengths of the program and the kinds of skills taught.

Business Insider’s Weng Cheong previously reported on the best bootcamps from Course Report, a career resource website that reports on bootcamp programs. This ranking was based on the programs with the highest reviews on Course Report.

At the top of Business Insider’s analysis of Course Report with the highest reviews was Altcademy with a perfect 5.0 rating. Cheong notes that this online bootcamp could be as short as two months or may take as long as nine months, and costs range between $750 to $1,590. Rounding up the top 10 was Flatiron School which has a score of 4.71. This program takes half a year and costs between $9,600 to $15,000, per Cheong’s reporting.

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Coding Dojo, which has nine locations across the US, offers both part-time and full-time courses where you learn some of the most “in-demand” skills per Coding Dojo’s website. This includes Python, Java, C#/.NET, Mern, and Ruby.

In a recent analysis of Indeed data, Coding Dojo finds Python leads as the most in-demand programming language that recruiters want.  The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) also notes that Python is a “hot” technology. The website for Python has different libraries you can download and documentation you can read to teach yourself the syntax and capabilities of this programming language.

Online courses also offer introductions and training on specific interests within the tech field. For instance, Udemy has an updated course called “The Web Developer Bootcamp 2020”  with 62 coding exercises and 63 hours of content.

Aspiring tech workers should highlight their skills 

Beyond developing technical skills, Augustine said aspiring programmers and tech workers should build up some of their “soft” skills. These include skills related to organization, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

Augustine said you really want to show the skills you have that are relevant to the position you are applying for. This may be through an online portfolio with relevant projects. It can also show some of your other interests.

“If you are coding, or something like that, I always think of ‘what would be a passion project for you? What would you love to build some code around to solve a problem about something you care about? Do you volunteer for something? Is there a cause that you really care about? Is there something that you are just really into, a hobby or something?'” Augustine told Business Insider.

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Read our full analysis about how to break into the tech sector and other industries that are expected to see growth in high-paying jobs here.



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