There are more than 500,000 open computing jobs nationwide, but less than 43,000 computer science students graduated into the workforce last year, according to Code.org, a non-profit backed by the tech industry that’s dedicated to expanding access to computer science.
Last year, the White House claimed the federal government alone needed an additional 10,000 IT and cybersecurity professionals. Coding skills gap is expected to skyrocket and job opportunities in software development and engineering are on the rise. By 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be an estimated 1 million more computing jobs than qualified applicants who can fill them. Only 400,000 students from traditional colleges and universities are expected to graduate with the skills to qualify for those positions.
Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
Coding bootcamp training could help close U.S. skills gap. Coding bootcamps offer students crash courses in computer programming and huge investment dollars from venture capitalists are pouring into the growing industry. Codementor, as a new approach to coding and software development solutions, raised $1.6 million in seed funding from WI Harper Group to become elite marketplace for freelance developers (Codementor had previously raised $1.2 million in early-stage funding from Techstars, 500 Startups and individual angel investors).
The availability of so many tech jobs, especially in coding, IoT, Big Data and Cybersecurity presents huge opportunities for coding bootcamp graduates to meet the significant demand for software developers.
The median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $82,860 in May 2016, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,040. – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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