38% of Programming Bootcamp Graduates Are Women [STUDY]

August 5, 2014

10:50 am

A study released today by Course Report found that 38% of programming bootcamp graduates are women, more than double the percentage of women graduating with bachelor’s degrees in computer science (14.5%).

Here are some other demographic statistics they discovered:

  • The mean age of a bootcamp student is 29. 
  • Students are primarily white (63%), with 18% Asian. 
  • 14% of students are non-US citizens. 
  • Most students already have a bachelor’s degree (71%) or a master’s degree (15%), suggesting that bootcamps aren’t serving as an alternative to college. 
  • Most students were employed full-time (48%) or unemployed (17%) before entering. 

Course Report surveyed 432 people from 48 schools, where the average tuition is over $10,000. They only looked at US and Canadian bootcamps that are full-time and in-person, offering 40+ hours a week of instruction. And they focused specifically on programming, not product development, design, or marketing. 

Happily, after the program, 75% of graduates ended up with full-time employment using the skills they learned at the bootcamp. 

Read Course Report’s earlier study: These Are the Top Programming Languages Taught at Bootcamps.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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