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No Oversaturation Of Junior Developers Says Bootcamp Promoter

September 4th, 2019

As the demand for software developers continues to rise and companies have loosened their hiring to accept candidates without a college degree, coding bootcamps have grown in popularity. That's give risen to speculation that in some areas, the number of newly minted coders exceeds the entry-level tech jobs available.

Not so says, Course Report, a bootcamp directory and information service.

In New York City, one of the largest and fastest growing tech markets in the US, there were about 8,000 entry-level tech jobs available this summer. The coding bootcamps in the city -- including Flatiron School, Hack Reactor, App Academy and Codesmith -- turn out only about 2,500 new coders a year.

That's far from an oversaturation, says Course Report. "The emergence, rise, and acceptance of bootcamps has happened alongside a huge growth in the tech job market." Citing a USA Today story from 2017, the Course Report article says unfilled tech jobs could reach around 1 million next year.

Now, Course Report is a bootcamp advocate and estimates are just estimates, so it's not a certainty by any means that the shortage of tech workers will be that large. However, the supply of developers, computer engineers, and related tech professionals is already far short of demand and, even counting all the graduates of coding bootcamps and college programs they won't be enough to fill all the currently available jobs across the country.

Bootcamp programs, for those unfamiliar with the concept, are intense, immersive programs that teach computer coding skills to would-be developers over a course of just a few months. Most are privately run; some are non-profits funded in part by the computer industry with the goal of increasing the number of women and minorities in IT fields.

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