Top Five Reasons to Become a Developer

Each of our students has a different reason for why they chose to pivot to a tech-savvy career, but in case you need some more convincing, here are the top five reasons to consider making the pivot yourself.

1. Early opportunities mean you can get a headstart on a rewarding career.

As the demand for tech-savvy careers continues to skyrocket, it’s becoming easier to start preparing for a lucrative career early. The US Department of Education is funneling grant money into computer science and STEM education, and universities are bolstering their computer science offerings to accept more students and make minor programs more accessible for non-majors.

One of the most cost-efficient and flexible routes to jump-starting a tech career is to take a coding bootcamp like those offered at the Montana Code School. In a twelve-week full-time course, students learn JavaScript, HTML, CSS, data storage tools, and Agile and Lean methodologies: everything they need to land a job as a junior developer, enhance an existing skillset, or find an entirely new path in a code-savvy direction.

2. Keep growing with constant learning and career advancement opportunities.

Technology evolves almost faster than you can learn it, and dynamic learners are more prepared to enter this rapidly-changing industry. Fortunately, code school students gain experience not only in specific coding languages, but also how to learn coding languages; if they needed to pick up Python, Javascript, SQL, or XML for a job, they already have the tools in their kit to do so. With the wide variety of software and systems that businesses use, adaptable tech employees can more readily face evolving challenges.

3. Have the flexibility to work where and when you want.

Technology jobs eliminate the barriers of geography, and more and more tech workers are able to live in a place they want and work remotely. Our code school students graduate the bootcamps with the flexibility to choose from a wide range of career paths, such as marketing technology, consulting, or UX/UI engineering.

Not only can grads land jobs with established companies, but many choose to work for themselves. Contract-based projects are a guarantee of work diversity and a shift from the same daily grind.

4. Become high-demand (and high-paid).

Tech-savvy professionals are in demand in nearly every industry, including finance, manufacturing, and health care. Adding coding skills to an existing skill set can open doors that neither a traditional career path or a strictly tech path can open. Not only that, but tech workers enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities from entry-level to management in categories from IT worker and data analyst to scientist, artist, and engineer.

In Montana, tech workers can expect to earn twice the median wage of other professions in the state. Nationwide, tech workers make an average 66 percent more money than other professions.

5. Learn how to think outside the box… and create solutions there.

Through the bootcamp program, code school grads learn how to solve problems creatively. Equipping students with a combination of UX design, data analytics, mathematics and logic skills prepares them to tackle most challenges, sometimes in entirely new ways. Where straightforward automation may work for one company, creating a responsive program or AI solution may be the best approach for another.

With the code school’s dynamic program, grads are prepared to find unique solutions for varying business strategies.