A good coding bootcamp offers an intensive learning experience, combining foundational theory and hands-on practice, packed into a short span of time. Here are six jobs you can expect to land after completing a software engineering bootcamp.
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A good coding bootcamp offers an intensive learning experience, combining foundational theory and hands-on practice, packed into a short span of time. This is more than enough to gain the skills and experience to land a good software engineering job.
"Coding bootcampers are just as skilled, if not more, to take on challenging, high performance tech roles," said 84% of employers who responded to a survey conducted by Indeed. Research also shows that up to 90% of bootcampers land a job within six months of graduation.
But what kind of jobs should you be searching for after completing a coding bootcamp? Read on to find out.
The most obvious job you can get after attending a coding bootcamp is as a software engineer. Software engineers handle every single aspect of the software development lifecycle. In addition to excellent coding skills, software engineers are also expected to understand testing and debugging. As part of their everyday role, many software engineers interact with users, business teams, and clients—for which they need stellar interpersonal skills.
Graduates from Springboard's Software Engineering Career Track come from various career and educational backgrounds, and follow different paths after graduation.
A developer advocate helps developers be successful with a platform or technology. For example, Facebook has a developer advocate team that regularly engages with developers who build apps on its platform.
However, developer advocates are not marketers or sales personnel; they’re engineers and are fully capable of handling the software development process. They offer resources to the developer community, support them in their journey, and gather feedback for product improvement.
This role is also known as a developer evangelist, developer relations associate, developer community manager, solutions engineer, developer outreach specialist, and tech marketer. A developer advocate needs to have solid technical and programming skills and also excellent communication and outreach skills.
Perfect for the more artistically inclined among programmers, the front-end developer job lets you develop the user interface: the look and feel of a website or app. As a front-end developer, you will be responsible for building everything a user interacts with on a website or app, such as buttons and links, and the general appearance and functionality. There are opportunities for front end developers in any product companies as well as digital agencies that build websites and other digital products.
Front end developers work closely with UI/UX designers, converting their wireframes and prototypes into working products. They not only have an eye for design and a good grasp of front end programming skills like HTML/CSS but also have a thorough understanding of user interface and user experience concepts.
As the name gives away, a developer operations (DevOps) engineer brings together software development and IT operations in agile teams to ensure continuous improvement and continuous delivery. Even though a DevOps engineer doesn’t need to write code every day in the traditional sense, they should be able to script and automate solutions to both the developers’ and operators’ problems.
You might come across other roles in this same sphere such as site reliability engineer, build engineer, and release engineer. While all these roles have specific and different job descriptions, they all fall under DevOps. Depending on how large an organization is and how committed it is to the DevOps methodology, they might have a team of software engineers or one role that serves as an amalgamation of all these roles. On the whole, they all handle different aspects of operations: deployment, the tools that facilitate deployment, and the orchestration of releases.
Full-stack engineers need to have good knowledge of entire stacks of programming languages, such as the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python/Perl) and MEAN (MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, and Node.js) stacks. They need to have an in-depth knowledge of both front end and back end technologies along with UI/UX, server, networks, and project management.
If you’re looking for a more adventurous path or are still trying to figure out how you could align your interests to your career, there are several other opportunities that a coding bootcamp would prepare you for:
As one of the most sought-after careers in the United States today, the opportunities that software engineering offers are wide-ranging.
While we’ve discussed the first jobs you might get after a software engineering bootcamp, you can also grow into senior roles with specialization. For instance, you can move from front end development to a more specialized role in iOS app development as you progress. You can also become super-specialized addressing a smaller niche in apps for wearable devices.
The intensive learning you will get at a software engineering bootcamp offers the foundation you need to build a lucrative, enjoyable, and rewarding career.
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