(updated August 2016)
Python is often hailed as one of the best programming languages for first-time coders to learn as they break into programming. It’s the main technology powering big data, finance, and statistics, and it’s clean syntax reads like English. Python developers are in demand, not to mention the average Python developer in New York City earns $140,000 per year! Companies like Amazon, Dropbox, and Dell are built on Python, making it a great time to learn. We’re breaking down code schools that teach Python, across the country and online, for a range of price points and time commitments.
- Why: Anyone who wants to break into FinTech or programming in general should take a long look at Byte Academy, where the team does great work teaching both. Students get a chance to learn about the dominant technologies in finance like Python, as well as the financial concepts that make those technologies useful. Instructor Greg Piccolo explains the advantages of Python in Finance: “Python has the best numbers library of any modern scripting language. Python also has the best plotting libraries and these are all important in FinTech right now.”
- Where: New York, NY
- Cost: $10,000 (Course Report readers get an exclusive Course Report scholarship to Byte Academy!)
- Bootcamp Length: 3 months
“Byte Academy has devised a great finance and technology programming bootcamp. I went from having no programming experience to completing a kickass fintech project in three months. Highly recommend.” -Anonymous via Course Report
- Why: It can be easy to forget that the West Coast isn't just comprised of California. Go a little bit north and find Code Fellows in Seattle and Portland where they’re offering Development Accelerators to get you moving faster than you thought possible in a number of areas, including Python. Read an interview with Code Fellows instructor Beth Adele Long.
- Where: Seattle, WA and Portland, OR.
- Cost: $12,000
- Bootcamp Length: 2 months
“If you have the desire, the money, the drive to learn (and keep learning), and you can afford a few months of life without making any money to fully jump into something, Code Fellows is a high-quality school offering a lot of potential growth. It was quite literally a life- and career-altering decision for me, and I'm thankful I got the opportunity to attend.” -Mark Palfreeman via Course Report
- Why: Hackbright Academy runs a quarterly engineering fellowship for women in San Francisco. It’s a 12-week program that covers the fundamentals of computer science and web development, including but not limited to Python. 90% of graduates receive full-time job offers, and it’s in no small part because of the impressive partnerships Hackbright has with companies like Facebook and Pinterest. Hackbright is a big supporter of Python because of its utility as a teaching language and its wide use at the commercial level. Check out this interview with Hackbright instructor Bonnie.
- Where: San Francisco, CA
- Cost: $16,570
- Bootcamp Length: 12 weeks
“I’m really happy that I went somewhere Python-focused and more focused on CS fundamentals than just learning Rails as a web framework. Now, it’s going to be easy for me to pick up Ruby and Rails, whereas it might be less easy to go the other way. I think it’s probably likely that where I end up will be a Rails shop, but I’m glad that I learned Python first.” -Siena Aguayo via Course Report
- Why: With locations all over the southern United States, Iron Yard has established itself as a fantastic program to take newbie developers and turn them into serious programmers with their 3-month coding bootcamps. The Python course is no exception and it focuses on getting students to start working with Python as its used in the real world for Big Data projects and analysis.
- Where: Durham, NC. Las Vegas, NV. Charlotte, NC. Raleigh, NC. Dallas, TX. San Antonio, TX.
- Cost: $13,900
- Bootcamp Length: 3 months
“The bottom line is that The Iron Yard will not only teach you the tools and skills that you need to be a successful developer, but it will surround you with directors and instructors who care about you and your future. Knowing that there are people working just as hard as you are to ensure your success is what makes The Iron Yard unique. I'm not sure if you can find the same anywhere else, but I am sure that you'll get that at The Iron Yard.” Andrew R via Course Report
- Why: Students at Coding Dojo can choose to learn three out of five coding languages as part of the web development bootcamp. Those five languages include Python, Ruby on Rails, LAMP, MEAN, and iOS. Coding Dojo staff believe that all programmers should know multiple programming languages to be successful and versatile. Read our interview with ex-NASA developer turned Coding Dojo instructor Daniel Oostra.
- Where: Seattle, Silicon Valley, Chicago, Washington DC, Dallas,
- Cost: $12,995
- Bootcamp Length: 14 weeks
"Going to Coding Dojo was a game-changer for me...The immersive experience was just what I needed to get my hands dirty and get the wheels of a programming mind turning. Through the many hours I spent coding, I can say that it worked. The payoff was great as long as you put in the work. The teachers were kind and helpful" - Anonymous reviewer via Course Report.
- Where: Washington DC
- Cost: Free
- Bootcamp Length: 1 year
If a full-time Python bootcamp seems daunting, consider dipping your toes in the water with a part-time introduction to Python or an online Python course.
- Why: Eleven Fifty pushes students to make the most of their time in an intense coding environment. Their Python course is no exception as students will spend a focused 5 days learning how to build web applications and web servers and frameworks. Scott Jones is a proven name in the tech industry and Eleven Fifty is a proven name in tech education. A lot can happen in 5 days.
- Where: Indianapolis, IN
- Cost: $2500
- Bootcamp Length: 5 days
“The instruction was phenomenal and very hands on, I was typing my own code and editing images and actually understanding what was being taught. I felt comfortable asking questions at times when I didn't fully grasp certain concepts, but the course itself moved at a pace that kept me from feeling like I was drowning. I couldn't be happier with Eleven Fifty and the investment I made in this class. I will certainly be returning for more advanced classes in the future!” -Trevor Steele via Course Report
- Why: In addition to their intensive Development Accelerators, Code Fellows also offers 4 week Foundations night courses. The Foundations course serves as an introduction to the Python language and its core concepts. Students will leave with the basic knowledge they need to excel in whatever their next Python endeavor is.
- Where: Seattle, WA and Portland, OR.
- Cost: $1500
- Bootcamp Length: 4 weeks (Monday/Wednesday)
- Why: Don’t want to commit to a bootcamp? Can’t find the time or the money, or just don’t want to leave where you are? Thinkful offers serious 1-on-1 online mentorship in a variety of subjects. Thinkful has both a general Programming in Python course as well as a Data Science in Python course. Students will build projects and learn to use relational databases in conjunction with Python. The general course covers the basics of data science as well.
- Where: Online
- Cost: $500
- Bootcamp Length: 3 months (10/15 hours per week)
“One could argue that you could find similar projects to work on and just use free tools. Maybe. But for me the bundle of the Thinkful curriculum, plus mentor, plus projects was really a winning formula. Different people learn in different ways. But if you're busy with a day job and family, and are serious about learning, I really would recommend Thinkful. It will save you time and maximize your learning. Good luck!” -Edoe Cohen via Course Report
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