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2019 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study

23,043 Students will Graduate from Coding Bootcamps in 2019 with 171% growth in Online

Liz Eggleston Thursday - Aug 01, 2019

Course Report is happy to present our sixth Market Sizing Report, another in-depth, empirical study that takes stock of the coding bootcamp industry each year. Course Report polled every full-time, in-person US/Canadian bootcamp with courses in web and mobile development, gathering statistics on 2018 graduates and projected 2019 graduation rates. Our response rate was once again impressive: 93% of schools responded.

This year marks the 7th anniversary for the coding bootcamp industry, and the number of coding bootcamp graduates continues to grow since the first bootcamps launched in 2012. Coding bootcamps are a $309 million industry and will graduate ~23,000 developers in 2019. 

Key Findings

Coding bootcamps will graduate over 23,000 students in 2019 and are ramping up Online & Corporate Training in 2019. Course Report found:

  • In 2019, the coding bootcamp market will grow by 49%, to an estimated 23,043 graduates in 2019, up from 15,429 in 2018.   (1)
  • Trend Alert: 29 bootcamps work with partners on corporate training; this year, these 29 bootcamps expect to teach an additional 22,549 students via 995 corporate training partners (growth of 34% since 2018).
  • Online coding bootcamps are growing even more quickly than in-person bootcamps; 5,519 (of the total 23,043 students) will graduate from full-time, online coding bootcamps this year.
  • As a point of comparison, we estimate that there were 93,427 undergraduate computer science graduates from accredited US universities in 2018.  (2)
  • In 2019, there are 96 in-person bootcamp providers and 14 online bootcamp providers. As of June 1, there are coding bootcamps in 71 US cities and 38 states.
  • Average tuition price of qualifying in-person courses is on the rise – $13,584, with an average program length of 15.1 weeks. Online bootcamps are slightly less expensive ($12,898) and much longer (24.3 weeks).
  • We estimate that tuition revenue from qualifying schools will be $309,237,750 in 2019 (not including corporate training revenue) – this includes $71,186,477 from online schools in 2019. Trend Alert: 23 bootcamps offer Deferred Tuition or Income Sharing Agreements in 2019. 
  • This year, Full Stack JavaScript continues to be the most common teaching language, used in 44% of Web Development courses. 

 

1 Note: the 2017 figure does not include online coding bootcamp graduates.
2 We 
estimated undergraduate CS graduates by using the 2017 Taulbee Study, published by the CRA (https://cra.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2017-Taulbee-Survey-Report.pdf). The Taulbee Study is a survey of PhD-granting departments, released annually in May. The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics compiles statistics on undergraduate degrees, but hasn’t published statistics since 2011. We assumed that Taulbee captured 26% of the total undergraduate degrees, based on the most recent comparison published at http://cra.org/crn/2012/11/counting_computing_cra_taulbee_survey_and_nsf_statistics/. 

Participating Schools

In-Person:

Academy Pittsburgh Actualize Ada Developers Academy
Alchemy Code Lab App Academy Arkansas Coding Academy
Array School of Technology & Design Awesome Inc U Big Sky Code Academy
Bitmaker General Assembly BoiseCodeWorks Bottega  
BrainStation Buildschool Burlington Code Academy 
Byte Academy Carolina Code School Claim Academy
Cleveland Codes Code Fellows Code Platoon
Code Stack Academy CodeCore Bootcamp CodeCrew Code School  
Coder Foundry Codesmith Codeup
Coding Dojo Coding Temple Concordia Bootcamps
Cook Systems Fast Track'd Craftmanship Academy Deep Dive Coding
Delta V Code School devCodeCamp DevMountain
DevPoint Labs DigitalCrafts Eleven Fifty Academy
Epicodus Flatiron School Fullstack Academy
General Assembly Grace Hopper Program Grand Circus
Hack Reactor Hackbright Academy HackerYou
Helio Training Holberton School Horizons Academy
Ironhack Innovate Birmingham Inventive Academy
Jax Code Academy JRS Coding School Launch Academy
LaunchCode LEARN Academy LearningFuze
Lighthouse Labs Max Technical Training Momentum
Montana Code School Nashville Software School NewForce
NPower Operation Spark Orange County Code School
Origin Code Academy PDX Code Guild Platform by Per Scholas
Prime Digital Academy Project Shift Punch Code
Pursuit RED Academy Redwood Code Academy
Resilient Coders Rithm School Skill Distillery
Software Guild Suncoast Developers Guild Academy Tech Elevator
Tech Talent South Techtonica Academy The Clubhou.se Code Bootcamp
TrueCoders Turing TurnToTech
Untapped Code Academy V School We Can Code IT 
Wyncode  Zip Code Wilmington  

 

Online:

App Academy Bottega Covalence
Coding Dojo General Assembly Hack Reactor/Galvanize
Jax Code Academy Kenzie Academy Lambda School
Launch School Microverse Thinkful  
V School Woz U  

 

Missing from 2019 Study:

  • Only one school refused to participate in the study: Sabio
  • 8 schools were non-responsive: New Force, Code Stack Academy, NPower, TurnToTech, PDX Code Guild, Operation Spark, Pursuit (formerly C4Q Code), and Cook Systems Fast Track'd. Zero online bootcamps were non-responsive.
  • 5 of those schools – TurnToTech, PDX Code Guild, Operation Spark, Pursuit (formerly C4Q Code), and Cook Systems Fast Track'd, participated in our 2018 report but failed to respond in 2019. The industry growth rate was applied to reported 2018 graduates. To establish an “Industry Growth Rate,” we calculated the growth rate from 2018-2019 of actual reported graduates for a growth rate of 37%. We only included schools who fully participated in both 2017 and 2018.

9 bootcamps are not included in the 2019 study which were included in 2018, for a variety of reasons:

  • Schools that participated in 2018 but no longer qualify for this report (ie. teach children only, changed to part-time only, etc): Hunter Business School, Dev League
  • New York Code + Design Academy3, Origin Code Academy, i2 Labs Academy, CodeCraft School, CodeNinja, Coder Camps, Code Career Academy are closed.
  • Note: Cincy Code IT is now MAX Technical Training, DecodeMTL is now Concordia Bootcamps.

Learn More...

2018 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Study
2018 Graduate Outcomes + Demographics Study
2017 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Study
 

 

3  Because NYCDA closed at the end of 2018, we included 2018 graduates. NYCDA is not included in 2019 numbers. 

In our sixth annual Course Report Survey, we surveyed a total of 110 coding schools, commonly referred to as “bootcamps” or “accelerated learning programs.” Of the schools surveyed, which had to meet a set of criteria described below, 102 completed the survey, for a response rate of 93% percent. The surveys were sent to school representatives and graduation figures are self-reported by the respondents. 

Criteria – In-Person. To qualify for inclusion in the survey, a school must (a) offer full-time, in-person instruction of 40 or more hours of classroom time per week, (b) not be administered by an accredited college or university, (c) provide coding-specific curriculum with a focus on Full-Stack Web Development, Mobile Development, or Front-End Web Development (a separate report will be released for schools specializing in product development, data science, design, marketing, or security), and (d) have campuses in the United States or Canada. Many schools offer courses at multiple campuses across a wide range of curriculums. Respondents were asked to only report on courses meeting the above criteria (full-time, in-person, non-accredited, programming-specific, United States/Canada). 

Criteria – Online. To qualify for inclusion in the survey, a school must (a) offer full-time, synchronous, online instruction of 40 or more hours of classroom time per week, (b) not be administered by an accredited college or university, (c) provide coding-specific curriculum with a focus on Full-Stack Web Development, Mobile Development, or Front-End Web Development and (d) be instructor-led.

2019 Forecast. All participants reported the number of students who graduated in 2018. All participants also provided estimates of their expected, 2019 graduate total.

Course Analysis. In addition to survey responses, we utilized the Course Report database of individual, in-person course sections to identify a sample of 180 courses (used in Table 4 and Chart 1) from all 96 qualifying in-person schools. To qualify for our sample, the course needed to meet all of the above criteria and have a start date in 2018. 

About Course Report. Course Report, founded in 2013 by Liz Eggleston and Adam Lovallo, operates https://www.coursereport.com/, which helps potential students find and research coding bootcamp programs. Course Report offers a directory of schools, course schedules, reviews and interviews with teachers, founders, students, and alumni.

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