At Climb, we work with over 30 coding bootcamps — you might be asking why this is. Many of them provide a great return on investment. So, what exactly does web development entail, and how can you learn these skills? We’ve got the info you need in our latest Industry Spotlight below!
What is web development?
To put it into a broad-strokes definition, web development is a term used for the work done to create a website. It includes front-end developers, who create what the users see, back-end developers, who create the behind-the-scenes functionality, and full-stack developers, who deal with all aspects of the website.
What’s the outlook of web development?
You may have heard talk about the growth of web development and other tech careers. That’s because this growth is, of course, rapid. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for web development from 2016-26 is 15% growth, or “much faster than average.” With a median salary of $67,990, many students of coding bootcamps get a great return on their investment.
To quote Climb borrower and General Assembly graduate Joshua Jaffe: “I’ve already said this to many of my friends, but in this current tech-heavy and economically turbulent climate, there are few careers more stable and solvent than technology design, development, and maintenance. It’s easy to feel that switching careers and adding an entirely new skill set to your life is too much to manage, but the end result is beyond worth it.”
How you can get into web development
Of course, getting a computer science degree is one way to enter web development, but it’s not the only path available to people interested in coding! After all, not everyone has the funds or the time to commit to a whole degree. And that’s where coding bootcamps come in — they’re a great alternative that increases accessibility to a coding education. According to Course Report’s 2018 Market Size Study, “there are 95 in-person bootcamp providers and 13 online bootcamp providers. As of June 1, there are coding bootcamps in 86 US cities and 44 states.”
But if you’re worried about jumping into a new field with little to no previous experience, there are also steps you can take to get a jump-start. Plenty of free online or in-person resources, like tutorials or workshops, can be found to help you get prepared. Check out Codecademy, or visit your potential school’s website to find any upcoming events!
Essentially, if you’re passionate about creating things and learning new concepts, there are plenty of resources available to help get you through the door in a high-growth industry that allows you to do both, whether that’s a traditional education, coding bootcamps, or online tutorials!