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Explore Thinkful's Web Development Bootcamp jobs report.

We're proud to be the first online school to publish a jobs report. It shows all student outcomes in our Web Development Bootcamp, from enrollments and graduation rate to job placement and salary increase, updated as of .

Our Web Development Bootcamp helps students become programmers without forcing them to quit their jobs or change cities. We now open its results so you can decide for yourself how we're doing.

Since 2012 we've educated over 5,000 students and are joined by the largest network of mentors around – just over 300 professional software engineers each with an average of 10 years' experience. Our mission is to provide universal, mentor-led learning.

Not all students demand this level of transparency, but they should. When choosing a school, ask how many students have enrolled in the program you'll be taking. Ask for the graduation rate and how it's calculated. Ask the school how many students it's placed as developers.

This report is updated on the first of every month. Improvements or errors we uncover are shown immediately.

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students have joined our Web Development Bootcamp since it was launched in April, 2015. So far, of those who started at least six months ago (enough time to graduate or stop early), % have graduated and of job-seeking graduates have been placed in jobs as developers within six months of graduating. Our graduates' average starting salary is higher than their average salary before starting the bootcamp.


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Salary increase among job-seeking graduates

What does getting a job mean?

Web Development Bootcamp students land technical roles as developers, programmers, and engineers. They go to both startups and large companies, most of the time without needing to relocate. Most positions are salaried, others are contract, and a few are paid internships; all of them put Bootcamp graduates to work for competitive pay using skills acquired at Thinkful.
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How long does it take to graduate?

Our Flexible Web Development Bootcamp is self-paced and designed to fit the lives of working adults. We define graduation as the point when they have either (1) completed their coursework and portfolio or (2) found a job as a developer, whichever comes first. The goal of our Web Development Bootcamp is to help students find jobs, after all, not to give them a diploma. This chart shows how long Flexible Web Development Bootcamp students have taken to graduate.
Our Full Time Web Development Bootcamp has a set duration of 4 months; all graduates complete the course in 4 months. Their data is not included in this chart.
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How long does it take to get a job?

Over half of our Web Development bootcamp students have gotten jobs before graduating from the course. Within six months of graduation have been placed.
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What are students’ goals? Are they employed during the course?

Our Web Development Bootcamp is open to anyone but tends to attract those who are full-time employed and looking to start a new career.

Goal for the course

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Who are the students?

Just over half of all students are in their 20s, while the average age is about 30. Women and men graduate at the same rate, but more men enroll than women. In January, 2016 we announced The Women in Tech Scholarship to encourage enrollment by women.

Age distribution

Gender breakdown

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Where are the students?

Our Web Development Bootcamp is open to students everywhere, beyond the typical tech hubs. About 10% of students are based outside the US.

Top 7 cities for Bootcamp students

  1. New York City, NY
  2. Charlotte, NC
  3. Los Angeles, CA
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Atlanta, GA
  7. Sydney, Australia
Web Development Bootcamp

A bootcamp built to get you hired.

By combining an in-depth, project-based approach with three 1-on-1 sessions every week, we've designed this program to land you a developer job. Our Web Development Bootcamp is the most efficient way to create a unique portfolio that showcases the skills employers look for. Working side-by-side with a professional developer, you'll build interactive websites and apps. Your mentor will customize each phase of the course, so you can learn other JavaScript frameworks and build advanced capstone projects from scratch.

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