College or Coder? If Money Talks...

Learn to code, double your salary

The most interesting angle on this CNN piece -- learning to code can get you a $70K job -- is that it calls into question whether the exorbitant price of most college educations in the current job market is money poorly invested. 

There's also the issue of cost -- these "coding bootcamps" don't come cheap. Coding Dojo, one of the schools featured in the CNN article, is headquartered outside Seattle and ranges between $10,000 to $13,500, depending on location, for a 14 week course. General Assembly, another popular program with outposts around the world, costs over $14,000 for a 12-week course. 

But compared to a college degree costing tens of thousands dollars more, spread out over roughly 200 weeks, not to mention the current dreary prospects for many degrees,, a coding expertise gained in 3-4 months may pay a lifetime of dividends. To make that case, Coding Dojo, founded in 2012, released a report Tuesday, which found that 56.5% of its graduates earned less than $35,000 before enrolling. After completing its course, graduates made an average of $72,221.

Demand is exceptionally high, due to an abundance of coding jobs -- 500,000 in the U.S. right now. And those roles are expected to grow at twice the rate of other jobs. Let supply and demand be your guide. 

Learning to code can get you a $70,000 job