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.