Hi, I’m Brian, a former senior software engineer and now software engineering mentor at Pathrise. I have worked with hundreds of software engineers to help them land their dream job. Check out my article on the best resources to learn software engineering.
Updated in 2021
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of software engineering jobs will increase 21% between 2018 and 2028. When you compare that to the average increase of 5%, you can tell that there is a lot of demand for software engineers and that won’t be changing any time soon.
So, if you are looking to learn software engineering, need to brush up on your skills, or want to practice more advanced topics, we compiled a list of resources that can help. Or, before diving in, check out our article to learn what does a software engineer do?
Classes on Udacity range from introductory level to advanced. They are most well known for their nanodegree programs, which they offer in a variety of programming topics like front end and full stack development, data structures & algorithms, and iOS & Android development.
The nanodegree programs require students to work 10-15 hours per week on their courses. The length varies from 3 months on the low end to 7 months on the high end. They cost between $1100-$1500. Learn more about Udacity in our review.
Springboard is an online education platform that aims to that aims to bridge the world’s skills gap. Students learn through Springboard Career Tracks. Each program includes technical 1-on-1 sessions with an expert mentor and access to career coaching and feedback. Upon completion of a Springboard course, students get a six-month runway to secure a role in their industry of choice. If they don’t get a job after six months, they receive 100% of their tuition back.
Springboard also offers prep courses for students who want to learn software engineering but need to brush up on their skills. Learn more about Springboard in our review.
The courses include pre-recorded videos as well as related articles and resources to help students understand what they are learning. After completion, students are given a certificate of completion. Courses on Udemy range in price, from around $50 to $200, though they often have coupons available online as well as large discounts, often bringing the price down for courses to $9.99.
Students learn by watching pre-recorded videos, taking quizzes, practicing problems, and creating projects. The Pro membership for Codecademy is $19.99/month when on a 12 month subscription, $29.99/month when on a 6 month subscription, and $39.99/month when paying month-to-month. Learn more about Codecademy in our review.
Similar to Codecademy, Coursera has various types of programs. Courses are a mix of recorded video lectures, assignments, and community discussion forums, which teach a new skill in 4-6 weeks. Specializations are focused on career-specific skills through a variety of courses on the subject over 4-6 months.
Students who complete the courses and specializations receive shareable certificates. Many of their classes are verified by universities, like Princeton, UCSD, and Stanford. They also offer professional certificates, which last between 50-85 hours, and online degrees (master and bachelor) from universities like Penn, Arizona State, and University of Illinois. They also offer free courses that do not come with a certificate, so people who are just interested in learning new skills could benefit from these.
Courses on Coursera range from $29 to $99, depending on the subject. Specializations range from $39 to $79 per month, meaning the maximum amount someone could pay for a Specialization would $475. The online degrees require an application and admissions process and cost between $15k and $25k.
7. Hack Reactor
Hack Reactor is a bootcamp that helps people learn the technical skills necessary to land a job as a software engineer. They offer a full-time onsite bootcamp as well as a full-time or part-time online bootcamp that takes 12 weeks to complete with class from 9am-8pm. They make use of Galvanize campuses in Austin, Boulder, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle. Before participating in the course, though, students are required to do 80 hours of pre-work on their own. The full-time and part-time bootcamps cost the same: $17,980.
8. Kenzie Academy
9. App Academy
Thinkful is a bootcamp for people interested in learning the skills necessary to become a full stack software engineer. They offer full-time and part-time options for software engineering courses. The full-time courses require 50-60 hours a week while the part-time options require 20-30 hours per week. Participants receive a written curriculum and the opportunity to meet with their program managers and mentor to discuss what they read and work through the problems. They do not have informational videos or live lectures.
There are a lot of options for tuition at Thinkful. Students can choose to pay $16,000 upfront or $3,520 month-to-month. They can also defer payments and pay fixed monthly payments or through an income share agreement (ISA). Finally, they can choose to pay $17,600 through an interest-only or immediate repayment loan.
11. Flatiron School
A well known program, Flatiron School offers a software engineering bootcamp online and onsite in many cities. They offer courses on software engineering, UX design, data science, and cybersecurity analytics. Students can choose between full-time immersive or part-time courses. The full-time courses on campus last from 12-24 weeks. Online, they are varied in length. Flatiron also offers free pre-bootcamp courses for software engineering, data science, and UX design.
12. General Assembly
With courses in software engineering and other topics, General Assembly in-person and online options. Students can choose between full-time immersive or part-time courses, though for online, the only full-time course is in software engineering. The full-time program has class from 7am to 3pm or 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday for about 3 months. Part-time classes are typically held twice a week for 3 hours and the course lasts 10 weeks, though it does vary somewhat by program. Learn more about General Assembly in our review.
If you are looking to take learn software engineering so you can start a career in the field, these tools can help you get the necessary background you need to succeed. You can also check out how Career Karma ranks coding bootcamps to help you make a decision.
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