Could 2023 be the year you pursue the tech career you’ve been considering for a long time?
Despite those mass layoffs you’ve heard about from Big Tech companies that hired too quickly or face internal turmoil, we know that in times of economic uncertainty, tech jobs tend to be more resilient than most. Look to CompTIA’s latest tech jobs report showing a continuously upward trajectory for industry employment, or consider this note Philly-based fractional CTO Nico Westerdale posted on LinkedIn recently:
“Skilled software engineers, product professionals, data scientists and marketers are skill in huge demand, and there are positions out there that employers are still having difficulty filling.
Large technology companies can afford to shrink numbers with minimal impact to the bottom line, but the majority of companies do not operate this way and technology hires are more critical to operational efficiency.”
Even during a period of economic turbulence, software and IT roles continue to be some of the most sought for employers to fill. That means there’s opportunity for those looking to enter the field. But first, training is required. A number of coding bootcamps and IT training programs have formed in recent years with a recognition that professionals are in demand, and the education necessary to enter the field typically doesn’t require a college degree.
Whether you’re a career changer or looking to improve your existing skills, we hope this guide serves as a resource to kick off or continue your coding education. Below, check out a dozen tech and coding programs with a presence in the Philly region for you to consider.
If you’re not necessarily seeking something local, note that programs such as General Assembly and Thinkful have fully remote courses you can take from anywhere. And while Technical.ly previously reported that CodeBoxx was going to expand into Philly, we couldn’t find any evidence of that on their website (and a rep didn’t reply to our request for comment), but you can still check out its fully remote courses.
- When? The next cohort starts Feb. 13 and runs daily for 20 weeks.
- Cost? Accepted applicants receive free training with a $10,00 biweekly learning stipend.
- What? Drexel University’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies offers courses in web design, development and coding. There are three courses that happen one after another throughout the winter and spring on 2023 in these subjects. These course are completely online.
- When? This year’s courses are Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. starting Jan. 17.
- Cost? $995 per course
- What? This bootcamp is a nonprofit that added Philly as a site in 2021. The org not only teaches coding skills, but also professional skills, and helps its student land their first tech job. The program is self-paced and online.
- When? Students are accepted to courses leading up to their start. Courses run all year.
- Cost? The program is free.
- What? University of Pennsylvania’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies offers bootcamps in coding, data science and cybersecurity. The coding program is offered as a 12-week full-time program or a 24-week part-time program. The other subjects are only offered part time. These courses require 10 hours in the virtual classroom per week and additional time outside the classroom.
- When? The bootcamps are currently enrolling for programs starting in March.
- Cost? The coding bootcamps are $12,995, data science is $13,495 and cybersecurity is $13,995.
- When? There are bootcamps throughout the year, with options to complete them in person or remotely. There are also options for 14-week full-time programs or 30-week part-time commitments.
- Cost? Tuition is $16,500, but there are options for scholarships and grants.
- What? The Exton-based company offers a wide variety of courses in technology skills and subjects. The courses are online and range from one day to a few days with different time commitments.
- When? Courses are regularly added and open for enrollment throughout the year.
- Cost? A range of prices from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the course.
- What? This program focuses on young adult ages 18 to 26 years old by providing education about PC hardware, troubleshooting, IT networking, security and more, plus a five-week internship.
- When? The program is twice a year in the fall and spring, and runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for 16 weeks.
- Cost? Free for accepted applicants
- What? This company offers courses in web development, front-end development, back-end development or full stack. Courses are online, but you’d be grouped with other people from Philadelphia.
- When? The coursework is on your own time during the week and live on Saturdays. Courses are each about a month long.
- Cost? Courses range from $500 to about $3,o00.
Check out these programs just for young people:
- What? This nonprofit is focused on fighting social and economic inequity by exposing young people in Philadelphia to tech subjects including software development, digital design, computer science and entrepreneurship.
- When? Course includes self-paced work and live learning on weekends.
- What? This nonprofit serving youth ages 16 to 27 expanded to a new space in Kensington this past fall after years operating out of Camden. Participants receive tech training and work experience — say, building websites for clients — and get connected with employee partners.
- When? Training runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- What? This Philly-founded, now-national nonprofit aims to help middle school girls embrace the power of technology.
- When? After school, weekly camps plus weekend workshops
And consider these meetup groups and other organizations for a less formal commitment, meant to introduce tech newcomers or support lifelong learners:
- R Ladies Philly — This local chapter of the global organization R-Ladies focuses on gathering women who are interested in the R programming language. The group hosts meetup events to gather and learn more about the language. Meetups are scheduled for January and February in 2023.
- Philly Tech Sistas — This organization is focused on helping women of color enter and grow in the tech industry. The group hosts regular programming and workshops about tech subjects to help attendees grow their skills and knowledge. The group hosted some events at the end of 2022, but hasn’t posted any for 2023 yet.
- Philadelphia WordPress Meetup Group — This is a group of local WordPress enthusiasts who get together to learn more about the platform. The group meets monthly, but hasn’t posted any new events for 2023 yet.
This list was built from our 2021 guide with some changes and additions. If you think we’ve missed anything, reach out at email@example.com.
Sarah Huffman is a 2022-2023 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.