Helping graduates land jobs
Our mission is to enable the pursuit of a better life through education. For over eight years, Flatiron School has helped students achieve that goal by preparing them for careers in tech.
Back in 2014, we released the industry’s first independently examined jobs report, pioneering the concept of jobs reporting in the bootcamp industry and setting a standard of transparency in educational results.
And in 2020, in the face of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, our students continued to work toward their futures. This Jobs Report marks our largest in our eight-year history, and more students than ever learned the skills they needed to change their lives and performed a remote job search in a turbulent and uncertain economy. Of 2,262 students in 2019, 1,510 were job-seeking graduates — this report covers their job search journey.
As we have grown, we have remained as committed as ever to the standards we put forth in 2014. We’re proud to continue to serve our students and the industry at large by putting results first.
How successful are Flatiron School students when they graduate?
The best bootcamps get graduates jobs — and are happy to prove it.
In a year that’s made the future seem uncertain, our commitment to honesty and transparency is stronger than ever. That’s why, once again, we released a third-party examined Jobs Report this year.
And the numbers speak for themselves. Though we expected the Covid-19 pandemic to influence our job placement rates and salary averages, we’re proud to stand by our outcomes and our students' success. This report is further proof that when you invest in Flatiron School you invest in an education with a track record you can trust.
The following takeaways are based on the data contained in our 2020 Jobs Report. The report covers students who were scheduled to complete or graduated from an On-Campus or Online program between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 — 1,510 of whom were considered job-seeking graduates. For more information, see the full report.
Placement Rate: For job-seeking on-campus and online graduates included in the 2020 Jobs Report including full-time salaried roles, full-time contract, internship, apprenticeship, and freelance roles, and part-time roles during the reporting period. In our 2020 Jobs Report, of 1,510 graduates who completed a Job Search Cycle, 1,293 (86%) accepted a job offer within the reporting period, 12 (1%) accepted a job after the reporting period, 2 (0%) did not disclose their employment data, and 203 (13%) had not accepted a job as of the compiling of this report.
Average Salary: For job-seeking on-campus US graduates who accepted full-time salaried jobs during the reporting period and disclosed their compensation. The average starting salary for US on-campus graduates who accepted full-time contract, internship, apprenticeship, or freelance roles and disclosed compensation was $33/hr. Average pay for a part-time role was $24/hr (see full Jobs Report).
How does Flatiron School's job search work?
We wrote the leading playbook. The heart of our organization is outcomes which is why our personalized Career Services program has such high standards. Our Career Services team hires high-quality mentors and career coaches committed to helping you find a career in tech. Through continual investment in our career services program, we are able to drive consistently high placement rates, prestige, and high average starting salaries year in and year out.
Here’s how Flatiron School’s Career Services work: When you approach graduation, you’re paired with a dedicated mentor to support your job search — your new Career Coach. When you're ready, your new Coach will help you kick off your job search phase. Once you do, over the course of the next 6 months, you’ll complete our Career Prep Track, work hand in hand with your Coach to perfect your résumé, reach out to companies, perform mock interviews, build your online portfolio and personal brand, and develop your story.
We take our tried-and-true search practices and tailor them to you, so that you won’t just get a job after your bootcamp, but will find a job that aligns with your future. Aligning our goals with yours is how Flatiron School maintains the quality jobs outcomes in the report below.
How many Flatiron School grads find jobs?
We often get asked, "Can you get a job after a coding bootcamp?" It's a fair question. Our goal is to teach you the skills you need and to help you land a job. At any bootcamp, outcomes are directly tied to educational rigor and career services, which is why, every year, Flatiron School maintains high job placement rates.
In these disciplines featured in our 2020 Jobs Report* — Software Engineering and Data Science — 86% of job-seeking graduates found jobs within the reporting period, changing their futures forever. The answer is yes, and the proof is below.
For job-seeking on-campus and online graduates included in the 2020 Jobs Report including full-time salaried roles, full-time contract, internship, apprenticeship, and freelance roles, and part-time roles during the reporting period.
*Our 2020 Jobs Report also included a small number of graduates of our UX/UI program. These graduates have been included in overall graduate outcomes, but given that UX/UI graduates represent a very small portion of the report, we have not highlighted them here.
For a deeper dive into individual placement rates by location, download the full report.
How long does it take for job-seeking grads to find a job?
Flatiron School grads know what it means to work hard. In as little as four months, they learn the coding languages, rules, and techniques behind tech's most important processes. That's why so many students can hit the ground running after graduation, executing an efficient, structured job search to land a job.
In fact, more than half of job-seeking grads — 53% — found their job within 2 months of starting their job search.
A job is defined in our report as employment or engagement as a contractor that is: paid, at least 20 hours of work per week, anticipated to be at least three months in duration at the time of job acceptance or later extended to be a total of at least three months long in duration, and related to the student’s Flatiron School field of study.
Of 1,510 graduates who completed a Job Search Cycle, time to employment was as follows: 37% (557) had accepted a job within 30 days, 53% (793) had accepted a job within 60 days, 69% (1,043) had accepted a job within 120 days, 78% (1,173) had accepted a job within 180 days, 86% (1,293) had accepted a job within the reporting period, and 1% (12) accepted a job after the reporting period.
How much do Flatiron School grads make?
At Flatiron School, you learn the hard tech skills and coding languages you need to succeed. You also learn the soft skills you need to succeed within tech teams with other departments.
In other words, when you graduate from Flatiron School you enter the job force with the skills companies value — and the average starting salaries for Flatiron grads nationwide prove it.
Software Engineering grad starting salaries vs. local markets
What is a graduate's average starting salary after a coding bootcamp? And is it in line with those of the rest of the workforce? To find out, we used our 2020 Jobs Report and ZipRecruiter to compare the average starting salary for Software Engineering grads across our campuses with the average starting salary for those roles in each respective city.
The results? The average starting salaries for Flatiron School graduates included in the report were in line with their city's standard, if not better.
Flatiron School salaries are for graduates who accepted full-time salaried roles within the reporting period and disclosed their compensation.
Data Science grad starting salaries vs. local markets
You've probably heard it before: Data science is booming. According to LinkedIn's 2020 Emerging Jobs Report, roles related to data science — Data Scientist, Data Engineer, Artificial Intelligence Specialist — are some of the fastest growing jobs in America.
Big data, data analysis, data science, data engineering — they're both the jobs of today and the jobs of the future. And the salary numbers for our Data Science grads reflect that.
Again, we compared the average starting salary for Flatiron School's Data Science grads vs. the average starting salary in each city. The results: Flatiron School's Data Science grads included in the report averaged a higher starting salary in New York, D.C., and Houston, and were in line with Seattle’s city standard. Nationwide, grads averaged a $85,737 starting salary.
*Average starting salary ‘Entry Level Data Scientist‘ in each respective city, according to ZipRecruiter | New York City, Washington, D.C., Seattle. For Houston, ‘Junior Data Scientist‘ was used because data for ‘Entry Level Data Scientist‘ was not available.
Flatiron School salaries are for graduates who accepted full-time salaried roles within the reporting period and disclosed their compensation.
How is Flatiron School working to promote gender equity in tech?
It's no mystery that the tech industry suffers from a steep gender gap. Industry numbers don't lie:
Only 25% of employees at tech's largest companies are women
Women comprise 57% of the workforce but only 26% of Computing & Mathematical jobs
Women in tech are 22% more likely to feel Impostor Syndrome than men
It's a problem that can be solved, and everyone — individuals and companies — must do their part.
At Flatiron School, we understand that. We also understand change doesn't happen without opportunity and action. That's why we continuously work internally and partner with like-minded companies, offering scholarships and empowerment initiatives to expand opportunities for women interested in joining the tech industry.
And those efforts are reflected in the global results: Our 2020 Jobs Report saw women accept job offers within the reporting period at a higher rate and with higher average starting salaries than men. In the report, 90% of Flatiron School job-seeking grads who accepted offers and identified as women landed jobs with an average starting salary of $72,280.
Placement rates: For job-seeking women graduates included in the 2020 Jobs Report including full-time salaried roles, full-time contract, internship, apprenticeship, and freelance roles, and part-time roles during the reporting period
Average starting salaries: For job-seeking students who accepted full-time salaried jobs during the reporting period and disclosed their compensation. The average starting salary for students who took full-time contract, internship, apprenticeship, or freelance roles and disclosed compensation was $31/hr for graduates who identified as male and $33/hr for graduates who identified as female. Average pay for a part-time role was $24/hr for graduates who identify male and $30/hr for graduates who identify female.
How does gender diversity in Flatiron School's classrooms compare to college classrooms?
Through initiatives like Women Take Tech, Flatiron School's classroom gender breakdown outpaces that of traditional postsecondary education. 33% of 2019 graduates were women, 12 points higher than the number of women who graduated from similar fields of study at colleges and universities nationwide.
What was the placement rate of job seeking graduates who identify as women?
Plain and simple: Women are attending Flatiron School and succeeding. And after graduation, they’re executing successful job searches, landing new jobs, and starting exciting new careers. In the 2020 Jobs Report, 90% of job-seeking women graduates successfully found jobs within the reporting period.
Of 515 graduates who completed a Job Search Cycle and identified as Female, 462 (90%) accepted a job offer within the reporting period, 0 (0%) accepted a job after the reporting period, 1 (0%) did not disclose their employment data, and 52 (10%) had not accepted a job as of the compiling of this report.
What’s gender diversity look like for employees at Flatiron School?
We advocate empowerment for women and other underrepresented groups in tech, but it wouldn't stand for much if we didn't practice what we preach. At Flatiron School, we embody our mission. We work every day to cultivate an environment that promotes diverse thoughts, ideas, and solutions.
The graph below is not part of the 2020 Jobs Report, and is based on our internal data.
What educational backgrounds do Flatiron's students have?
As tech grows, there's more room for people from various educational backgrounds across the industry. Not only does that mean more variety in the job force, but a more creative, diverse, and interesting classroom to learn in. Over the past year, students from across the educational spectrum — from high school diplomas to Master's degrees — enrolled at Flatiron School, jump-starting their careers in tech.
Bootcamp or Bachelor's?
College and legacy higher education are more expensive than ever.
Adjusted for inflation, the cost of a public college has increased by 65% since 2000
And during that time, the cost of a private institution increased by 50%
From 1989 to 2016, college costs rose 8x faster than average wages
So it's no surprise that students are increasingly comparing coding bootcamps vs. colleges and considering alternative ways to learn computer programming or data science skills without amassing college-level debt.
The 2020 Report marked another increase in percent of students without a Bachelor's degree — 21% vs. 18% in the 2019 Jobs Report — a trend we expect will continue as college costs grow.
In our 2020 Jobs Report, 18% of addressable students had completed an Associate’s degree, technical or vocational training, or some college credit without earning a degree, and 3% had completed a high school diploma with no college credit.
In our 2019 Jobs Report, 17% of addressable students had completed an Associate’s degree, technical or vocational training, or some college credit without earning a degree, and 1% had completed a high school diploma and no college credit.
Bootcamp after Master's?
Further, tech skills are becoming increasingly important in more industries and concentrations. As the number of students without a degree have increased, so has the number of students with a Master's degree. Flatiron School helps students learn skills to stay relevant, and is a logical step no matter where you are in your career. The 2020 Jobs Report saw an increase in the number of Flatiron grads who also had a Master's — 17%.
What types of companies hire Flatiron grads?
Each graduate works with their Career Coach to conduct a tailored job search based on the types of companies they're interested in. Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Spotify, Salesforce, and others find success in hiring graduates from Flatiron School. Emerging tech startups and future unicorns find success in hiring graduates from Flatiron School.
From industries like technology, finance, higher ed, healthcare, cybersecurity, retail, to arts, entertainment, and recreation — Flatiron grads land careers across a variety of innovative industries.
What tech roles do Flatiron grads get hired for?
Flatiron School grads gain the skills to take their careers in many directions. 100% of our grads in the 2020 Jobs Report landed tech roles, spread across many concentrations.
What types of employment do Flatiron grads get? And how many grads get salaried roles?
A new career means reliability and consistency. In our 2020 Jobs Report, most students placed accepted offers for full-time positions.
Meet past alumni who took the leap and changed their futures
Every number and statistic in this report represents an individual who decided to change their future with Flatiron School. Here are the stories of a few Flatiron School graduates from years prior who made their commitment and changed careers by learning to code.
Meet Online grad and the ultimate go-getter, Brenden T.
Meet Online Flatiron School alum and FanConnect engineer, Anthony H.
Meet Flatiron School alum and Popmenu Software Engineer, Deka Ambia.
Conclusion | A year of growth, strength, and change
2020 won't be forgotten any time soon. Nor should it be. It was a year filled with uncertainty and fear. It was unprecedented — by every possible definition of the word. And a lot of uncertainty remains as we forge ahead into 2021.
But there were some silver linings, although they're sometimes hard to see. We saw scientists sequence a vaccine in a matter of days while laying the groundwork to help fend off future pandemics. We also saw entire cities and countries come together, putting aside so much for the common good, often at great cost. And we saw doctors and nurses and other frontline, essential workers prove just how heroic they really are.
Because of these things, the future looks bright.
And at Flatiron School, we're proud of how many students maintained their commitment to that future, learned the skills they needed to change their careers, and enabled their pursuit of a better life through education.
With immense gratitude,
The team at Flatiron School
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