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The 2020 Jobs Report | Key Insights & Takeaways

We were the first bootcamp to release independently examined jobs data, setting the bar for the industry, and we remain committed to delivering accurate, examined numbers so you can make an informed decision when choosing an education provider.

Our Jobs Report offers numbers examined by an independent third party so you know what to expect when you graduate from Flatiron School and look to your future.

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.

2020 Jobs Report: Flatiron School's Job Placement Rate is 86%. The average starting salary is $74,962.

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).

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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.

Job Search Process: 1. Start your program 2. Meet your Career Coach 3. Graduate 4. Start your job search 4% Build your online protfolio and brand 5. Land your new job!

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.

Job placement rates for Software Engineering graduates (86%) and Data Science graduates (86%)

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.

Flatiron School graduates time to employment. Overall: 37% within 30 days. 53% within 60 days. 69% within 120 days. 78% within 180 days. 86% within 365 years.

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.

Avg starting salary for Software Engineers vs. respective cities. NYC: $79739 vs $75206. D.C.: $78547 vs $67648. Houston: $65383 vs $60832. Atlanta: $66344 vs $61297. Seattle: $76891 vs $66480. Chicago: $73993 vs $62867. Denver: $66839 vs $67766.

*Average starting salary ‘Entry Level Software Engineer‘ in each respective city, according to ZipRecruiter | New York City, Washington, D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Denver

Flatiron School salaries are for graduates who accepted full-time salaried roles within the reporting period and disclosed their compensation.

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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.

Avg starting salary for Data Science grads vs. respective cities. NYC: $85235 vs $71494. D.C.: $98037 vs $56682. Houston: $82800 vs $76980. Seattle: $77164 vs $76342.

*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:

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.

In Flatiron School's 2020 Jobs Report, women's placement rate is 7 points higher than men's in our — 90% vs 83%. Women's avg starting salary is $3915 higher than men's — $72280 vs $68365.

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.

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.

Placement rate for women, 90%.

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.

Percent of women employees at Flatiron School: 43% men, 55% women, 1% non-binary, 1% undisclosed.

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.

Educational background. 17% Master's or Doctorate, 55% Bachelors, 18% Associate's/Vocational, 3% High School, >1% No High School, 6% No Data

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Bootcamp or Bachelor's?

College and legacy higher education are more expensive than ever.

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.

Percent of Students Attending Flatiron School Without a Bachelor's Degree. 18% in 2019, 21% in 2020.

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%.

Percent of Students Attending Flatiron School with a Master's Degree. 15% in 2019, 17% in 2020.

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.

Company sizes that hired our graduates. Software Engineering grads: 34% small co., 33% medium co., 33% large co. Data Science grads: 32% small co., 33% medium co., 35% large co.

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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.

Job functions for Software Engineering grads: 84% engineering, 1% data analytics, 7% technical teaching, 4% product management, 3% other tech disciplines, 1% UX/UI designJob functions for Data Science grads: 17% engineering, 68% data analytics, 10% technical teaching, 2% product management, 2% other tech disciplines, 0% UX/UI design

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.

Job structure. All programs: 73% full-time salary, 25% full-time contract or freelance, 2% part-time.

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.

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This Father Changed His Life and Became an Engineer for His Family

Meet Online grad and the ultimate go-getter, Brenden T.

How One Student's Focus on the Goal Helped Him Find Community

Meet Online Flatiron School alum and FanConnect engineer, Anthony H.

From TSA Security to Professional Software Engineer

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

Frequently asked questions

Don't see the question you're looking for? Head over to our main FAQ page.

How does Career Services work?

For more information about our Career Services team and how students conduct their job searches, head over to our Career Services page.

What courses does Flatiron School offer?

We offer on-campus courses in software engineering, data science, cybersecurity analytics, and cybersecurity engineering. These courses are being held remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic until it is safe to reopen our campuses.

We also offer online courses in software engineering, data science, and cybersecurity analytics.

Flatiron also offers a free introduction to coding workshop, free data science workshop, free cybersecurity workshop, free Ruby workshop, and a free JavaScript workshop.

For a full list of the programs we offer, head to our Courses page.

How do I know which Flatiron School program is best for me?

If you're not sure which program is best for your and your future, that's no problem! We built a quick, 60-second quiz to help you identify which course and location best fits your goals.

Can I try some coding before committing to a program?

Of course! Our new free introductory coding workshop will help you get acquainted with coding. You'll work through free modules in HTML, CSS, and more to help you see if coding is right for you.

Can I get introduced to data science before committing to a program?

Yes. Our free introductory Data Science Bootcamp Prep is a free introductory workshop we offer to help potential students like you understand if data science is right for you.

Where can I get more information about Flatiron School?

If you have more questions about Flatiron School and our services, you can schedule a chat with our Admissions team.

How is Flatiron School helping to promote gender diversity in tech?

We consistently partner with like-minded organizations and companies to make tech education more accessible to underrepresented groups in tech, including women. You can see our current diversity initiatives here.

To learn more about the gender gap in STEM overall, this research by AAUW is a good start.

Has your reporting methodology changed since last year?

For the 2020 Jobs Report, we have revised two of our reporting policies. The first is regarding graduates who accept new qualifying roles in companies where they have a pre-existing employment history. In previous years, graduates who accepted a new qualifying job with a former or current employer were automatically opted out of Career Services. These students were reported as “Not job-seeking - Returned to the Previous Employer.”

After careful consideration, we have determined that excluding graduates who accepted new qualifying technical roles with a former or current employer from this report was a disservice to our graduates’ accomplishments and did not reflect the valuable skills they acquired at Flatiron School. 

The second policy relates to students who were under 21 years of age at the time of graduation. In previous years, graduates who were under 21 years of age and accepted a qualifying job offer were reported as “Not job-seeking - Underage” because they are not eligible for the Money-Back Guarantee as outlined in our career services commitment.

How is a Job Search Cycle defined?

A Job Search Cycle is defined as either:

  • at least 180 days of continuous job-seeking, or

  • acceptance of a qualifying full-time job offer (over 30 hours per week) within a 180-day period, or

  • acceptance of a qualifying part-time job offer (at least 20 hrs per week but less than 30 hours per week) within a 180-day period, and choosing to stop job-seeking

How did Flatiron help students job searching during the pandemic?

Flatiron School extended our deadline to declare a job search to a total of 120 days for students potentially searching for a job during the pandemic. We remain committed to helping any students whose search has been negatively impacted by the pandemic find a role that works for them.

Do I have to accept the first job offer I receive?

You are not required to accept any offers you receive. If you do not wish to accept a particular job offer, you will still have access to your career coach and can continue your job search.

What is the role of Flatiron School's Employer Partnerships team?

To advocate for & enable a talent pipeline between employers and Flatiron graduates.

Your Career Coach is your dedicated, 1-on-1 partner through every step in your job search. Behind-the-scenes, the Employer Partnerships team is working to build partnerships that present career-launching job opportunities for our students.

How does Flatiron School's Employer Partnerships team work with graduates?

Interviews Whenever an employer selects a graduate from the resume book to move forward in their interview process, the Employer Partnerships team will facilitate an introduction between the candidate and the employer.

Events The Employer Partnerships team also invites employers to participate in or present at various events, including webinars or Lunch & Learns, informal networking events, office field trips, or Graduation Showcases where students present their capstone projects. Events vary city-to-city and may change based on time of year.

What percentage of graduates gets jobs through Flatiron School's employer network?

This varies by cohort, discipline, and market. What is true across all markets is that students drive their own job searches with the support of their career coaches. While our employer network is robust, our most successful job-seekers are active job-seekers – working hard to make their own connections and creating opportunities for themselves.

What kind of scholarships does Flatiron School have? 

You can check out our currently available initiatives on our Scholarships and Diversity Initiatives page.

Can I connect with Flatiron School on social media?

You sure can. Connect with Flatiron School on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Our CEO, Adam Enbar, is also active on Quora, answering questions about coding bootcamps and the tech industry at large.