According to a LinkedIn researcher, enrollment in coding boot camps is hitting record numbers and the number of women participating could help ease the gender disparity in the tech workforce.
In 2014, 8,000 LinkedIn members said they had graduated from a coding boot camp. That number is expected to double by the end of this year.
- Women make up about 40% of graduates from coding bootcamps.
Women may find the coding boot camps, which are short and immersive, a better fit for their lifestyles than more lengthy programs. Boot camps are usually short and offer a lot of flexibility and have low student-to-teacher ratios.
HackerYou currently enrolls 65% women, and Tech Talent South has 53%.
Women may also find boot camps less intimidating than other programs. Both programs also have high-profile female founders who believe having a visible woman at the head of the company conveys that it’s a place where women can feel welcome.
No matter the appeal, the programs are attracting more women to the male-dominated IT arena. A survey released earlier this week by ISC2 found only 10% of cyber professionals are women.