Thanks to coding boot camps, accelerated programming courses, and ambitious high-school graduates, you don’t necessarily need a college degree to land a high-paying job in the tech world. According to just-released research from Coding Dojo, someone without a degree can earn nearly $ 96,000.
This is good news for students whose in-person internships were canceled, or who were frustrated with many universities’ abrupt switch to the remote. In a poll taken last month, 34.6% of students weren’t sure if the pandemic affected plans to get a degree, and 3.8% of students actually quit and abandoned plans for a college degree.
“For far too many students and their parents, going to the ‘best’ university is their ultimate goal, but career readiness should be the goal,” said Richard Wang, CEO of Coding Dojo.
Wang pointed out that there are also too many students who go to college without a specific plan and hope to figure out what they want to do.
The students may also have “irrelevant or no degrees at all, because they did not know why they were going in the first place,” he said “This stems from students hearing throughout their life that a four-year degree is key to a successful career, but that’s not necessarily true. ”
With many US workers still unable to return to work, it can be a grim forecast, especially for students who have yet to get a career-possible job and who feel their future is so uncertain, they’ve fallen down into the doomscrolling rabbit hole . Students focused on what they feel is a bleak future may experience “ruminative thinking and panic attacks,” said psychiatrist Pavan Madan, from Community Psychiatry in Davis, CA.
The potential for a career-driven, well-paying job without a BS or a BA (or even more advanced degrees) is not only positive news for high-school grads, but for those who are degree-less, already in the workforce, and who might use the opportunity to shift gears into a new position.
“One outcome of this shift will be a rise in apprenticeships,” Wang said. “Many large employers are already exploring this option. Workers get paid to learn new skills without incurring student debt, and employers save money on recruitment costs. It’s a win-win. With the apprentice system, businesses can build powerful bases of qualified and effective employees from the ground up. Meanwhile, those employees are burdened with tens of thousands of dollars in debt and can more meaningfully engage with the economy. ”
Top 10 tech jobs that don’t require a degree
These technology jobs were culled from a list of the top 50 best (overall) jobs across industries for 2020. Job satisfaction was evaluated on a scale of one to five, with five being best. Listed salary is the average annual base pay for zero to one year of experience. At the top of the list?
“More and more employers are starting to realize that a degree isn’t what matters, skills are,” Wang said. “Many companies — from startups to marquee employers, such as Apple, Google, IBM and others — no longer require four-year degrees when hiring.”
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