Silicon Valley Boot Camps Promise Six-Figure Jobs

Want a coding gig? Apply to a boot camp.

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Oct 11, 2013  |  Updated 4:19 PM PDT
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Silicon Valley Boot Camps Promise Six-Figure Jobs

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Getting that six-figure software engineering job could be just a bootcamp -- and $12,000 -- away.

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Want to cash in on the Silicon Valley bonanza -- such as snagging a $143,000 gig as a software engineer for Google?

Dust off the Mac and get ready for boot camp -- Silicon Valley boot camp, according to Fortune.

There are a variety of nine to 12-week "boot camps" that promise to offer the skills a four-year computer science degree brings, Fortune reported. Some include Dev Bootcamp, Hackbright Academy, and Hack Reactor.

Students range from their 30s to their 50s -- some who have never written a line of code in their lives -- and exit with a chance at a "livelihood," one boot camp founder told Fortune.

But getting in isn't easy: one boot camp had 26 students, winnowed from 400 applicants. Class runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., five days a week, for 10-weeks -- and for $12,000 down, Fortune reported.

Still, it's not guaranteed if three months are enough time to gain experience needed to compete in the job market, some companies say.

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