Coding Bootcamps in Los Angeles

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Updated May 11, 2022

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Los Angeles pays some of the highest wages for tech jobs in the country. Tech professionals in the City of Angels earned an average annual salary of $103,150 in 2020, according to the DICE 2021 Tech Salary Report. The report also states that salaries for tech workers in the city increased 5.4% from 2019 to 2020.

Los Angeles also ranks among the cities with the highest employment levels of software developers, web developers, and computer programmers. As of May 2020, the city employed some 60,310 software developers; 7,760 web developers; and 6,910 computer programmers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The current tech climate in Los Angeles bodes well for coding bootcamp graduates. This guide outlines LA coding bootcamps with flexible course formats and career support services, including networking opportunities with local companies.

Best Coding Bootcamps in Los Angeles

BrainStation

  • Programs Starting At: $15,000
  • Technical Disciplines: Data Science, UX/UI Design, Web Development
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

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BrainStation's 400-hour coding bootcamps offer project-based curricula that prepares students to work in tech in Los Angeles. According to BrainStation, 90% of its graduates were hired within 180 days of graduation.

New students do not need any prior tech or coding experience. BrainStation bootcamps cover programming languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, and SQL. This Los Angeles-based coding bootcamp also offers part-time certificates that require 15-30 hours of class time.

BrainStation has a network of over 6,500 hiring partners, including IBM, Microsoft, Twitter, Slack, and Uber.

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Codesmith

  • Programs Starting At: $19,950
  • Technical Disciplines: Software Engineering
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

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Codesmith offers an online software engineering coding bootcamp that is appropriate for beginners. Students enrolled in the full-time coding bootcamp learn JavaScript and computer science fundamentals, such as algorithms, system design, data structures, and programming paradigms and design patterns.

The application process includes an optional coding challenge and nontechnical and technical interviews. Codesmith offers financial aid opportunities, including bootcamp scholarships for women, LGBTQ+ bootcamp students, and veterans.

According to data reported to the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting, more than 80% of graduates from Codesmith's 2019 Los Angeles full-stack software development bootcamp were employed within 180 days of completing the bootcamp. These professionals reported a median salary of $115,000.

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Coding Dojo

  • Programs Starting At: $8,745
  • Technical Disciplines: Cybersecurity, Data Science, Software Development
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time, Self Paced

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Coding Dojo's part-time and full-time coding bootcamps have welcomed students of all tech levels since 2012. Within their 7,000 graduates, some 70-80% began the program with no prior coding experience. Coding Dojo's full-time coding bootcamps require applicants to complete a behavioral interview. Accepted applicants also must complete prework.

Coding Dojo emphasizes a "three-stack" curriculum that teaches students front-end development, back-end development, and databases. Students learn Python, MERN, Java, .NET, and/or C# in 12-24 weeks.

Online learners can access scholarships for military, women, and the Fresh Start Fund that provides up to $1,500 for students earning less than $40,000 a year. About 89% of graduates in 2019 found jobs within 180 days of graduating with an average salary of $72,325, according to Coding Dojo's internal report.

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Galvanize

  • Programs Starting At: $17,980
  • Technical Disciplines: Software Engineering
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

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Galvanize offers a software engineering bootcamp using Hack Reactor's curriculum, a coding bootcamp acquired in 2018. The program suits working professionals with courses held twice a week in the evenings and on Saturdays.

The bootcamp begins with lessons on basic and advanced data structures. Students later learn JavaScript and CSS frameworks, often working in teams. Galvanize provides career guidance and interview preparation in the last week of bootcamp.

About 72% of graduates from its 2019 LA full-stack software engineering coding bootcamp were employed within 180 days of completing the bootcamp, and they reported a median salary of $85,000, according to data reported to the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting. Companies such as Accenture, Apple, Oracle, and Tesla have hired Galvanize alumni.

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General Assembly

  • Programs Starting At: $3,950
  • Technical Disciplines: Data Analytics, Data Science, Software Engineering, UX/UI Design, Web Development
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time, Self-Paced

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General Assembly offers coding bootcamps with flexible formats that let students work while they train for tech careers. Students can complete the full-time bootcamps in 12 weeks or take the self-paced bootcamps and graduate in 24 weeks.

General Assembly has more than 15 in-person locations, including downtown Los Angeles.It boasts more than 70,000 alumni who get access to events and discounts on workshops and courses. General Assembly has over 19,000 hiring partners. Former students have found jobs at Google, TD Ameritrade, Microsoft, and American Express.

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Hack Reactor

  • Programs Starting At: $17,980
  • Technical Disciplines: Software Engineering
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

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Hack Reactor's coding bootcamps train graduates in 36 weeks to become software developers with part-time courses designed for busy students. The Los Angeles-based campus is one of nine physical locations. Students can also take online bootcamps with live classes held twice a week in the evenings and on Saturdays. Students interact over Slack and attend video conferences with instructors.

Using JavaScript, students learn about client-side and server-side development, deployment, and databases. The curriculum also covers Git, React, Node, SQL, and MongoDB. Graduates have been hired at Amazon, LinkedIn, and Microsoft, among other companies.

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Sabio

  • Programs Starting At: $15,000
  • Technical Disciplines: Web Development
  • Time Commitment: Full Time

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Sabio's 12-week coding bootcamps feature specializations in Node.js or .NET. The bootcamp requires students to study full time, with courses held Monday-Saturday. Sabio has locations in Culver City, Irvine, downtown Los Angeles, and online.

Applicants either take a technical assessment or complete prework courses for one month before beginning a bootcamp. Prework lessons include coding exercises and tests in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Interested applicants can attend Sabio's free online information sessions to meet instructors.

Alumni have secured jobs at local companies that include the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.

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theDevMasters

  • Programs Starting At: $9,995
  • Technical Disciplines: Data Science
  • Time Commitment: Part Time

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TheDevMasters' data science coding bootcamps help students learn to code during evening and weekend classes. It takes 12 weeks to complete the coding bootcamp, which has locations in Los Angeles, Irvine, and San Diego.

Bootcamps feature a five-to-one student-to-teacher ratio and use hands-on labs. Students take lessons in Python essentials, data analysis, data visualization and information analysis, machine learning, and recommender systems.

Graduates earn a certificate that shows they have completed 400 hours of coding training. Local companies such as Bakersfield Racquet Club and Al Dahra ACX have hired graduates.

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University of California, Los Angeles

  • Programs Starting At: $11,995
  • Technical Disciplines: Web Development
  • Time Commitment: Full Time, Part Time

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UCLA's coding bootcamps operate through UCLA Extension, the college's continuing education department that began in 1917.

Students can study part-time for 12 weeks or full-time for 24 weeks. Instructors lead live online and in-person classes, with students completing timed exercises and projects such as front-end websites and single-page applications using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. In-person courses take place at nine southern California locations, including Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Pasadena.

Students receive portfolio reviews and technical interview preparation. Continuation courses in Python, Java, Amazon Web Services, and C# let students strengthen their skills even after they graduate.

Applicants do not need coding experience. However, UCLA does require applicants to complete prework.

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Evening & Weekend Options

Bootcamps are offered during convenient evening and weekend hours.

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Employment is guaranteed as soon as you finish your bootcamp.

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Tuition is refunded if you don't land a job within a given time frame after graduation. Visit the bootcamp website for terms and conditions.

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Bootcamp Ranking Guidelines

At BestColleges, we believe the best bootcamp is the one that fits your schedule, your learning needs, and your career aspirations. That's why we often present our recommendations in alphabetical order -- because the real best bootcamp is the bootcamp that's best for you.

Our Methodology

The Bootcamp Team at BestColleges has collected data for over 150 bootcamps to help you find the best bootcamp.

At BestColleges, we believe the best bootcamp is the one that fits your schedule, your learning needs, and your career aspirations. That's why we often present our recommendations in alphabetical order -- because the real best bootcamp is the bootcamp that's best for you.

At this time, our recommendation round-ups feature only immersive bootcamps designed to prepare students for job placement upon graduation.

To be included on our lists, bootcamps must meet the following criteria:

  • Must offer at least one bootcamp in the United States.
  • Must offer at least one bootcamp that is a minimum of 4 weeks long.
  • Must require at least 15 hours of work per week if the bootcamp is part time.
  • Must encourage at least 10 hours of work per week if the bootcamp is self-paced.

Pricing disclosure: The prices listed were collected from product websites in 2022. However, given the dynamic, fast-paced nature of the tech space, prices are subject to change throughout the year. To get the most up-to-date information about pricing, contact providers directly.

Methodology for Recommending Cheap Bootcamps:

  • The bootcamp must meet all of the general criteria listed above.
  • The bootcamp must cost less than $8,000 if it is offered full time, and less than $5,000 if it is offered part time. These numbers were chosen based on data collected by BestColleges in 2020 that determined the average cost of a coding bootcamp is $13,580.

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Job Outlook for Bootcamp Grads in Los Angeles

The BLS projects that jobs for computer and information technology professionals will increase by 13% nationwide between 2020-2030. This translates to about 667,600 new jobs.

The tech industry in Los Angeles has continued to grow because of the influx of coding school graduates and tech companies that have expanded in the city. From 2015-2020, Los Angeles and Orange County turned out more than 61,000 tech graduates. In 2020, tech firms occupied over 26 million square feet, with new leases accounting for more than 446,000 square feet, according to a report from real estate services company CBRE Group.

The CBRE 2021 Scoring Tech Talent report found that companies increased tech jobs in Los Angeles from 2015-2020 by 36,000.

Los Angeles employers also offer competitive salaries. Web developers in Los Angeles earned a mean annual salary of $84,680 as of May 2020, according to the BLS. Software developers earned a mean annual wage of $118,360.

Frequently Asked Questions About Coding Bootcamps in Los Angeles

What is the best coding bootcamp in California?

It depends on what matters most to a student. Students pick a coding bootcamp based on location, student outcomes, curriculum, and cost —factors that also help us to rank bootcamps.

Coding bootcamps may appeal to students because of their flexible learning formats and part-time schedules. A coding bootcamp's costs and financing options can also make it more desirable. Unlike accredited colleges, coding bootcamps usually cannot offer federal financial aid. However, coding bootcamps sometimes offer scholarships, private loans, and other financing options.

Can I get a job after a bootcamp?

Yes. Coding bootcamps typically offer career services that include resume help, interview coaching, and networking. Some coding bootcamps even guarantee graduates will find a job after coding bootcamp or they can get their money back. However, landing a job and negotiating a salary remains each graduate's sole responsibility.

What California companies hire coding bootcamp graduates?

California-based companies such as Apple, Google, and Meta have hired bootcamp graduates. Los Angeles ranks in the top ten cities with the highest tech job postings, according to DICE. Job postings from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2021 rose by 7%. The uptick in tech companies signing new office space leases in Los Angeles could mean more opportunities for coding bootcamp graduates.

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