If you’d like to set your life on a trajectory toward a more lucrative, productive career, it’s hard to do that more quickly than by attending a coding bootcamp. They have become so popular and so widely-known that it can be hard to believe that the first bootcamp opened less than a decade ago. Now there are bootcamps aimed at everything from web development to AI, all churning out the high-quality workforce needed to fill open technology jobs. In this piece we’ll compare two of the most popular bootcamp programs, Hack Reactor and Coding Dojo.
Hack Reactor vs. Coding Dojo: Curriculum and Course Offerings
Coding Dojo is pretty similar in most respects, though its curriculum is broader. It’s roughly the same length — Hack Reactor is billed as being 12 weeks long, but in reality both programs last closer to 14 weeks. Coding Dojo also has an on-site and an online program, the latter of which has full-time and part-time tracks.
Typical hours in both programs will vary enormously by person and by day. But as with most bootcamps I’ve looked into, you’ll have a choice between working 9-5 and working from 9 until you fall asleep at night.
Hack Reactor vs. Coding Dojo: Program Cost and Tuition Model
Hack Reactor charges $17,980 for attendance. It has financing options through Skills Fund and Climb, and a range of scholarships available, some for any applicant and some set aside for underrepresented groups.
Coding Dojo’s rates vary a little bit by region, but are typically between $10,000 and $14,000, from what I’ve seen. You can finance through Skills Fund, and they have small partial scholarships available for veterans, women of color, recent high school graduates, and various other groups.
Hack Reactor vs. Coding Dojo: Outcomes and Reviews
Hack Reactor boasts a 99% job-placement rate six months after graduation. Hack Reactor also does a great job of breaking down the median salary of their graduates by region, and in every case their graduates are doing well compared to the norm.
Coding Dojo cites a 92% job-placement rate for graduates (I’m not sure of the timeframe), who earn $72,286.50.
Depending on your goals, experience, and budget, either of these programs could be right for you!