Train Smarter, Not Longer For Your Technology Career
A Complete Guide on IT Career Training vs a College Degree
What if we told you that you didn’t need a college degree for a career in the technology industry? What if we said to forgo the hefty student loans, massive lecture halls and annoying prerequisite classes… and that you’d still be able to snag a career in one of the most prestigious industries in the world? Would you believe us?
Well, you should. You don’t need a college degree for career in IT.
Over the past few years, massive tech companies like IBM, Google and Apple have publicly stated that they no longer require employees to have a college degree. Due to the shortage of tech workers in the US, IT companies are focusing on “skills-based” hiring rather than academic credentials.
It’s not just huge tech companies who are doing without the college degree requirement, either. Economists, recruiters and CEOs alike are on the same page— and the proof is in the pudding:
- A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree
- Why IBM wants to hire employees who don’t have a 4-year college degree
- Creation of the ‘new collar’ job industry makes 4 year degrees less necessary
- Requiring a college degree is BS
- Yet another report says fewer Americans value 4-year degree
- More tech companies drop college degree requirement
- 53% of Recent College Grads Are Jobless or Underemployed—How?
- Report urges adoption of ‘demand driven education’
- Skip college? It can pay off—big time
- Are Technical Skills More Valuable than a College Degree?
While you may not need a degree for a career in tech, you do need the appropriate training to get the required skills. Today, there are endless alternatives for a computer science or other technical degrees from online boot camps to in-person training. But what makes these alternatives better than a four-year degree?
Cost & Return on Investment (ROI)
The average bachelor’s degree in the United States costs $127,000. Let that sink in a bit. However, technical schools have much lower tuition rates than the average 4-year university. Studies show that tech school grads who started school at the same time as a four-year college grad could have already been working for two years and spent two years less in tuition costs… putting them over $140,000 ahead of those university students. Plus, many programs don’t require two full years of education— Centriq Training, for example, offers a 4-month IT Career Program.
- Why does a college degree cost so much?
- The high economic and social costs of student loan debt
- It’s Time to Admit College is Driven by Speculation — Not Investment
- Student loans take a mental toll on young people
- Technical Education vs. Four-Year College
Time and Completion Rate
That brings us to the time commitment required for a 4-year degree. While it seems like it should only take four years, the average college student takes a full six years to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Further, the average completion rate of universities is frighteningly low. Wichita State University in Kansas, for example, only has a 43% graduation rate after six years.
- Why so many students are spending six years getting a college degree
- Four-Year Myth
- College Completion Rates Are Still Disappointing
- Bill Gates: US college dropout rates are ‘tragic’
Appropriate Curriculum and Training
Here’s the thing: four-year universities and colleges require a minimum of two years of general education courses— classes like biology, English or history— that aren’t relevant to the student’s major. Let’s take the Computer Science major at Kansas State University, for example. Graduating from this program requires 124 credit hours, broken up into 42 classes. Of those 42 classes, however, only 11 are actually computer science courses (and not all of them apply to a career in the field). No thanks.
There’s a popular quote that’s circled around the technology industry from Ryan Craig, the author of College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education. He says, “colleges have always been about preparing students for the fifth job, not the first job. Boot camps are providing the last-mile training.” Technical training schools like these coding boot camps only train students with the skills they need for a job in IT (because there’s a skills gap that needs to be closed).
- Companies Struggling To Find College Graduates with Soft Skills, According to Study
- Universities can’t solve our skills gap problem, because they caused it
- The Hard Task of Filling Jobs With The Most Educated Generation
- Why Majors Matter: Employment Outcomes (and Underemployment) for Recent College Grads
- Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won’t Hire You
- Why You Should Consider Trade School Instead of College
- What’s Really Better: Workforce Training or Four-Year College?
Are you ready for a career in IT without the hassle, expense and risk of a college degree? Let’s talk!