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Businesses increasingly rely on Data Analytics to inform everything from daily operations to customer service to marketing initiatives. As a result, Data Science has become a hot skill in high demand across a broad range of industries. And bootcamps are great way to hone data science skills, get up to speed on the latest Data Science trends, shift your career path or create greater job security within your industry.
In the amount of time a bootcamp runs, you’re not going to become a data scientist. But you can gain some expertise and, what’s most important. Practice working on projects that are similar to what you might do on the job.
Metis has campuses in New York and San Francisco, where students can attend intensive in-person data science workshops. Programs take 12 weeks to complete and include on-site instruction, career coaching and job placement support to help students make the best of their newly acquired skills. Similar to other boot camps, Metis’ programs are project-based and focus on real-world skills that graduates can take with them to a career in data science. Those who complete the program can expect to walk away with in-depth knowledge of modern big data tools, access to an extensive network of professionals in the industry and ongoing career support.
General Assembly offers full-time and part-time courses, workshops and events in person and online — and the number of cities offering in-person courses keeps increasing. The full course catalog is extensive, and there is a program for every data science skill you can imagine. Courses range from one-week accelerated courses to full immersive 10- to 13-month programs, but it’s easy to find something to fit your schedule and budget.
The cost for courses varies depending on what you choose, but General Assembly offers one of the most comprehensive course catalogues on this list. Whether you’re a recent graduate, looking to make a job switch or you’re an experienced data scientist trying to expand your skillset, they’ll have the program for you.
Thinkful offers a self-paced online bootcamp with a project-based curriculum, career prep, one-on-one mentorship and access to a full community of students, mentors and alumni. You’ll also learn the programming language Python, which is a commonly sought skill for data scientists.
Thinkful’s Data Science Bootcamp costs $8,550 for six months, with options for financing and scholarships. You can test drive the program with a $500 prep course, which goes towards your full bootcamp tuition if you get accepted. The three-week prep course requires around 20 to 25 hours per week and lays the groundwork for the full-time bootcamp program.
Offered through Northeastern University, Level is a two-month program that aims to turn you into a hirable data analyst. Each day of the course focuses on a real-world problem that a business will face and students develop projects to solve these issues. Students can expect to learn more about SQL, R, Excel, Tableau and PowerPoint and walk away with experience in preparing data, regression analysis, business intelligence, visualization and storytelling. You can choose between a full-time eight week course that meets five days a week, eight hours a day and a hybrid 20-week program that meets online and in-person one night a week.
Galvanize offers in-person courses, but unlike some of the other bootcamps mentioned, they are sprinkled throughout the country. With programs in Seattle; San Francisco; Phoenix; New York; Austin, Texas; and multiple locations in Colorado, in-person courses are more accessible for those not based in New York or California.
You can take a full-time data science course, or you can choose to take part-time or stand-alone courses. You’ll need to apply and the process includes a technical exercise, but it’s more to gauge your current level and whether you have the potential to succeed in the field. Courses, tuition and availability vary for full-time and part-time courses and will depend on the location you choose to attend.
The Data Incubator is another program aimed at more experienced tech workers who have a masters or Ph.D., but it’s unique in that it offers fellowships, which means students who qualify can attend for free. Fellowships, which must be completed in person, are available in New York City, Washington D.C. and the Bay Area. The program also offers students mentorship directly from hiring companies, including LinkedIn, Microsoft and The New York Times, all while they work on building a portfolio to showcase their skills. The boot camp programs run for eight weeks and students need to have a background in engineering and science skills. Attendees can expect to leave this program with data skills that will be applicable in real world companies.
Insight offers a 7-week fellowship program that’s meant to prepare Ph.D. graduates with a transition from academia to the professional world. Courses are offered in Silicon Valley, Boston and New York City, all hubs for data science. The program offers project-based learning, working directly with industry professionals to help build your network and land you an interview after the course is complete.
As a fellowship program, those accepted will attend for free, but requirements to apply include experience with physics, astrophysics, mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, engineering, computer science or neuroscience as well as a doctorate degree.