What kind of jobs can I get after BloomTech?
If you’re like most people who join BloomTech, you enroll for one reason: to get a great job in tech. It makes sense, then, that you might wonder what kinds of jobs you can get after graduating.
“Here’s the good news: Everything we do at BloomTech is designed to get you a job,” says Rachel Cohen, Senior Manager of BloomTech’s Job Search & Career Coaching Program. “We stay with you every step of the way—until you get that job.”
We don’t help you find just any ol’ job, either. We work with you to understand your goals, passions, and strengths so you find the best career path for you. Starting on Day 1 of your BloomTech course, we help prepare you for those in-demand and well paying roles.
So what are some of those tech career paths? And how can you get closer to them? This blog post outlines some of the most common tech jobs BloomTech graduates land.
Front End Developer/Engineer
BloomTech graduates most commonly get roles with a “developer” or “engineer” title: More than 7 in 10 placed BloomTech learners said they had that job title in their first job after graduating, according to our outcomes data.
So what does a front end developer/engineer do?
People with this role are responsible for coding, building, and maintaining the front end of a website or web app—the part that users see and interact with. They do things like create the visual components of a website (think buttons and dropdown menus). They work closely with designers to turn wireframes or mockups into functional websites, complete with features that improve users’ experience.
What kinds of projects do front end engineers and developers tackle? They might build a website with responsive design, so it works equally well on a desktop, mobile phone, and tablet. They also can integrate a mortgage calculator into a bank’s website so people can estimate payments for their dream home.
Front end developers in the U.S. earn an average salary of $105,000 per year.
After graduating from BloomTech, Rob Lark was able to combine his passions of technology and music research into a front end engineer job. He’s using tech to catalog songs, using the tools and skills he learned at BloomTech. “I’m working with React and working with APIs, which were two of the biggest things we learned on the front end part of the curriculum. So it was quite a smooth transition [from BloomTech] into my role,” Rob says. “It’s really a dream come true.”
Want to become a front end developer or engineer? We teach the skills you need for this role in our Full Stack Web Development course.
You just read that the front end relates to what end users see and interact with on a website. In contrast, the backend is what underlies and powers the website.
You can think about the difference between the front end and backend like this. Imagine a puppet show. The front end is what the audience sees and claps for. The puppeteer, strings, and behind-the-scenes stuff is the backend.
The backend of a website includes a server, application, and database; backend developers and engineers write the code to help these components communicate with each other.
To become a backend developer or engineer, you’ll need to be fluent in server-side languages like Ruby, Python, and Java. You’ll also need to be able to manipulate data and manage a database.
Backend engineers/developers also need solid communication in order to translate a company or client’s needs into technical requirements, then coming up with an effective and efficient solution.
That’s what BloomTech Backend Development graduate Jayda Wade will be doing in her new backend role at Amazon.
“A career in backend is definitely a good choice because there’s a lot of opportunity to really grow and expand. You get to work behind the scenes,” says Jayda. “The Backend Development program at BloomTech has definitely allowed me to expand my skills, gain more knowledge, and get data to the front end side. BloomTech really helped prepare me to step into the work field at Amazon.”
Because of their specialized skillset, backend engineers and developers are in particularly high demand. Their salary reflects that. Backend developers in the U.S. earn an average salary of more than $120,000 a year.
BloomTech’s Backend Development course teaches the skills employers need for backend roles. Check out everything you’d learn in our Backend Development program.
Full Stack Developer/Engineer
When you work on both the front end and backend, you’re dealing with the full stack. Full stack developer/engineers work cross-functionally and must have the specialized skills for both front end and backend, as described above.
To excel as a full stack developer, you’ll need experience in a range of technical niches including databases, graphic design, and server design and maintenance. While backend developers and front end developers are specialists, full stack developers are utility players: They’re able to execute on both front end and backend tasks.
Full stack developers in the U.S. earn an average annual salary of $107,000.
“At BloomTech was where I truly became a programmer. It propelled me in the job search to know, I can do this job,” remembers Ahmed Serag, who graduated from BloomTech’s Full Stack Web Development program. Once he began his new job as a junior full stack developer, he realized, “I already know how to do these things. For me, that was huge.”
Do you want to break into this field, just like Ahmed? Both our Full Stack Web Development and Backend Development courses teach you the skills to become a full stack developer or engineer.
Data analysts work with large amounts of structured data to analyze and interpret complex data sets. This work helps businesses make better, informed decisions.
For example, data analysts might build a dashboard that visualizes progress against a company’s goals—like revenue, number of customers, or other key performance indicators (KPIs). This kind of project would help the leadership team assess the health of the business, successes from past work, and opportunities to improve in the future.
To work as a data analyst, you need to be able to clean and reorganize data for analysis. You must also be competent in analyzing and visualizing data to spot trends and patterns. Finally, data analysts translate data into actionable insights, so they need to be able to communicate well with technical and nontechnical people alike.
Data analysts earn an average salary of $84,000 a year. Average salaries for this role increased 11.5% from 2020 to 2021.
BloomTech’s Data Science program prepares learners for data analyst roles. If you’re curious about learning data science, see what it’s like firsthand in BloomTech’s Risk-Free Trial. You’ll get 3 weeks to experience one of our courses (including Data Science) and start learning the skills you’ll need to work in the field. Apply to gain access to the Risk-Free Trial here!
Whereas data analysts work with structured data, data scientists distill meaningful information from messy and unstructured data. This role is generally considered to be a more advanced version of data analyst.
Data scientists use advanced data techniques to understand the past and make predictions about the future. Several key job responsibilities for data scientists:
- Gathering, cleaning, and processing raw data
- Designing predictive models and algorithms
- Developing tools and processes to monitor and analyze data accuracy
- Writing programs to automate data collection and processing
Data scientists may work on the cutting edge of technology, building projects that seemed more like science fiction than reality mere years ago. For example, they might build a chatbot to automate portions of a business’s customer service function. Likewise, they may use machine learning algorithms to create a product recommendation system based on things like past customer search history, purchase history, and return behavior.
Micah Swain, a BloomTech graduate, started on a machine learning project immediately after starting his first post-BloomTech job. “On a day-to-day basis, I’m looking at data, I’m cleaning data, I’m running and testing models, and I’m trying to put models into production. Everything I learned at BloomTech is directly translating into what I’m using in this career,” he says.
The data scientist continues, “It did surprise me when I got into the industry, how I could keep up with contractors who have been doing [data science] for years. I can keep pace with them. It surprised my employer just how much I learned at BloomTech.”
Micah had tried to teach himself data science on his own for two years without making much progress; then he joined BloomTech’s Data Science course. “BloomTech gave me the confidence to know that I’m good at data science. And that if I don’t know something, I can figure it out,” he says. “BloomTech gave me the opportunity to completely change from a career I was not enjoying to a career that I love.”
Do you want that same level of passion and excitement from your job? Check out how BloomTech can train you for a tech career in our Risk-Free Trial. You’ll get 3 weeks to test drive a course without deposits or tuition payments. There’s no risk or financial commitments to try us out, so what do you have to lose? Apply to get into our Risk-Free Trial today!
No matter where you’re starting from—even if you’ve never written a single line of code—BloomTech is here to help you break into tech. We can’t wait for you to join—and make your dream career a reality.