BloomTech Learner Diversity
Race of BloomTech Learners
The racial and ethnic makeup of the U.S. population is changing. The most recent census15 shows that roughly a third of the U.S. population identifies as a race or ethnicity that is underrepresented in the tech industry. BloomTech’s learner community has become slightly more ethnically and racially diverse since 2021. It now roughly mirrors demographics nationwide, and we are proud that our student body is representative of the country’s racial and ethnic background.
Learner Representation by Race16
Learner Outcomes by Race17
Graduation Rate by Race
Graduation rate for each race is calculated by dividing the number of learners who graduated as of the Reporting Date for BloomTech’s 2021 Outcomes Report18 by the number of Starting Learners19 whose Original Expected Graduation Date fell in 2021. Certain groups have been excluded due to small population sizes.
Placement Rate by Race
Placement rate for each race is calculated by dividing the number of Placed Learners20 by the number of learners who graduated in 2021. Certain groups have been excluded due to small population sizes.
Gender Identity of BloomTech Learners
Gender identity can be as central to a person’s identity as race, age, nationality, or ability. Unlike most online tech education companies, we collect gender identity data in a way that is more in line with how people see themselves. In short, we recognize that the male/female binary is insufficient in describing people’s identity. 7.5% of BloomTech learners in 2022 identify as non-binary, gender queer, gender fluid, transgender, or two or more genders. This is slightly more than in 2021.
Female representation in the tech realm is unbalanced, and we at BloomTech continue to strive for greater enrollment among women. In spite of our efforts, the percentage of female learners in 2022 dropped slightly, to 17.2%. This concerning data underscores the importance to reach and train women. Early internal data suggest that the more flexible school model we launched in July 2022 is attracting more female learners. We continue to iterate on our school experience to make tech education accessible to more people—including women.
While we are disappointed that we do not have better data to report on this front, we do not shy away from our dedication to transparency. Data paired with action is the best way to make positive change.
In addition, we are sharing outcomes data broken down by gender. We are incredibly proud to report that placement rates for female graduates increased by 16%. This means that 92% of female BloomTech graduates are placed in jobs.
Learner Representation by Gender Identity (of those reporting)21
Learner Outcomes by Gender22
Graduation Rate by Gender
Graduation rate for each gender category is calculated by dividing the number of learners who graduated as of the Reporting Date for BloomTech’s 2021 Outcomes Report23 by the number of Starting Learners24 whose Original Expected Graduation Date fell in 2021. Due to small population sizes, non-binary, gender queer, or gender fluid, transgender, and two or more have been combined into the “Other” category.
Placement Rate by Gender
Placement rate for each gender category is calculated by dividing the number of Placed Learners25 by the number of learners who graduated in 2021. Due to small population sizes, non-binary, gender queer, or gender fluid, transgender, and two or more have been combined into the “Other” category.
Previous Education Level of BloomTech Learners
The common narrative in the U.S. says that to get ahead in life and your career, you need a college degree. Given the cost and time required to complete a degree—not to mention the systemic barriers in the way of many people gaining higher education—this traditional path to a well-paying job is out of reach for many.
Fortunately, the conventional wisdom does not have to be true. The success of literally thousands of BloomTech graduates proves that you do not need a college degree to launch a financially rewarding career in tech.
Our data show that this alternative path to a well-paying job is more attractive than ever. Sixty percent of BloomTech learners do not have a bachelor’s or associate degree, more than in 2021. This suggests that even more people are turning to us as a direct and attainable path to a tech job.
Learner Representation by PREVIOUS EDUCATION (of those reporting)26
Previous Salary of BloomTech Learners
People turn to BloomTech for many reasons. Some want a more personally fulfilling career. Others love solving problems, mining data for insights, and building digital solutions to difficult problems. Still others want to show their children what’s possible when you work hard and dream big.
Underlying many of these reasons is the goal to increase their income. Tech is a field in which people can make a steady living, even in an entry-level position. Many tech positions also afford a high earning potential, with opportunities to grow your compensation as well as your responsibility within your company.
2022 data show that learners frequently turn their vision of a higher salary into reality, through a BloomTech education. This year, in addition to showing learners’ previous salary and salary type, we are eager to share the median increase in placed graduates’ salary broken down by previous education.
We are incredibly proud of our graduates’ success. Increases in income mean much more than a fuller bank account. Higher salaries translate to graduates being able to pay down debt, save for a home, take a vacation, support extended family members, invest in their communities, and much, much more.
Further, the increase in placed graduates’ salary out-performs increases reported by conventional higher education institutions. Our increases far outpace the advantage of earning an associate degree (an average of $3,338 more) and even a bachelor’s degree (an average $22,626 more27). What’s more, placed graduates finish their education and move on to the workforce much more quickly than people going through traditional higher education programs, so they tend to see these gains faster.
Learner Representation by Previous Salary (of those reporting)28
Salary Growth for BloomTech Learners by Previous Education Level29
Previous Salary Type of BloomTech Learners
Learner Representation by Previous Salary TYPE (of those reporting)30
Age of BloomTech Learners
Data on the age of BloomTech learners suggests that people who would be classified as “nontraditional students” in college—those over the age of 25—increasingly turn to BloomTech as an alternative to conventional education. The average age of BloomTech learners is 28, a year younger than in 2021. Though the average age of our learners didn’t change dramatically, slightly more of our learners are 25 to 35 years old.
These averages reflect the fact that many BloomTech learners could be called career-changers. Given that roughly 1 in 531 workers today are considering a career change, we are eager to train new learners for a rewarding job in tech.
Learner Representation by AGE (of those reporting)32
Sexual Orientation of BloomTech Learners
Like other demographic data, reporting sexual orientation is completely optional. We believe that collecting data on learners’ sexual orientation helps us better serve learners and promote a more diverse tech industry.
Nationwide statistics on sexual orientation are not collected as part of the U.S. census, but estimates suggest that around 4.5% of adults33 in the U.S. identify as LGBTQIA+. 14.3%34 of BloomTech learners self-identify as asexual, bisexual, pansexual, queer, gay, or lesbian, which is slightly more than in 2021.
Learner Representation by Sexual Orientation (of those reporting)35