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Finding New Career Paths: 2021 Gallup-2U Boot Camp Graduates Study

Gaining In-Demand Skills and a High Return on Investment

Tech boot camps -- short, full- or part-time non-degree programs that teach students in-demand tech skills in areas such as coding, cybersecurity and fintech -- are an example of how higher education is evolving to meet the rising demand for upskilling opportunities.

Despite the proliferation of these boot camps, including those offered through a growing number of top-ranked universities, data on outcomes for graduates of these and other alternative credential programs remain limited.

Gallup and educational technology company 2U help shed light on the outcomes of high-quality programs in a new study based on interviews with 3,824 graduates of 2U-powered university boot camps.

In this report, discover what Gallup and 2U learned about graduates' experiences, including the return on their educational investment and their jobs and salaries after graduation.

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Results for the Gallup-2U Boot Camp Graduates Survey are based on a web survey conducted Sept. 23-Nov. 2, 2021, with a sample of 3,824 respondents who graduated from full- or part-time U.S.-based 2U-powered tech boot camp programs between 2016 and 2021. Respondents graduated from a variety of technical boot camp programs, including coding, cybersecurity, data analytics, UX/UI, technical project management, product management, digital marketing and fintech. The Gallup-2U Boot Camp Graduates Survey was conducted in English only.

$11,000 the amount graduates' median salaries increased one year after graduation
86% of boot camp graduates surveyed achieved their main goal for enrolling or another positive outcome
48% of boot camp graduates were employed in a STEM occupation one year after graduation, compared with 17% at the time they enrolled