Attack of the Atlanta code schools!

The unemployment rate for a decent software developer in Atlanta is zero.  The demand for quality software developers is booming as Atlanta quickly becomes one of the top five tech startup cities in the US.  I have lived the scarcity of software development resources first hand over the past several years, and I can tell you straight up: good software developers are difficult to find in Atlanta today.

But in economics, scarcity yields opportunity, and (at least) four top notch software code schools have descended upon Atlanta to fill the void and train up the next generation of coders.  These are the four that I happen to be familiar with. I’m sure there are, and will continue to be, more and more every year.

  1. The Iron Yard
  2. Big Nerd Ranch
  3. Tech Talent South
  4. General Assembly

Anytime I am asked by a fellow parent what to do with their kid who just has a knack for computers or who is obviously bright but just doesn’t know what they want to do, I have one standard answer: let them learn how to write code.  The Iron Yard even guarantees their graduates a job as a software developer after their 12 week cohort is complete.  When was the last time you heard that?  OK, I have heard it before, back in 1998 when the term “CCNA” was mentioned.

Today there’s a great market for well trained software developers. I hope the players who are doing the training can uphold their quality standards and their business model better than a lot of fly-by-night computer networking bootcamp schools did in the late 90s.  The next generation of our youth will not have known life without mobile devices and cloud computing.

What do you think?