There’s an increasing need for technical talent in computer programming, and a definite gap in need versus talented candidates. Just in Colorado alone, it has been reported that there are about 16,000 open computing positions. Glassdoor reports the average salary for programmers in the United States is $65K. According to a 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, more than 495,000 United States veterans are considered unemployed. These individuals could be taking advantage of these open positions that yield a substantial salary.
We see a tremendous opportunity for veterans to use their GI Bill benefits to receive training in a lucrative industry that seeks talent. So why aren't there more veterans choosing a career in tech? While we are fortunate enough to be approved by the Veterans Affairs office to receive GI Bill benefits, there are only a handful of accelerated computer training programs and schools in the U.S. that can.
Veterans are encouraged to utilize their GI Benefits to successfully reintegrate back into civilian life. The veterans we have seen come through our seven-month program are disciplined, detail-oriented and will persevere through a problem until a solution has been identified. Their military experience equips them with a valuable skillset for a career in computer programming.
Turing alumnus George Hudson spent nearly his entire adult life in either active duty or the Air Force National Guard before jumping into computer programming.
The military took George to places all over the world, from London to Djibouti. His time in the military was invaluable, but he was ready for something that would give him the freedom to spend more time with his family and provide a new mental challenge.
George considered all his options. He was intrigued by computer programming but had this idea that programmers work in dark basements day in and day out, only interacting with each other, or worse yet, themselves. As a social guy, this worried George. His sister was convinced he would make an amazing computer programmer because of his work ethic and personality. She told him that programming is very collaborative and requires similar interpersonal skills to the military. George was sold.
George is now a successful computer engineer and was also the first recipient of our community award for founding Kids Who Code, a free workshop for youth to learn the basics of coding.
Accelerated training programs are an attractive option for veterans who are ready to fully reintegrate back into civilian life—the number one priority for veterans. We are dedicated to preparing veterans for a career in computer programming that will provide a salary far above the national average. Providing an opportunity to utilize GI Bill benefits to enter a career that is both rewarding and in high demand is one way we can express our gratitude for your service.