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General Discussion

Michael Liebegott
Michael Liebegott
2,852 Points

Regarding Employment Without a Bachelor's Degree

I find coding to be incredibly fun. I also enjoy the prospect of being able to create something that I can share with others or that can be used to fulfill some sort of need, be it an individual's need or a business's. I'm currently working on the C# library and have some experience with Java, so I may move on to the Android Dev track afterward.

I'm also interested in the Front-End Development track, but the reason I'm writing on the forum is to ask what job prospects without a Bachelor's degree look like? I'm a native New Yorker, but I'd be willing to relocate if it made a difference.

Would anyone be able to give me a rundown on how employment without a degree in this field works specifically, and if you're able, could you also explain to me (and anyone else reading!) what the highest-need sector is, be it web development, software engineering, or anything else?

Thank you in advance.

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
230,037 Points

While some companies have strict hiring policies and degree requirements, many others are discovering that a degree is not always the best or even always a valid way to determine skill level in software development. The places with the strict requirements are an ever-shrinking minority, and probably not the nicest environments or best-paying jobs anyway.

Elsewhere the employer may have a candidate perform an in-house or third-party skill assessment as part of the evaluation process, or conduct a technical interview, or both.

I'm not in touch with the highest-need sector at the moment, perhaps someone else would comment on that.

Michael Liebegott
Michael Liebegott
2,852 Points

I appreciate the response, Steven.

Would you happen to know where the larger markets are for web devs and software engineers? I know Silicon Valley is the one that's continuously peddled but are there others which aren't as well-known?