Employment Data

The primary goal of this placement reporting standard is to report job placement data in a way that will be most helpful for a prospective student, to help them understand how likely is it that they’ll get an opportunity to gain employment as a result of participation in our training.

This standard relies on the following terms and definitions:

  • In-Field: employment that would not likely otherwise be obtained without relevant training offered by the institution.
  • Graduate: a student who completes the program successfully gains a certification.
  • Job Seeker: graduates who have gotten a job or who report they’ve been seeking for at least six months, or students who left prior to graduation and got a job In-Field.
Reporting Period: 1/1/2013 - 5/15/2019
Count %
Job Seekers - Graduates 1096 95%
Job Seekers - Non-Graduates 62 5%
Job Seekers - Total 1158 100%
Job Seekers - In Field 1072 93%
Salaried Employee In-Field 895 77%
Non-salaried Apprenticeship, Internship, or Contract Position In-Field 109 9%
Freelance, Self Employed or Started a New Company In-Field 44 4%
Employed At Code Fellows In-Field 24 2%
Employed Out of Field 56 5%
Unemployed and Seeking a Job 30 3%
Job Seekers - Total 1158 100%
Non-Seeking Graduates 14 1%
Non-Reporting Graduates 35 3%
Median Salary for In-Field Full Time Roles $72,500
Median Weeks To Hire for In-Field Full Time Roles 18
Top Ten Most Common Job Titles
Software Engineer
Web Developer
Software Developer
iOS Developer
Front End Developer
Software Development Engineer
Front-end Web Developer
Full Stack Developer
JavaScript Developer

Our Methods for Gathering this Data

We believe that prospective students want to know the following:

  • What is the ratio of people hired In-Field out of all Job Seekers?
    • Of those who were hired In-Field, what percentage were hired in salaried, full-time positions?
    • Of those who were hired in-field, what percentage were hired for a non-salaried position (e.g. contract, apprenticeship, internship)?
    • Of those who were hired in-field, what percentage were hired by the reporting institution?
    • Of those who were hired in-field, what percentage reported working as freelance, self-employed or having started a new company?
  • What is the ratio of people employed out of field, out of all Job Seekers?
  • What is the ratio of people unemployed and seeking, out of all Job Seekers?
  • What is the ratio of people unemployed and not seeking, out of all Graduates?
  • What is the ratio of people non-responding to placement inquiries, out of all Graduates?
  • Of those who were hired In-Field in salaried, full-time positions, what's the median starting base salary?
  • Of those who were hired In-Field in salaried, full-time positions, what's the median time to hire?
  • Of those who were hired In-Field in salaried, full-time positions, what are the most common job titles?
  • On what date was this data last collected and published?

Job Seekers are queried on a regular basis, to determine their placement status. To produce reports that answer the above questions, placement documentation records are collected. If there’s evidence that someone was placed in-field, barring evidence to the contrary, we use it as substantiating documentation and attribute placement status accordingly. We require one or more of the following, to document placement status, in prioritized order of preference:

  • Written confirmation from the student or employer. This can be in the form of a survey response, email, Slack message, etc. and if applicable a screenshot is captured.
  • Screenshot capture of LinkedIn profile.

The first in-field placement status is tracked, plus any additional career advancements up until the first full-time salaried position, at which time placement salary and placement start date are updated along with the new placement status. Career changes that are not advancements are not tracked (e.g. new contracts, work terminations, etc); reports reflect opportunities only, not subsequent performance or success. Placement data for any given individual does not necessarily reflect their current employment status; it reflects the highest placement status achieved, up to and including the first full time In-Field position obtained.

Those who are hired by the reporting institution are tracked either as placed in-field at the reporting institution, or out of field, as applicable to the role they’re hired into. Teaching Assistants (“TAs”) are specifically tracked differently. When TAs finish their employment and self-report a new status, their placement is changed to the appropriate category. They must report to have been seeking for six months, either during or after their employment as a TA, to become a Job Seeker.

Someone who has been unemployed and seeking for any amount of time, and who finds employment in-field will then be categorized as having found in-field employment; there is no cut-off period. Job Seekers can find employment in-field and have their placement code upgraded at any time; there is no time limit.

Median salary and time-to-hire is reported for full time, in-field positions only; we don’t report these figures for out-of-field, contract positions, etc. If a program is retaken, placement data is tracked from the most recent graduation date.

It is not easy to graduate from Code Fellows. Success here requires grit, determination and tenacity. Only an estimated 50% of students who enter the program finish successfully and graduate.

This Job Placement Report was examined and validated by an independent 3rd party auditing firm; their report can be found here» Note that percentages may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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