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report: Computer Programming is the Fastest-Growing, Highest-Paying Career in North Carolina

According to, North Carolina has almost 19,000 unfilled computing jobs. However universities in NC will only graduate 4,000 Computer Science majors this year.

Local businesses are struggling to find candidates, even though employers are willing to pay entry-level programmers an average of $65,000 per year, the highest starting salary in North Carolina.

Computer Science Degrees are No Longer Required for Many Programming Jobs

Instead, employers have learned to test each candidate’s ability to solve business problems with code.

Unlike most professions, hiring managers for software developers give little weight to an applicant's college education. Instead they judge a potential hire based on their professional portfolio and code examples.

That’s why thousands of aspiring programmers who want to break into the software industry are rejecting the traditional university system and choosing to attend coding bootcamps, like North Carolina’s Coder Foundry.

We help smart, motivated professionals learn how to code and become web programmers, in just three months. Our diverse graduates come from all backgrounds, ages, and technical skill levels. We’ve had students with prior careers in accounting and massage therapy, and even fast food.

Coder Foundry was founded to BridgE the Tech Skills Gap in North Carolina and Beyond.

Our instructors work one-on-one with each student to teach and coach them through the programming concepts and challenges they will see every day on the job.

Every student that graduates is equipped to contribute to a web development team on day one, even if it’s their first job coding.

Interested in how we transform students into professional programmers? Request our course information below.


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I went to Coder Foundry with very little experience. I was a plant biology major at NC State. I left college and joined my dad as a Financial Service Rep but wanted to change careers to something I was more passionate about: computers.

What I got was a real, hands-on approach to learning HOW to program. Their program gave me the confidence to step into a real world job and handle whatever they throw at me.
— Edward Waked, Hired as a Full-Time Developer in August 2015