New UNF coding boot camp provides students skills needed to get these high paying tech jobs

New UNF coding boot camp provides students skills needed to get these high paying tech jobs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville is becoming a growing hub for technology jobs

The River City came in at No. 18 out of 20 cities as one of the best tech towns in the U.S., according to a new list recently released by Computing Technology Industry Association.

A new boot camp that just started at the University of North Florida is offering students the skills they need to get these high paying tech jobs.

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Colleen Dunion was working in the insurance industry but she wanted to make a career change.

That’s when she found the University of North Florida new coding boot camp.

“This particular boot camp is really centered around web development, so we’re learning a lot of fundamentals like javascript, a little HTML, CSS,” Dunion said.

Dunion started in October, and she’s part of the first class that will graduate in 26 weeks.

The University of North Florida said there are currently 500,000 software development jobs in the U.S. and 1,000 of them are found right here in Jacksonville.

The median starting salary for many of these tech jobs is $70,000.

Edythe Abdullah, the Dean of the division of continuing education at UNF told Action News Jax the tech industry in Jacksonville is expanding.

Some of the big companies that need students with these skills include places like Black Knight, Amazon, and Baptist.

“If you think about the financial industry, if you think about healthcare, manufacturing, supply chain, they all need software developers, they all need web developers, there’s manufacturing, supply chain, they all need software developers, they all need web developers. There’s this high demand, and so we want to meet that need,” Abdullah said.

Dunion will finish the program in May, and she says she can’t wait to see what job she’ll land after she graduates.

“Well, it’s challenging but exciting, and I think there’s endless opportunities in this field. The exciting thing about programming is you can really make anything you want,” Dunion said.

The boot camp is a mix of online and in-person instruction, and students are taught by staff already working in the tech industry giving students a chance to network and find jobs early.

For more information on the coding boot camp at UNF, you can click here.