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These Are the Best Data Bootcamps for Learning Python

Will Hillier

If you’ve been following our series of Python blog posts, you’ll know that this programming language is highly sought after in the field of data analytics. It’s easy to learn, and has a wide range of applications—ideal if you want to upskill fast.

With training programs catering to different budgets and experience levels, it can be hard to know where to begin. Run an online search, and you’ll see what we mean—there are tonnes of options.

In this post, we’ll save you some hassle by summarizing a handful of popular Python data bootcamps. This’ll give you a taster of what’s available, leaving you armed with all the information you need to find a course that’s right for you. Ready to go? OK!

First up…

1.The CareerFoundry Intro to Data Analytics Program

  • Mode of study: Online

  • Duration: 1 month (15 hours per week)

  • Price: $690 USD

  • Ideal for: Beginners and career-changers

  • USP: Excellent mentorship and great value for money

CareerFoundry’s Intro to Data Analytics Program offers a comprehensive introduction to data analytics, including Python. Produced by a team of top experts in the field, the course offers all the theory and skills you need to kick-start your new career. Study is at your own pace online but you’ll have access to a real-life tutor, as well as a mentor, to support you through the trickier concepts. Given the depth of learning and real-world support, this is one of the better value for money programs available on the market. Plus, once you’ve completed the Intro to Data Analytics course, you can dive deeper with CareerFoundry’s comprehensive eight-month Data Analytics Program—see number two on our list.

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2. The CareerFoundry Data Analytics Program

  • Mode of study: Online

  • Duration: 8 months (15 hours per week)

  • Price: $6,900 USD

  • Ideal for: Beginners and career-changers

  • USP: Excellent mentorship and a job guarantee

While the CareerFoundry Intro to Data Analytics allows you to dip your toe into the world of Python and its usage in the field of data analytics, the full program will make sure you’re ready to turn your newfound skills into a career. Undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive offerings on the market, the CareerFoundry program has been designed to take you from complete beginner to job-ready data analyst. The program is offered entirely online, and you can work to your own schedule—as long as you stick to certain milestones within the overall 8-month duration. The major selling points of this particular program are the dual mentorship model and the job guarantee; each student is paired with a personal tutor and a one-to-one mentor, and the job guarantee ensures that if you don’t get a job within six months of graduating, you’ll get a full refund. CareerFoundry also offers a free, five-day data analytics short course—ideal for a hands-on introduction before you commit to the full course.

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3. Thinkful Data Analytics Flexible Course

  • Mode of study: Online

  • Duration: 6 months (25-30 hours per week)

  • Price: $7,990 USD

  • Ideal for: Those seeking a comprehensive introduction to data analytics

  • USP: Money-back guarantee

 Unlike courses which dive straight in with practical skills, Thinkful’s Data Analytics Flex course first offers a more generalized (but wide-ranging) introduction to data analytics. You’ll start by meeting your tutor and peers online, learning best practice in collaboration (a useful skill for the course, and also for employment afterward). You’ll then move onto the basics of Excel spreadsheets, and learn how to visualize data using PowerPoint. Finally, you’ll get to the practical Python skills. This course’s solid foundation means it’s a little longer and pricier than some on the market, but you’ll certainly come away knowing your stuff. Suited to those with a bigger budget in mind, you’ll receive one-on-one mentorship, peer support, and a money-back guarantee if you don’t have a job within six months of graduating.

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4.Spiced Academy Data Science Bootcamp

  • Mode of study: A combination of online and on-site in Berlin, Hamburg or Cologne

  • Duration: 12 weeks

  • Price: €9,800 (approx. $10,700 USD)

  • Ideal for: Beginners who prefer learning in person

  • USP: Extensively career-focused, including interview practice

Not so keen to learn online? The Spiced Academy Data Science Bootcamp, or one like it, could be for you. Unlike providers who offer a huge range of programs, Spiced Academy runs just two focused bootcamps: data analytics and web development. The course starts with an online assessment to ensure you’ve got the pre-requisite skills, before moving to the classroom. There, you’ll learn how to use Python to collect, analyze, and visualize data. You’ll also explore the Pandas and NumPy data analytics libraries, machine learning, data infrastructure, and SQL databases. Being based on-site, this bootcamp heavily emphasizes real-world expertise. It includes interview coaching sessions and personal support to help you through the upheaval of career change. While it’s on the pricier end of the scale, it’s a good option for those who prefer highly personal, face-to-face training.

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5.Dataquest Python for Data Science Fundamentals Course

  • Mode of study: Online

  • Duration: 8 weeks

  • Price: $29 USD per month

  • Ideal for: Cash-strapped beginners

  • USP: Unique subscription-based fee

A course with few frills, Dataquest’s Python for Data Science Fundamentals Course is one of the more affordable options. Nevertheless, the program aims to get you coding from the get-go. After covering general best practice in data analytics, you’ll be thrown in at the deep end, learning the basics of syntax, lists, loops, and all the other programming concepts you need. You’ll also play around with complementary software, including Jupyter Notebook, a popular data analytics project collaboration tool. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to manipulate data sets for analysis and be ready to create your own portfolio project. Dataquest also offers dozens of follow-up courses, allowing you to specialize your newly acquired data analytics skills in almost any area of your choosing.

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6.BrainStation Python Programming Course

  • Mode of study: Online, or on-site in New York, Toronto and Vancouver

  • Duration: 10 weeks (part-time)

  • Price: $2,595 USD

  • Ideal for: Those seeking the freedom of online learning, but with live classes

  • USP: BrainStation accepts a variety of scholarships

BrainStation’s Python Programming Course is taught online by live instructors—a great option if you want the freedom of online learning with the personal touch of face-to-face training. Building your knowledge from the ground up, the course is geared specifically towards beginners without prior experience. Only once you’ve mastered the essential concepts in object-oriented programming will you explore Python and data analytics in more detail. By the end of the course, you’ll know how to work with data manipulation and visualization libraries, including Pandas, NumPy, and Matplotlib. BrainStation also offers flexible payment plans and a variety of different scholarship options. These include a specialist employer package, and a women’s scholarship aimed at reducing barriers to women working in the digital economy, as well as a diversity and inclusion scholarship.

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7.Udemy Python for Data Science and Machine Learning Bootcamp

  • Mode of study: Online

  • Duration: 25 hours

  • Price: €194.99 (Approx. $213 USD)

  • Ideal for: Beginners looking for a straightforward crash course

  • USP: Won’t break the budget

As an off-the-shelf course, Udemy’s Python for Data Science and Machine Learning Bootcamp is not as interactive as some. However, it’s perfect for budget-conscious beginners who want to learn fast. Offering 165 lectures across 25 hours of video tutorials, you’ll receive high-level instruction in Python for data analytics. It is quite a lot shorter than other courses, so you shouldn’t expect to come away with in-depth skills. However, the program is surprisingly comprehensive, and offers a solid foundation to build upon. You’ll learn about data science at a high level, including machine learning, neural networks, and natural language processing. The course also focuses on the broader Python ecosystem, introducing data analytics libraries like NumPy, Pandas, Seaborn, Matplotlib, TensorFlow, and more. While the course may not be as comprehensive as some, given the price point, it offers a good all-round introduction.

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8.The General Assembly Online Python Course

  • Mode of study: Online

  • Duration: 10 weeks (part-time)

  • Price: $3,950 USD

  • Ideal for: Beginners seeking a broader introduction to Python

  • USP: An accelerated week-long intensive course is available

Completely new to programming? Then you might prefer a more general introduction to Python and its applications. The General Assembly Online Python Course starts with object-oriented programming concepts, and gets you coding from day one. It explores introductory data science, as well as Python’s web applications. With this in mind, you’ll learn how to build your own web app that pulls in third-party data using the Pandas library. When you’re done, you’ll have a solid working knowledge of Python, giving you the option to specialize further. All training takes place online, although if you have a campus nearby you can also study on-site. Employer scholarships help justify the slightly higher price, as well as personalized instructor feedback. And if ten weeks sounds too long, you can condense this course into an intensive week-long bootcamp… buckle up!

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9.Giraffe Academy Full Python Course for Beginners

  • Mode of study: Online

  • Duration: 4 hours

  • Price: Free

  • Ideal for: Beginners looking for a quick introduction to Python concepts

  • USP: Available on YouTube

OK, so this one isn’t really a Python data bootcamp, but in the spirit of open-source, it only feels right to share some free training! If you’re clueless about coding and shy about splashing the cash, this course is a safe place to start. A compilation of videos by Giraffe Academy (aka YouTuber Mike Dane, a coder from the US) this four-hour video offers a step-by-step tutorial to Python’s basic features. You’ll definitely have to progress onto another (probably fee-based) course to specialize in data analytics, but this is a good ‘quick and dirty’ crash course if you’re a complete beginner.

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What next?

So, we’ve given you a flavor of what’s available. As you can see, the variety of different Python data bootcamps is surprisingly broad. The next question to ask yourself is: which kind of course is right for you? Online, or on-site? Big budget, or tight purse?

Before making any firm decisions, we highly recommend doing some more research. Read some student testimonials and check out some online reviews. And, of course, be sure to explore each course’s individual curriculum to make sure it covers everything you want to learn. Beyond that, good luck… and happy programming!

Want to learn more about Python? Check out some of our previous posts:

What You Should Do Now

  1. Get a hands-on introduction to data analytics with a free, 5-day data analytics short course.
  2. Take a deeper dive into the world of data analytics with our Intro to Data Analytics Course.
  3. Talk to a Career Advisor to discuss career change and find out if data analytics is right for you.
  4. Learn about our graduates, see their portfolio projects, and find out where they’re at now.

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Will Hillier

Will Hillier

Contributor to the CareerFoundry blog

A British-born writer based in Berlin, Will has spent the last 10 years writing about education and technology, and the intersection between the two. He has a borderline fanatical interest in STEM, and has been published in TES, the Daily Telegraph, SecEd magazine and more. His fiction has been short- and longlisted for over a dozen awards.