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Python Course: Chicago

Gain fluency in Python — the world's fastest-growing major programming language — and start leveraging its versatile capabilities to build web and data science applications.

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Python is the No. 1 fastest-growing major programming language with 151% year-over-year growth.

Unlock Opportunity in High-Growth Fields

The future is bright for programmers who know Python — it’s a baseline skill for competitive industries like analytics, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and data science. And, thanks to its intuitive, readable syntax, it’s also one of the easiest languages to learn on the market.

Tap Into a Valuable Professional Network

Form real connections that can change the course of your career. Meet practitioners and peers who can help you succeed through our global alumni network. Graduate with an industry-recognized GA certificate, and join an exclusive community.

Let Your Employer Foot the Bill

More than 45% of our part-time students receive tuition reimbursement from their companies — you could, too. We can send you an employer sponsorship package to show your manager the advantages of learning Python with GA.

Learn Python on a Schedule Designed for Busy Professionals

Learn for 10 weeks in the evenings, or dive into in-depth study with our 1-week, accelerated course. You can join us at one of our campuses or take part from the comfort of home — wherever you’re based — via our Remote classroom.

Statistics sources: Stack Overflow, GitHub

Hundreds of Premier Companies Trust GA's Tech Programs to Train Their Teams — Here Are Just a Few

Inside Our Best-in-Class Curriculum

Go from Zero to Fluent With Expert Guidance

Learn by doing with help from world-class practitioners who use Python every day. Instructors bring the latest techniques from the field straight to the classroom. Our curriculum emphasizes real-world relevance and offers plenty of opportunity for practice through code-alongs, labs, and projects that mirror on-the-job applications.

Discover Python’s Wide Range of Applications

Designed for students with a variety of professional backgrounds and experience levels — including beginners — this course takes a deep dive into the fundamentals of Python and object-oriented programming. Explore Python’s powerful applications in the final unit, with either a data science or web development specialization as selected by students and instructors.

Get a Head Start With Pre-Course Prep Lessons

Once you enroll, we equip you with online, self-paced preparatory lessons to set you up for success. Install your developer environment. Then, dive into essential Python programming concepts to gain a common vocabulary and start collaborating with classmates on day one.

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Real-World Portfolio Projects

Graduate with a polished capstone project: A custom application built from scratch. Depending on the focus of your cohort, you’ll either manipulate and visualize data with Pandas or else integrate APIs into a web app with Flask.

Individualized Instructor Support

Get guidance, feedback, and more from experts who are dedicated to supporting your learning and career goals. Instructors are on hand in class and during office hours to offer real-time support and help you turn ideas into action.

Global Network of 70K+ Alumni

Create connections with peers that last well beyond your time in the classroom. As part of the GA alumni community, you’ll gain access to networking events and workshops to keep evolving your career for years to come.

“The approach that the instructor has taken during this course is what I have been looking for in every course that I have been in. General Assembly has acquired some of the finest teachers in the field of programming and development, and if all the other classes are structured the same way as the Python course I took, then there is a very high chance that I will come back for more.”

System Test Engineer, ASML
Nizar Altarooti, GA Online

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Elite Instructors

These Python experts bring in-depth experience from the field to the classroom each day, providing invaluable insights into succeeding on the job. 

GA instructors are committed to providing personalized feedback and support to help you gain confidence with key concepts and tools. 

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Software Engineer at Warby Parker
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Data Scientist at Microsoft
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Staff Software Engineer at Peloton

Case Study: Bloomberg Partners With GA for Python Training

Problem: To remain a data industry leader, Bloomberg sought to evolve the skills of its employees, enabling them to automate processes and apply advanced analytics in new ways.

Solution: Through the Leading With Data program — which leverages General Assembly's Python programming curriculum — Bloomberg is equipping hundreds of analysts with technical tools to wrangle and explore data.

Impact: “I have seen business initiatives that were prototyped during the class put into production. The program has led to tangible business results, as well as creating a common foundational skill set that we all must have going forward.” — Domenic Maida, Chief Data Officer, Bloomberg

Case study source: Rethinking the Build vs. Buy Approach to Talent: How Savvy Employers Are Building Tech Skills From Within, by Josh Bersin, Senior Advisor, Whiteboard Advisors

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Flexible Financing Options

Employer Sponsorship

Receive full or partial tuition reimbursement from your company.

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Full Tuition

Save $250 on the full $3,950 tuition by paying in full upfront.*

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$3,950

full tuition

0%-Interest, $0-Fee Loans

Apply for a loan from one of our high-quality lenders, ClimbMeritize, or Ascent. Qualify for monthly payments as low as $206 at zero interest for 18 months.*

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Installment Plans

Divide tuition into two, three, or four easy payments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are Python programming skills relevant today?

The future is bright for programmers who know Python — it’s a baseline skill for high-growth industries like analytics, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and data science, which was recently named the No. 1 most promising job by LinkedIn.

It’s also incredibly accessible. Thanks to its versatility and intuitive syntax, Python is one of the easiest programming languages to learn on the market — a good choice for beginners to the world of programming.

What are the professional backgrounds of Python programming students?

Python Programming is our best entry-level course for professionals looking to gain a foundation in programming to kickstart a move into tech or data. You’ll find a diverse range of students in the classroom including:

  • New programmers who want to get up and running quickly with an object-oriented language.

  • Graduates of our Data Analytics course who enjoyed the programming aspects of Excel and SQL.

  • Anyone considering further study in our Data Science or Data Science Immersive programs, which require a strong foundation in Python programming.

Regardless of their backgrounds, this program attracts a community of eager learners who want to know how to code a prototype, make sense of documentation, and continue honing their Python skills independently.

What does my tuition cover?

Here are just some of the benefits you can expect as a GA student:

  • 40 hours of expert instruction from a Python practitioner, plus many more spent tackling homework, honing projects, and getting technical support in office hours.

  • Robust coursework, including expert-vetted lesson decks, project toolkits, and more. Refresh and refine your knowledge throughout your professional journey as needed.

  • A web programming or data science specialization track, which your instructor will select based on class interest and local job market demand.

  • A real-world project where you’ll develop a custom web or data application from scratch.

  • Individual feedback and guidance from instructors and TAs. Stay motivated and make the most of your experience with the help of GA’s dedicated team.

  • Exclusive access to alumni discounts, networking events, and career workshops.

  • A GA course certificate to showcase your new skill set on LinkedIn.

  • Connections with a professional network of instructors and peers that lasts well beyond the course. The global GA community can help you navigate and succeed in the field.

Will I earn a certificate?

Yes! Upon passing this course, you will receive a signed certificate of completion. Thousands of GA alumni use their course certificate to demonstrate skills to employers and their LinkedIn networks. GA’s technology training courses are well-regarded by many top employers, who contribute to our curriculum and use our programs to train their own teams.

Who teaches this course?

Our instructors represent the best and brightest Python programming and software engineering experts who have worked for companies like Etsy, Zendrive, and Honey.is. They combine in-depth knowledge as practitioners with a passion for nurturing the next generation of talent.

We work with a large pool of experienced instructors around the world. Please speak with our Admissions team to find out who is teaching the upcoming course in your location.

Are there any prerequisites?

This is a beginner-friendly program with no prerequisites, although some students may have coded previously. First-time programmers will have access to pre-course preparatory lessons and additional resources to boost their confidence with key concepts and set up their developer environments.

Our Admissions team can discuss your background and learning goals to advise if this course is a good fit for you.

Can I work full-time while enrolled in this course?

Yes! All of our part-time courses are designed for busy professionals with full-time work commitments. Depending on your location, classes meet twice per week in the evenings, or all day on Saturday. If you’re able to dedicate a full week to learning, we also have a full-time, accelerated 1-week option. You may opt to take this course in-person at one of our 20+ campuses or online via our Remote classroom setup. 

You will be expected to spend time working on homework and projects outside of class hours each week, but the workload is designed to be manageable with a full-time job.

If you need to miss a session or two, we offer resources to help you catch up. We recommend you discuss any planned absences with your instructor.
 

Which format should I take this course in — on campus or online?

It’s up to you! Our Remote course offers a learning experience that mirrors GA’s on-campus offerings but allows you to learn Python from the comfort of home. If you don’t live near a GA campus, have a busy travel schedule, or just want to save yourself the commute, a Remote course could be a good option for you, if available in your market. You’ll still get access to the expert instruction, learning resources, and support network that GA is known for.

If you prefer to learn Python alongside your peers and can make it to campus, our in-person courses allow you to take advantage of our beautiful classrooms and workspaces.

Our Admissions team can advise you on the best format for your personal circumstances and learning style.

What are my financing options?

We offer a variety of different financing options, including installment plans, so you can focus on what counts — your education. Plus, more than 45% of our part-time students receive full or partial tuition reimbursement from their employers. Speak with our Admissions team to learn more and find the best fit for you and your finances.

What projects will I work on during the course?

For your capstone project, you’ll apply what you’ve learned throughout the course to build a polished, portfolio-ready web or data application. Showcase your skills by creating a custom app that pulls in third-party data with Pandas or integrates functionality from APIs with Flask, depending on the focus of your cohort.

We encourage you to tackle a problem that’s related to your work or a passion project you’ve been meaning to carve out time for.

Throughout the course, you’ll also complete a number of smaller projects designed to reinforce what you’ve learned in each unit.

What types of Python jobs are in demand in Chicago?

A great many! Chicago is a thriving tech city with demand for Python-proficient professionals in a range of sectors. According to current data from workforce analytics firm Emsi Burning Glass, the top Python-proficient jobs in the Chicago metro area are software developer, data scientist, data engineer, DevOps engineer, and software engineer. Other emerging roles that require this Python certification include lead software engineer and data scientist manager. The future looks bright, too. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities for software developers, quality assurance analysts, and testers, who use high-demand Python, are expected to grow 22% in the next decade. Thanks to its ubiquity and general-purpose benefits, Python programming language — and those with this high-demand skill — are highly sought-after in Chicago’s job market. Fluency in the Python programming language is one of the most future-proof skills you can have. 

Who are the major employers hiring for Python jobs in Chicago?

Top employers hiring candidates with Python programming language skills in Chicago are Oracle, Capital One, Hired, IBM, The Citadel, and The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Here and around the world, the number of employers hiring Python-proficient professionals continues to increase. Because Python is used so broadly across a range of sectors and business types, companies in public and private sectors are looking for skilled employees with many Python-proficient attributes like the ins/outs of object-oriented programming, scripting, automation, as well as a working knowledge of Linux. 

What specific Python skills do Chicago employers look for?

According to both Emsi Burning Glass and our other hiring partners, employers are seeking out candidates who know how to code — and troubleshoot Python code — based on Python fundamentals and basics, as well as dive into special topics like data science and web apps. They're also looking for employees with Python certification who have skills in the adjacent programming languages Java and SQL. Agile methodology and, specifically, Amazon Web Services are also named by employers as desired skills. Fluency in Python — the world’s fastest-growing programming language — is a valued skill sought by employers because of its versatile capabilities to build web and data science applications. It’s also a baseline skill for competitive industries like analytics, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and data science. 

Is Python really a relevant, in-demand skill in Chicago?

The relevancy of Python is here to stay, according to Emsi Burning Glass, in Chicago and elsewhere. Demand for Python skills is rising at both the national and international levels. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that demand for software developers, quality assurance analysts, and testers, who use high-demand Python, is expected to grow 22% over the next ten years. Why? Because any corporation focused on digital transformation and innovation must, to a degree, become a tech company. That makes the future bright for Python-proficient professionals at every level.  

Approximately, how much can someone expect to earn in Chicago with Python skills?

According to Emsi Burning Glass, the salary range for a Python-skilled employee in Chicago is $105,317 to $142,487. This is a verified range that reflects current median salaries. And though exact numbers will vary based on individual experience and business sector, overall compensation reflects the fact that Python is a rapidly growing programming language everywhere in the world. With jobs predicted to grow just as fast, your earning potential is likely to increase over time. 

How is this course taught at the Chicago campus? And where is it?

This Python class is currently fully remote in Chicago. While we do not currently have a working physical campus in this metro, we have developed cohorts, local hiring partner connections, and hosted events to make your remote Python programming class as dynamic and complete as it would be in person. These "regular" course perks greatly benefit the accelerated learning structure of part-time learning. The part-time schedule allows more flexibility, so you can learn around your own schedule from the comfort of home. Our Python coding bootcamp is designed for students with a variety of professional backgrounds and experience levels — including beginners. This course takes a deep dive into the fundamentals of Python and object-oriented programming. Learners explore Python’s powerful applications in the final unit, with either a data science or web development specialization as selected by students and instructors.

How do I know General Assembly is the best place for me to learn Python and advance my tech career in Chicago?

For the past decade, we’ve catalyzed real change in the workplace by partnering with industry experts and our standards boards to create innovative, premium curricula with proven results. From the globalized classroom to removing financial barriers, we've changed careers and lives by teaching tech and digital skills in an ever-shifting world. Our Python instructors are real-world, expert professions, ensuring that your Python learning journey is set up for true, sustainable success. In our Python training course, you’ll get the Python fundamentals you need to succeed and join a community of passionate learners who are just as eager to grow their careers as you are. You’ll create connections with peers that last well beyond your time in the classroom. And as part of our alumni community, you’ll gain access to networking events and workshops to keep evolving your career for years to come.

Chicago’s growing tech scene makes the city an exciting place to learn — and work. Between established companies accelerating their digital transformations to a whole slew of new startups, business in Chicago is booming. The Windy City is sizing up to be one of the best places to find a tech job in 2021 and beyond. The city and metro area is attracting more and more tech talent as companies in all sectors seek to accelerate the pace of innovation. That means the demand for developers, programmers, and engineers is on the rise. Post-pandemic, Chicago is emerging as a top destination for tech talent, and job opportunities and career development continue to increase here, making it a great place to learn, grow and transform your career. It reigns as one of the most cosmopolitan and cultural Midwestern cities, to boot!

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