With tech skills in such high demand, tons of coding boot camps have popped up around the country. These intensive programs aim to give coding newbies all they need to be ready for an entry-level tech job in just a few short weeks or months.

But what if you live far from the cities where most of these programs are located? These days tech jobs may be available pretty much everywhere, but tech boot camps aren't -- and not everyone is in a position to pack up and move to New York or San Francisco for a few months.

You could sign up for a years-long degree program at a local college, of course. But that's, well, years long. Or you could cobble together skills from the many great online learning resources out there. But now there's a third choice from startup Treehouse. A sort of middle way between these two options, the startup's new Techdegree program claims to provide all the skills students need to get an entry-level tech job in a matter of months and entirely online.

A hot new career in tech in under a year?

According to a blog post by Treehouse founder Ryan Carson announcing the new credential, the average student takes between six to twelve months to complete the course, which costs $399 per month. Techdegrees will be offered in six topics -- front-end web development, full stack JavaScript, iOS, Android, Python, and Java. Each will include 12 coding projects to hone and showcase student skills, and students will also receive one-on-one video mentorship.

"The Techdegree is designed to be a passport into a new life," claims Carson, who points out there were more than 500,000 unfilled computer science jobs across the U.S.last year.

He also stresses Treehouse's commitment to readying students from across the country for jobs everywhere, not just in Silicon Valley. "Our economy is changing fast and there are new roles in tech in every corner of the United States, in every city, and every state. No-one should be denied that opportunity if they want it," he writes.

Demand is certainly there. Will employers trust this credential? Carson points out that Treehouse students have already found jobs with impressive employers from BuzzFeed to NASA (and tech is famously unfinicky about candidates' backgrounds as long as they can do the word), but the only way to truly answer this question is to see how the first batch of Techdegree enrollees fare on the job market.

Still, Treehouse's new credential is worth considering if you were pondering making a career change to the red-hot tech sector but were held back by the logistics involved in gaining the necessary skills.

Published on: May 11, 2016