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Small Companies More Likely to Hire Developers Without a Degree

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Tech hiring giants like Google, Apple, and IBM have famously lifted their four-year degree requirements. But for hiring developers without degrees, it's small companies that are leading the charge. Thirty-two percent of developers at small companies (1-49 employees) haven't obtained a bachelor's degree, according to the 2020 HackerRank Developer Skills Report, a survey of over 116,000 developers from 162 countries. That's a stark contrast to large companies (10,000+ employees), where 91% of developers have obtained a bachelor's degree or higher, while only 9% have not.

In addition, 32% of hiring managers have hired a developer who learned coding skills from a bootcamp. Most coders between the ages of 40 and 74 in 2020 learned to code in BASIC, while most of those under the age of 39 learned to code in C, the survey found.

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