These people sitting in front of computers are not playing games.
They are students learning web or app program development.
From 9 AM to 9 PM, with breaks only for meals and to go to the restroom, these people work in front of a computer for at least 12 hours almost every day for 3 months.
These highly-intensive courses are being called "IT boot camp."
Students at these IT boot camps come from having had various unrelated jobs from former airline employees to liberal arts academy instructors.
And some pay up to roughly 8-thousand U.S. dollars for a three-month course.
"I felt that the world was changing quickly. Thinking of where I'd be in 10 years, I thought the IT industry is where I could have a career, so I applied for this program."
There are 10 large coding academies in the Seoul area alone.
At each, the number of students per year exceeds 10-thousand, and that number is said to more than double every year.
According to Statistics Korea, the number of computer programming-related workers increased 2.4 times in the 10 years between 2010 and 2020 and with the continuing growth in development within the IT industry, that number is expected to rise even more.
Behind this craze is the so-called "Ne-Ka-Ra-Cou-Bae" Employment referring to the high-income big-name companies Naver, Kakao, Line Plus, Coupang and Baemin that offer open-door job opportunities based on coding skills.
"The demand and supply of developers is very imbalanced right now. With such intense training, potential IT technicians can prepare to be scouted by big companies constantly searching for IT technicians who can perform at a similar level to the already-employed technicians."
With employment rates to the "Ne-Ka-Ra-Cou-Bae" companies reaching 80%, the craze for these IT boot camps is only expected to grow.
Lee Eunjin, Arirang News.