Degree's and Careers, and the future of programmers
Who here has a b.a. or b.s. and in what? What is your career now? How is it related to your degree?
Also, on a side note, where do you see "programming" and "scripting" in the future in terms of a career? WIth more and more people learning it and how to do things, so more and more people can freelance. Do you see being a coder in the future as being just contracted work or do you see people getting paid 60-80K a year to program? Or do you see companies just outsourcing to freelancers?
I've got a BSc in Computing and Information Technology. I learnt how to program in C which helped a lot when it came to learning PHP for Internet things as they are very similar. I also chose a lot of the business related modules which helped a bit, although a lot were related to things I might not use until the business is raking in a few million My dissertation/final year project was a fairly large PHP project which has helped a lot in both the planning and implementation of future projects we have handled.
As for the future of programming I think hardcore stuff like Java and C++ will remain an area for skilled workers and wages will be good. On the Internet side of things as more and more people get interested in it and start their own site it will be harder for workers to secure a decent job unless they are the best of the best.
So if I wanted to go into programming you would recommend that I get a CS degree and focus on c++/java? (Still learn everything else but focus on the harder ones) so I can secure a good wage (which, by the way, what is "good" considered?)
im currently doing a BSc in Multimedia Technology.
it scratches the surface in these areas:
Graphics + Technical Drawing
IMO when you get your degreee (what ever you get a degree in) you wont be on the megga bucks straight away. its normally around £17,000 PA for a starting out programmers job.
When you have been in it for a while and proberly spend 5 years or so plus in the biz you get onto the megga bucks. megga bucks is around £30,000 PA upwards. Ive personally known it to go as high as £90,000 to £100,000 for the experts.
Also another thing to note you dont have to get a degree in programming to become a programmer. alot of people think you do but you dont. all you do is get given a better chance at getting a job involved in programming.
I'm not convinced that a graduate programmer will only earn £17,000 a year. I earnt £18,000/year when I was doing my placement year at Uni, no way would I accept less money for what should be a better job!
For my friends who left at the same time as me the average starting salery in the IT world was £24,000/year. I know one person who has gone to work for the DTI as a contractor and is on £36,000/year!
Hope no one takes this the wrong way, but I find it very funny how the OP is from the US (says location: California) and how everyone who has replied to his post so far is from the UK and/or talking about the UK.
Anyway, it was just a funny and harmless observation, carry on!
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