Thread: Career Programming Direction

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    Career Programming Direction

    Hi All,

    I am currently an embedded c programmer and I up for a language direction change. I would appreciate feedback on what is considered the boom area in programming, C++, Java, Android etc, ideally an area that is in demand.

    Look forward to your feedback and your views on a good career direction.

    Many Thanks,

    Rocketman46

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    In "demand" where?
    The world is a big place with many economic and tech cycles.

    In "demand" for how long?

    How far are you willing to travel (or relocate?)

    The thing about high demand is that people rush into it, creating a glut of experience (with varying levels of competence), depressing wages and making life hard for those without a job and a skill nobody wants.
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    Hi Salem,

    So confirming there is no correct answer, you would maybe stick with the harder languages C/ C++ and specialize?

    Embedded C/ Electronics engineers seem quite poorly paid for the knowledge required, and yet for example Android developers at the moment are highly paid and less knowledge is required.

    I suppose the honest answer most people want a well paid easy job - the grass is greener scenario.

    Cheers,

    RocketMan46

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    I would suggest you stick with the work you enjoy. If you really wanted to sell your soul for that last dollar, you would have become a lawyer.

    Before you decide that say California is offering 6-figure salaries, you need to look at what's left after all taxes, pension, insurances, accommodation, utility, food, transport expenses have been taken into account.

    By the time you figure out what the next hot demand area is, it's probably too late to join the party to make serious $$$ out of it. The creators and early adopters will just walk over you with the extra years of experience.

    > I suppose the honest answer most people want a well paid easy job
    The three-sided triangle
    - easy
    - well paid
    - legal
    Pick two (and negate the third).

    The other way to lots of money (aside from outrageous luck of being born in the right family, or winning the lottery) is be a founder or early employee of some startup which grows into something big. But this requires both an idea, and a shed-load of hard work for peanuts, and no certainty of success to cash in at the end.
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