Seems like I keep getting more inquiries on picking programming as a career choice from the young'uns as I get older.

The most common question I have heard is “Are the prospects good for IT right now?”. Now I would like to cringe and show the other person my middle finger but being well versed in the arts of social jiu jitsu I hold my firm as I tell them(usually) why would they even ask me that if its their passion.

But I digress. Lets move on to the mudda.

Pros of being a programmer

  • Pretty sweet salary. Can live off comfortably even while working part time.
  • You can ideally find work anywhere in the world if you’re good enough.
  • The world is your digital oyster! Hack around IOT stuff, make a webapp to plan your schedule. Having an in-depth technical knowledge about IT stuff helps a lot nowadays.
  • Much more easier to become a programmer. Tons of (free)resources are available online.

Cons of being a programmer

  • Its unhealthy. Sitting in front of a computer every day for the rest of your life will eventually fuck up your back/arms/eyes etc.
  • The community which is friendly, is too PC. Make of that what you will.
  • Not a lot of good rolemodels in the industry.
  • You will need to invest a lot of time on a semi-regular basis just to catch up with the new stuff being created by the community.

Note: All this won’t apply if you don’t like programming.

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If the code above is enough to send you running for the hills, programming is a bad career choice.

I am no expert on this topic. I am giving my wisdom on whatever experience I have gathered in the last five years. It will be interesting to see my thoughts on this topic about 2-4 years from now.