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Old 11-27-2023, 09:45 AM
 
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I'm 31 and have a full-time job in a math-related field making 80k a year. In 3 or 4 years, however, I can easily be making 100k, and within a decade, could be making 120-150k. Would becoming a software engineer help me hit these figures quicker? Thanks!
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Old 11-27-2023, 01:30 PM
 
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I'm 31 and have a full-time job in a math-related field making 80k a year. In 3 or 4 years, however, I can easily be making 100k, and within a decade, could be making 120-150k. Would becoming a software engineer help me hit these figures quicker? Thanks!
Do you know anything about software engineering?
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Old 11-28-2023, 08:15 AM
 
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Keep in mind that there are hundreds of thousands of code monkeys out there that call themselves "software engineers" when they're really computer programmers, a job that can be outsourced and offshored and H1B'd almost instantly.

There are a few actual software engineers, who use the principles of science and mathematics in solving fundamental problems of digital computation and numerical methods. At this point, most of those people have MS degrees in computer science from real universities, and if you're 31, the actual software engineers at your age and pay bracket probably already have 5 to 8 years experience.

Maybe you should get hold of a degree plan for MS Computer Science from a real university (say, MIT, Caltech, Stanford, Rice, etc.) and read the course descriptions and syllabi. Do you think you've already got a working mastery of most of those subjects? Or do you think it looks like something that would be interesting to you and within your capabilities?

Let's not confuse "IT Entrepreneur" with "software engineer" or "computer programmer" either. Yes, there are quite a number of successful IT Entrepreneurs out there, who started as "software engineer" or "computer programmer" - but their real strengths and interests are in what makes an entrepreneur successful - sales, leadership, the ability to conceive a product, the company to deliver it, and convince investors of its value, then to be able to realize that and actually deliver the product. At base, the "IT Entrepreneur" is the same person as the "Auto Industry Entrepreneur" of 1920, or the "Aviation Entrepreneur" of 1940, or the "Railroad Entrepreneur" of 1870. You're either that person, or you're not.
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