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Would you become a software developer again?   [Edit]

Survey period: 8 Dec 2008 to 15 Dec 2008

If you could travel back in time to before you discovered software development, but had the knowledge you have today, would you travel the same path, and become a software developer? (Suggested by RichardInToronto)

OptionVotes% 
Yes, definitely1,02263.91
Yes, but I would change my area of focus28217.64
No, there are other professions I am more interested in now18911.82
No, but I wouldn't know what other profession to go into764.75
I am not a software developer301.88



 
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chaiguy13378-Dec-08 3:45
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TheIdleProgrammer7-Dec-08 22:44
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...I could have done it too but my parents coerced me into engineering when I was making my college choices. Once you've graduated and got a job/mortgage/wife/family etc. it's very difficult, if not impossible, to stop working and re-train for some other profession.

It's not that I dislike the job - I actually love what I do - but I can't help feeling that (in the UK at least) engineers are looked upon as geeky second class citizens, a necessary evil if you like and the subject of many nerdy jokes. In fact, I often avoid getting into discussions with people about my chosen profession because as soon as I say 'Software Engineer' their eyes glaze over and they change the subject as soon as possible. If I'm lucky they'll refrain from some joke about 'shift registers' or 'The IT Crowd' on Channel 4. I wouldn't mind but just about everybody in the developed world (and quite a few people in developing countries too) use electronics developed by us poorly paid second class geeks, so where's the pay/respect?

The only way to really get paid in this profession is to go it alone as a freelancer, but it takes a lot of different qualities to take that plunge, many of which most people don't have.

OK, rant over. Back to work...
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