If you have a technical mind, financial IT (and Silicon Valley) rewards you better than other industries I know.
In Singapore, I worked (or know people working) in telecom, manufacturing, university R&D, online gaming, logistics, search engine .. These companies all “value” your technical mind too, but they don’t generate enough profit to reward you as trading shops do.
Raymond Teo pointed out the project budget for a big government project would be a few million, whereas the trading profit supported by a mid-sized trading platform would be tens of millions (possibly hundreds of millions) a year.
Culture is another factor… what type of contribution is considered important and highly valued…