financial developer profession: not so bad

(A letter I didn’t send out)

Hi Daniel (Yuan),

I think the programmer profession, and financial IT in particular, is not that bad:

· Entry barrier — not too high nor too low

· Job security — actually reasonable, despite the threat of globalization and threat of younger guys. I think the high entry barrier in financial IT is to our advantage

o I was told some managers have job security concerns too

o I was told U.S. university professors also face elimination (淘汰).

· L Work Stress — Significant variation across firms and across teams, but generally more stress than other professions.

· L Workload — much higher than other professions. Programming is a knowledge-intensive job.

· Job market demand — very high for IT skills. Therefore people from other professions are drawn here.

o Market depth is excellent. You can find plenty of jobs from $50k (easy to cope) to $300k

· L Age discrimination — Some professions (like research) are even better.

· Career Longevity — (I will delay or skip retirement) Reasonable in the U.S. Some professions (like doctors) are even better.

· Income — well above average among all professions. Just look at national statistics and world-wide statistics.



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