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MAN FEELS THAT SOFTWARE DEVELOPER JOBS HAS OVERSHADOWED OTHER CAREERS

I don’t mean because of the software you’re writing that other professionals are using, I mean because of your jobs.

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The salaries, the advancement opportunities, the perks (stock options, RSUs, work from home, hybrid schedules), nearly every single young person in a white collar profession is aware of what is going on in the software development field and there is a lot of frustration with their own fields.

And these are not dumb/non-technical people either, I have seen and known *senior* engineers in aerospace, mechanical, electrical, and civil that have switched to software development because even senior roles were not giving the pay or benefits that early career roles in software do. Accountants, financial analyists, actuaries, all sorts of people in all sorts of different white-collar fields and they all look at software development with envy.

This is just all in my personal, real life, day to day experience talking with people, especially younger white collar professionals.

Many of them feel lied to about the career prospects in their chosen fields. If you don’t believe me you can basically look at any white collar specific subreddit and you’ll often see a new, active thread talking about switching to software development or discontent with the field for not having advancement like software does.

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Take that for what it’s worth to you, but it does seem like a lot of very smart, motivated people are on their way to this field because of dis-satisfaction with wages in their own. I personally have never seen so much discontent among white collar professionals, which is especially in this historically good labor market.

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