Is programming a good career? I’ve got some mixed thoughts on this. I was a software developer for 15 years, now
I run some online businesses, Simple Programmer being one of them. I don’t really write code anymore, but let
me tell you what has gotten me to where I am in life. Just so you know I’m retired. I retired at 33 years old, I’m multi-millionaire,
and I get to kind of live the lifestyle that I want to live. What has gotten me there has been being a
programmer. What’s up John Sonmez here from simpleprogrammer.com,
so I have some mixed thoughts on this, and it depends on where you are in life. In general, I would say that, yes, programming,
being a software developer, being a software engineer, all those things are really good
careers, but you have to be smart about what you do, you have to be smart about what you
do with your money, and you have to consider some of the alternative option. As far as just like an enjoyable job, I really
don’t think there’s a much more enjoyable job. I have to say, even with what I’m doing now,
even creating YouTube videos I had a lot more fun writing code, figuring things out, creating. Creating things like that. Definitely as far as rewarding, working with
people solving difficult problems. Programming is a career that is a lot more
interesting than a lot of alternatives out. It’s always gonna be a new challenge, you’re
always learning new things, so if you’re interested in that from that perspective, yes, it’s great. Now, if you’re interested in making some money,
okay. There’s a couple of things to consider here. A software development career is very high
paying career. You can make a lot of money, you can get right
out of high school, and make a six figure job. It’s possible, not everyone does that, okay? If you wanna know how to do that make sure
you click the subscribe button, and join the channel, because there’s a lot of information
here on the YouTube channel as well as on the website go to simpleprogrammer.com especially
in the members section. Just making a six figure salary that’s not
enough. That’s not going to make you rich, you’re
not gonna become a millionaire. I would not have gotten to where I am in life
if I had just stop there. What I learned in my career was building a
brand, marketing myself, creating the original Simple Programmer blog, by the way, it’s been
10 years now since I started that blog. It’s our 10 year anniversary this year. That is what really allowed me to make a lot
more money, to skyrocket my career, and to open up a lot of other opportunities. I’ve recorded about 55 courses for the company
Pluralsite, and I got a huge amount of money from them. I got a huge amount of royalties that really
contributed to my net worth, but that was teaching people programming. So, it’s not enough just to be a software
developer or a programmer. What you really wanna do, you need to learn
how to market yourself, to not just increase your development skills, but to figure out
how else can you utilize this skill set. If you’re a software developer, you have the
option of doing freelancing. You can charge at one point, I was charging
$300 an hour to write code, and once you have that ability, you can also take that to a
consultant role, and come into companies and consult on software development, engineering,
and architecture best practices, and you could be charging 500 to 1000 bucks an hour. You could be giving classes. You can go in, and you could give classes,
training classes. I had a good buddy of mine that used to do
a backbone class, a JavaScript backbone class, and he would go in there, and he would make
$20, 000 in a day teaching this class. There’s a lot of other options, you gotta
think outside the box. The career is great, and there’s great opportunities
there, but you gotta figure out what else you can do. Another thing you can do is you can build
a business. People like Mark Zuckerberg, and the guys
that created Snapchat, or Uber, or all those guys, they were developers. A lot of them came from Google, and from different
companies in Silicon Valley, and they started their own company, and they wrote the code,
and they created a new thing, and they made a lot of money doing that, so you’ve got a
lot of options. Don’t just think that you have to be just
a career developer. There’s a lot of options when you go down
this path, and like I said, you don’t even have to be one forever. I’ve got some coaching clients that I have
that are programmers, but they don’t like programming. That’s not their passion, it’s fine, but they
do it anyway, and they get paid $150, 000 a year, and what do they do with the money? They invest it in real estate, they invest
in their business. They use that to be able to create the kind
of life that they want, to be able to invest in other areas, so that they can eventually
leave that job, and they can have their own business, they can have their real estate
investments, they can have passive income, so that’s another option as well. If you become a programmer, you can love the
job. It’s a lot of fun. I think it is as well, you can make good money,
even if you just stay there your whole career you’ll do well, you’ll do well, but you can
take that, and you can take those skills, and you can make it into something more. You can start a freelancing business, you
can start a consulting business, you can go, and you can create books, you can create video
courses, and tutorials, and training, and sell products. You can do all that kind of stuff. That’s what I did with my knowledge of programming. Tapping a very high pain career is lucrative. It makes a lot of things easier. If you look at someone who’s making like 30,
$40, 000 a year, and they wanna try to invest in real estate, or they wanna start a business,
and all that, they’re kinda handicapped, but if you got someone, like some of my clients
in Silicon Valley making 150, $200, 000 a year, they can drop $50, 000 a year into starting
a new business, or investing in some real estate, and so they’ve got a lot more chances
for success. Overall, yes. Programming, good career. Now, I’ll say one last thing about this, which
is that if your whole idea is that you just wanna have passive income, and you wanna be
an entrepreneur, then maybe you skip that, and maybe you just start building a business. That’s the only thing I would say against
it, but there’s really no reason why if you’re inclined to do it, and you can do programming
that you shouldn’t learn it, and you shouldn’t at least give it a try, and like I said, you
can use those skills in entrepreneurship in a business as well. Leave a thumbs up if you don’t mind. I’ll talk to you next time. Take care.


15 Comments

American Redoubt · January 28, 2019 at 1:38 pm

#MAGA End the #H1B Indian scam.

Ziro · January 28, 2019 at 3:29 pm

Happy 10-Year anniversary to the SP blog 💪🏿
– Ziro out.

Simple Programmer · January 28, 2019 at 4:12 pm

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Alantino · January 28, 2019 at 4:24 pm

Damn, John retired at 33. I'm 36 and just barely starting coding. I have zero experience in C.S. and programming. Studied Business Admin. I'm going the Business Intelligence route ( SQL, Python, Tableau). Plan on obtaining a Data Analyst/Business Analyst position while continuing to learn Full Stack Dev. Any pointers guys? Any advice is greatly appreciated! Love your content John!

Tim Boland · January 28, 2019 at 9:40 pm

I'm beginning to think Social Media Manager is a better career….it brings in revenue to the company and it's easier to learn than programming…plus it's something that every company needs, but most don't understand.

Rafael Nunes · January 29, 2019 at 1:39 am

Nice jacket!

waldo mack · January 30, 2019 at 4:54 am

It is saturated with developers. It is not saturated with GOOD developers.

kunal patel · January 30, 2019 at 9:51 am

I love creating software.

Coders don't quit · February 8, 2019 at 1:17 am

There is still a lack of good programmer

ArabCulture · April 18, 2019 at 10:56 am

Thanks Simple Programmer.
This Indian Company with a CMMi5 certification took from me $70 just to create a landing page.
Now that I've learned the basics, It makes sense how these companies make loads of money from people with no programming language experience.

Gabriel Andy Fono · August 7, 2019 at 2:09 am

thank
I am 28 years old and I am teaching myself how to code in order to get my dream job at silicon valley.
thanks Johnson for simple programmer for your guide.
we look forward to watching more videos.

PENDANTturnips · September 19, 2019 at 10:26 pm

Any career is good if youre smart. I feel that succes rests more on intelligence and other personality traits than just the career choice you make.

Marek Pająk · October 27, 2019 at 7:51 pm

I will get flamed for saying this but I believe sitting in a dungeon writing computer code in isolation and loneliness is a terrible occupation for most people. It's against human nature. Humans are social creatures and they love conversation and interaction with other humans, not machines. This explains why most people refuse to learn coding, which is why software engineers command high salaries, because there are so few of them. They recently published research data that claims at least 50% of software engineers at Google have Asperger's Syndrome or you can say they are on the Autism Spectrum. This explains why they enjoy this type of lonely, depressing work where they can avoid people (poor social skills due to Autism) but they can communicate with machines, which makes them very happy. In other words, if you hate the idea of programming computers, then you are NORMAL. On the other hand, if you've been formally diagnosed with Autism and you know you have it already, then you will probably have a stellar career as a programmer and you could make it to the the very top, because being an aspie will be your superpower. I'm a registered nurse in case you are wondering what I do for a living, but I was a commercial web designer in the late 1990s when web design was new, and everybody was designing websites, including my grandpa.

CPT Freeman · November 11, 2019 at 9:35 pm

What's the best way to go about becoming a programmer? Should I go to college or coding bootcamp or a trade school?

Jacob McDougald · January 2, 2020 at 2:17 pm

Hey john what do I need to learn as far as becoming a software developer I have read the first 12 chapters of the complete software developers career guide. And it doesn’t say what I most know and learn to become a software developer

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