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    Hi guys, i have some questions here about IT.
    I'm 28 years old, worked in different places and industries. I decided to go back to school, to get degree. I decided to go in to IT and get associate degree in "Web and Software Developer"
    I know a lot about computers but not much about web and software development. Reason I'm going is because i want to have steady job and income and i know i can do it in this industry.
    My questions are:
    1) how good do you have to be in math, to do job well?
    2) Do you need more then associate degree to get the job?
    3) Is "web and software developer" job in high demand, or should I consider some other IT profession?

    Anything else i should know about IT?

    Thank you
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    Originally Posted by ITRookie
    1) how good do you have to be in math, to do job well?
    Not completely but it does help. I do remember that my standard High School maths was pretty useless when I was studying, but as long as you can relate the maths concept to what you'll be doing it will be a lot easier.

    Originally Posted by ITRookie
    2) Do you need more then associate degree to get the job?
    Depends on the job and the employer. Some places need all sorts of bits of paper, and some just want you to know what you're doing.

    Originally Posted by ITRookie
    3) Is "web and software developer" job in high demand, or should I consider some other IT profession?
    Not sure about "high demand". That (again) depends on exactly what you specialise in. The field of web programming is relatively diverse, so there's more specialities then just that, and different things can help to get different jobs.

    I was close to your situation myself. I went back to Uni to study at 24, so I've been in the same situation as you (almost). For me it was good because I had some life experience and a whole heap of different jobs in very different industries before I went into IT, so it gives me a bit more of an idea of what other companies might need instead of only looking at the programming side of things.
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    I think you'd better start with learning some of IT matters on your own accord before going to school/college/university.

    It is crucial in several aspects:
    - you will decide whether you have real interest to this - it is bad idea to learn something which you do not really like - it will prevent you from gaining much wealth;
    - you will have some basis on which your school studies could be based - too much people came to frustration because they tried to learn in college from scratch and found that it is not supposed to be so.

    To your questions:
    1) Not necessarily, but of course you should have good sense of logic - bit of math logic and lot of casual logic. And of course specific knowledge of any science (math at first, then physics, some engineering, chemistry, biology, natural languages) will allow you to work in more specific and better-payed projects.

    2) As a matter of fact you need not any degree at all. For web-developer skills and portfolio will be of greater value. However, some people feel it useful to get _knowledge_ from school or courses. Degree without real skills will not find you a job

    3) Of course there are tons of positions for web-developers. However you can expect that jobs which require only lowest skills and nothing special - they have lots of candidates and this dramatically forces the salary down. Though it could be all right for your _first_ job in IT, in will never do to work in low-paid positions for years.
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