November 15th, 2000, 12:39 PM
I have heard repeatedly "programmers get the big bucks".
My question is which language should I focus on to earn $50k or more. I'm 50 yrs old and I need a non-physical job. It doesn't matter to me if I would be developing for the web or other apps. I can not really learn more than one or two langs thoroughly.
November 15th, 2000, 01:34 PM
As far as server side scripting goes, do a search for jobs in your area to see what is in demand (PHP, ASP, Perl, CF) and learn SQL, too.
I know these are more recommendations than you asked for, but it's a minimum. You could learn C++ or Java, but to learn it well you'll need more time than learning the above. If you have the time than great, but the end result of $ is about the same.
November 15th, 2000, 05:00 PM
And learn different OS's (Operating Systems). UNIX is a big plus! Another great web scripting language is MIVA. Just stick with learning one language at a time or you just shoot yourself in the foot!
November 17th, 2000, 05:17 AM
In the UK Java skills are in high demand and I know of people in London working in the financial sector who have contracts that are paying £90.00 an hour.
If you intend learning IT skills I strongly recomend that you learn database skills (SQL) because whatever language you learn you will at some stage need to connect to a database.
[This message has been edited by eaamj01 (edited November 17, 2000).]
November 17th, 2000, 04:45 PM
I started this thread and I want to thank those of you that have replied so far.
Also, I would like to give you a little more info on my position to help future replies.
I have been searching job banks for "programmers", "web developers", and by keywords for weeks, local and national (usa). What I found was that a very large skill set is required and that finding was the impetus for my question.
I welcome new input on my question. I am still reading your answers with great interest and much respect.