What is the career future of a young programmer?

December 10, 2007 11:56pm CST
To be a programmer, we need the energy, the strength to work. Sometimes, we need stay up to late.I am young and I can bear it.But I am worried how I can be capable of this job when I get older.For some other jobs, the older, the better, such as lawyer, doctor. I am worried. I am a young programmer. Hey, what is your opinions, my friend?
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@mnsrwt123 (2058)
• India
1 Apr 08
Well, its a really difficult question my dear friend, as if you are a good programmer then you will not find any difficutlies in getting good companies job, but as you know you must have tallents to show your performance.
@dkarthas (47)
• China
16 Mar 08
i am programer. i have work in the job for several years and not younger, but i am not regret. because i like Programing. i do the thing that i like.
@showenx (16)
• Australia
8 Mar 08
Things I have seen so far is, people grow and get promted after 3-4 years. And you do more work like design and the arrange the structure of the code. Then you don't have to do that much coding and bug fixing, which are always assigned to the juniors.
• Indonesia
28 Feb 08
one step at a time, one day at a time. everything needs to start by small steps, then later we would suddenly notice how we have made far and long journey to expert. I understand how you feel, as I am a programmer myself. anyway, if you really love your job as programmer, just keep learning, and learn something new related to your field. I mean, we are getting old one day and if programming is our top favorite, we can still become an analyst as we have gained long and good experiences in this field. especially when the company has trusted you very much and noticed your talent in some area of programming, your opinion / advice will be valued much as you improved. back then I started as a new programmer, from a small step, and these days, the team and even the main analyst will ask my point of view / opinion about the program design and features. this is just a sharing from a programmer across the ocean. I wish for your good and bright future. ;)
@martus (122)
• Philippines
28 Feb 08
Keep your self updated at all times, and also you always practice yourself especially in programming and better yet all about database applications. You should also try to learn web programming and designing.
@mr_mlk (364)
9 Feb 08
First it depends on what field of SE you get in to, and what company you work for. I work for a reasonable sized company developing very rather dull in-house business process stuff. I rarely work late. I have not done weekends, and in three or so years I have only been called in at the middle of the night to fix something once (it just so happens that once was during a BBQ, but never mind). I know some game developers for whom it is standard practise to leave work past 18:30, and staying later, and working weekends is a common event.
• China
2 Feb 08
My answer is, ask yourself, do you have the passion to be a programmer? Are you really interested in programming? If you have the passion, you will become an expert, you will never need to ask such questions. You will find your positions in the industry at different ages.
@katmaier (52)
• China
1 Feb 08
On seeing your title of this discussion I know you must be Chinese. All the young Chinese programmers worry about the same thing.
• Philippines
20 Jan 08
i am studying programming as well... in fact i have learned a few languages now... its hard to migrate to a different language fresh from another you know... oh well.. you can study database administration which will make a good combination with programming... or study a little of web application... or maybe thats too much lol... its better if you know all right... they're all related you know...
• United States
29 Dec 07
I wouldn't worry too much. Hopefully by the time you're old enough to have to worry about that kind of thing you'll have elevated to a higher position in your company and while you may still program, it probably won't be the grunt work that requires you to stay up late at night when you're off the clock to finish it. At least I hope not. Or if that's not practical for you, I'm just guessing, but you could probably quit programming if you had to and easily get a tech support job (maybe some kind of management in that field). Fixing problems, unless you're talking about some software-specific issue, maybe some kind of networking client troubleshooting, or something else that's non-OS based or very common, if you know enough to create an application that can run smoothly on a machine, chances are you know enough about its inner workings and processes to solve whatever obstacles someone is facing. In short, don't worry about it just yet. You've probably got more options than you realize and you're probably farther away from not being able to handle your job than you think.
• China
26 Dec 07
Programming is a very hard work, but if you like that job, the hardness is nothing. As a young programmer, you should pride of youself because just a few man can do that, the job need energy , enough clever.... I like programing , but i am not a programmer, I known that job is very hard , of course the paid is very high. You can use just a few years to earn enough money but the others must spend a long time, so the hard is valuable.
@seared (247)
• China
11 Dec 07
you can't be young forever.So what do you worry about?youth or success?which is more important for you?Hi,guy,you can put it in this way, when you are young,you you have youth even though you can't achieve success in your career.when you old,you can be successful even you have no youth at all. best wishes!hope you can enjoy your job and life
@youless (93111)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Dec 07
I think a good programmer always have a bright future. In fact most of jobs need young people. It seems it is the same in the IT field. And working in the IT field as a programmer usually can have very good paid. So you try to work hard for some years and earn enough and then you probably can relax yourself and start your own business. As you already earn more than others for the same time.