The reason it seems like quite a few self-taught programmers “make it big without a degree” is the same as the reason why it seems like all people who make it to 120 lived on cigarettes and bacon and drank a bottle of whiskey every day: exceptions draw a lot of attention.

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  1. I’m a small church pastor, thinking about a 2nd career (going bi-vocational). Would it be economically advisable to choose programing/computer related work as my 2nd career?

    If so, would gaining some sort of programming degree be beneficial?

    I’m a tech/gadget-junky. I have ideas spinning in my head for new tablet apps (ministry related), and I like dinking around with website development (blogging and church website). So, I do have a tech/geeky side to me; just a creative side as well.


    Tim Dahl

    • Tough to say, Tim.

      If you’re really interested in programming or software development, then I’d say pursue it.

      A degree will often help make you more marketable but there are also places that are more interested in seeing what you’ve done rather than a degree – having a paper trail of projects you’ve been a part of available via the web is a good idea.

      That said, don’t pursue it if you’re simply looking for a second career. Programming can be extremely tedious and I’ve experienced first hand certain people that got into it for the wrong reasons and hated it :). Then again, I – along with many others, obviously – absolutely love it.

      Hopefully this helps a bit – at any rate, best of luck in what you choose to do!

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