How about programming without a degree?

In relation to my post about the quality of a programmer, it is nice to see listed among 17 jobs that can be done without a degree and pay well:

Computer Software Engineer – $52,000+ yearly

If you’re technically minded and talented, you easily can find work as a computer software engineer, without having to go through any schooling. While basic courses and tech courses may help, most companies are willing to provide at least some training. If you’re already designing software in your spare time, this would be a great fit.

Computer Programmer – $55,000+ yearly

Whether you decide to freelance or work for a company, computer programmers usually are hired based on ability and not education. If you’ve got what it takes, you easily can start earning close to $60,000 a year doing what you love.

Let me rephrase this freely:

If you’re technically minded, talented and already designing software in your spare time, you can get a job in doing what you love. If you’ve got what it takes, companies will hire you and provide training.

That’s a positive thought!

Someone told me if you spend 1 hour each day studying a specific subject. You will be an expert in that subject in seven years. You can probably make it in 4 years if you study 2 hours each day. Still, becoming an expert takes time!

Being “technically minded” helps you choose the subject. Being “talented” eases the learning curve. And finally, “designing software in your spare time” adds to the daily hours.

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