Don't know what I want....

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  1. Chris90210

    Chris90210 New Member

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    I am currently between these degrees but not sure quite what i want yet. About half of people say do not go into this field while other say yes it is a good field. What are your thoughts. BS in Database Management, Networking, Programming, or Web Developing:noes: I am starting my second year of college and i have finished most of the stupid classes
     
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    If you like following someone else's design, pick any of the above. If you'd rather be the person doing the the designing, switch to software engineering.

    And before I get jumped on, yes, I am managing a couple of development projects even though I've only been in the workforce for a year. Thus far the feedback has been all positive.
     
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    if you can disclose what is your pay like
     
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    $48k with a BS degree and no prior experience, plus a 401(k) that doubles the first 5% of my paycheck, and the 401(k) is vested instantly -- that means I could walk out the door five minutes after investing money in my 401(k) and the first-5% matching bonus would walk out the door with me. Most companies reclaim the matching bonus if you leave before you've worked for X years. The health insurance is pretty generous, too. It's a good deal for a first job.

    EDIT: I dunno; 48k isn't a huge salary, to be sure; I've got a friend who works for AT&T and he's pulling down 60k a year with the same degree and the same experience I have. That said, he's working close to 60 hours a week, and I rarely exceed 45 hours a week. He also hasn't been able to save any money because of New Jersey's high cost-of-living, whereas I'm in Virginia which is more reasonable. He also gets almost no benefits, because of all the cost-cutting AT&T has had to do in the past, whereas my company is small and growing fast so the first wave of downsizing is probably a good ten years away yet. So your mileage may vary depending on how much whoring you're willing to do, where you live, and who you work for. I get a lot of stuff from my company that I'd have to pay for if I worked elsewhere.
     
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