A Life-long Career as a Software Developer

A Life-long Career as a Software Developer

I have always felt that a lifelong technical career in IT was next to impossible, as new technologies and methodologies come online you would need to be very diligent in constantly updating your skills to remain relevant. Personally I look forward to moving into management someday, if for nothing else other than to step off of this treadmill.

I do however maintain an active interest in learning about new technologies, and read technical books on programming and databases constantly. Strangely enough, this is often not the case with many of my peers in IT who actually want to stay technical, but I never see them making an active effort to learn new technical skills outside of the narrow scope of their existing jobs. It seems to me that for some developers, they stepped off that learning treadmill the say they left college.

So is it possible to start working as a developer at 22, and still be one when you retire at 65? This post has some really interesting comments on the subject, I encourage you to read Greg's comment in particular if you harbour ambitions of being a life-long developer:

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John Collins

I have been writing about web technology and software development since 2001. I am the developer of the Alpha Framework for PHP, and the five.today personal productivity app. I love open source, technology, and economics.