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Robert Polacheck
Robert Polacheck
500 Points

Job Prospects

Hello everyone,

I am new to this site and recently I've become interesting in programming. I have two master's degrees, none of which are in coding. Most of what I do is code for programs in SAS and STATA which are statistical software packages and then analyze that data and create reports. How realistic is it that I would find a job in programming without a specific CIS degree using this site? What advice does anyone have for someone looking to make a lateral shift? I don't mind starting from nothing, I really enjoy coding. Thank you. Let me know if you need more info.

4 Answers

The Treehouse Job Board is relatively new, but that is a place to start.

Here are some other great job boards:

https://news.ycombinator.com/jobs

http://careers.stackoverflow.com/jobs?a=144

http://www.krop.com/#!/

You can find a lot of these with a Google search: For example, if you are a web developer, a search for "Web Developer Job Boards" should yield a lot of results.

Steve Linn
Steve Linn
11,841 Points

Absolutely, These classes are good skill builders and help you learn the fundementals of many different parts of web/app development. I find that the classes give good basics, however they are not a complete solution (nor are they meant to be). The only area that I would caution you on is compensation. If you have a double masters degree and can demand a high salary in your field, you may find a discrepency in pay rate as an entry level or mid-level developer.

Robert Polacheck
Robert Polacheck
500 Points

Thank you for your reply Taylor, I will bookmark those sites. Steve-you stated that these classes are not complete solutions. What would you suggest doing in order to ensure that I have a complete understanding of web development so that I can get hired? Salary is not an issue, I would take a cut in order to do what I love doing.

Steve Linn
Steve Linn
11,841 Points

depends on your employers needs really. They may want you to specialize in php, Wordpress or Joomla. So If you are going to work for someone I would just check their requirements. You could even check job boards now and see what people want you to know, or just contact some employers (hiring managers) and ask them.

You'll NEVER completely know everything in web development so I would focus on the stuff that is most marketable or needed.

I had a customer ask me if I can fix his ColdFusion site…heck no. I don't know anything about CFM…don't want to.

Generally speaking - Treehouse is awesome stuff. BUT, even if you took the HTML & CSS classes you still likely want to learn bootstrap. Or if you took JavaScript & jQuery - you still would want to lean about all the cool plugins out there that will make your life awesome.

Good luck and cheers