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Ask HN: What jobs are as high-paying and comfortable as a software developer?

I'm just wondering if there's anywhere to go from here other than slow incremental salary improvements in the same position over the next 30 years. Is there any way to make more money and maintain the work-life balance that a remote software dev has?

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Ask HN: What jobs are as high-paying and comfortable as a software developer?


@cm2012 1 day

Replying to @aerovistae 🎙

There are other high paying career paths but most are parallel to software or worse for the same level of seniority and effort.

To make fundamentally more money, go work at FAANG. To make more than that, become a high paid consultant.

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@ozzythecat 6 hours

Replying to @aerovistae 🎙

If you want a relatively high paying job, I recommend working at a FANG. Depending on the team you’re on, you’ll get to work on some hard problems at massive scale. It’s a great opportunity to learn. Note: this is not true on every team.

The trade off is that these jobs often come with immense stress and a lack of work life balance.

I took the FANG route and even bounced around big tech companies to get bigger pay increases. Financially it worked out extremely well, but emotionally I had to figure out how to deal with constant stress, anxiety, and at some level my job became a significant part of my identity.

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@yuppie_scum 1 day

Replying to @aerovistae 🎙

Write a hit novel or song? Real estate you can do pretty well. Or other forms of sales. Those are the ones that pop to mind that don’t require serious specialized education or licensure.

Other forms of engineering - civil, etc. but that will require a degree. Economics - same deal. Lawyering. But that will require a JD and working your way up the ladder.

Nursing is probably not something you’d consider comfortable but can be very lucrative, especially travel nursing or becoming an NP. But will require you to lift a finger.

If you have the capital - become a landlord.

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