Would you go back to school or hit the books in order to learn software if your hardware gig fell through?
Do you love what you do, or would you go back to the classroom in order to find a higher paying job in a more secure field?
After all, hardware, as everybody knows, is hard. And the economy has hit manufacturing hard.
Electrical engineers and other hands-on hardware professionals have seen layoff after layoff, while their software brethren only seem to see increased demand and ever higher salaries.
According to the January Dice survey, there is "continuing demand for developers – the closer to the application, the stronger the job market."
With the mobile market burgeoning, Java developers are top of many companies' hiring wish-list. Dice said over one in five of the 77,000 jobs posted on its site contained some mention of the need for java know-how. That's closely followed by other mobile developers, NET professionals and then regular old software developers.
While software development is undoubtedly a skill, it's not one that's impossible to learn, especially not after having already slugged through the hard work required for an electrical engineering degree.
So my question is, do you love your job enough to stick with your field, or would you ever consider retraining to keep your options open? Let me know, I'm curious to hear your responses.