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The pros and cons of being a developer

kethmars
Always learning, always in motion.Creator of developerHabits - a Youtube channel about developer lifestyle, growth mindset and webdev tutorials.
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Hey people!

As developers, it's easy to praise our profession, because, for most of us, we get to do what we love - solve problems through coding.

That said, there can also be negative aspects.

How I see it:

Pros

  • Hobby and work in one
  • Get to work in a field that's praised
  • Get to use my brain
  • IT is part of every industry there is
  • A great community
  • There's always something new to be learned
  • Can use my professional skills for improving personal life
  • Salary's good

Cons

  • Keeping up with new tech can sometimes be overwhelming
  • Long hours behind the computer
  • There's always something new to be learned (I know, it's both good and bad imo)
  • One can easily burn out

So I'd like to ask you:

What do you believe are the pros and cons of being a developer?

Discussion (4)

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Ashwin Hariharan

Here's a few that come to my mind:

Pros:

  1. Low barrier to entry if you're coming via the webdev route
  2. Can potentially work from anywhere you want
  3. No degrees required

Cons:

  1. Fierce competition, you'll have to do a lot to standout from the rest
  2. Interviews are becoming excessively tough
  3. Rarely ever 9-5 job, you most likely end up working throughout the day if you're in a startup
  4. Takes a while to get good salary, depending upon which country you're in.
  5. Highly stressful - leading to burnouts, eye-problems, social isolation, etc.
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Swastik Baranwal

The only con for me is that you cannot meet and spend time with your family and friends.

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jansoriano

Get to use my brain

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Daniel Einars

Pro: Work from home is awesome. I can spend so much time with my doggo.

Con: I'm late to the game and I'm afraid of ageism.

Apart from that, your list pretty much nails it for me.