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> If you want a conventionally successful career study law or medicine - professions which take protecting their wages and bargaining power seriously.

I'm not sure what you're talking about here. My impression is that the legal field is glutted, and medicine is under constant pressure to cut costs and follow cookie cutter insurance-approved routines (deskilling?).

The deskilling of computer programming is counter-balanced by an even larger trend--the continual addition of new software frontiers and automation of existing industries.

On top of that, in terms of security, computer programmers are the alpha-dogs of the tech world. In a gloom and doom scenario, we have options. As a programmer I could edge out people with years of experience for positions in QA testing, software automation, technical support, pre-sales engineers, support engineers and other positions. Not that I have to, because software jobs are still plentiful compared to other fields, even in the current recession.

> I'm not sure what you're talking about here.

My take is that doctors and lawyers both have powerful professional associations that limit the supply of new doctors and lawyers by establishing competency standards. The AMA also explicitly caps the number of residency positions available in each hospital.

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