I can keep up with that from talking to former managers, former coworkers, my network of local recruiters, recruiters job listings, LinkedIn posts, Indeed job listings, etc.
For example. Let’s say from all over those sources I see the following trends.
Senior consultant positions (in my case AWS). There are relatively few jobs in my local market compared to everything else that pay enough to make me jump ship just for the money. But when they do become open. I’m building my resume and skillset to be qualified for these types of jobs. If I leave my company on my own terms, I can wait until the perfect position opens up. If I need to find a job now I can’t afford to wait and it’s too risky for me to over specialize in an area where local jobs aren’t plentiful.
On that same note, the only reason I am specializing in AWS instead of Azure is because that’s the job I ended up in. Even though the market for AWS is much larger than Azure, the Azure market is more than large enough so it doesn’t matter. GCP on the other hand...
If I take that same mentality to Java, C#, and Go, the same thing applies. Java is more popular in the enterprise, but C# is popular enough that you can quickly find a job, it’s hard to ask for above average compensation just for a developer job since there are plenty of people who can do it “well enough” to develop your bog standard SAAS CRUD app or bespoke internal app. But they pay well enough. The cost of living is relatively low in Atlanta.
On the other hand, I don’t see that many jobs for Go developers locally and when they do appear, the salary is the same as C# and Java. Why specialize in a language where the demand is lower and the compensation is the same - unlike AWS Consulting.
Learning Go would mean I am neither optimizing for salary or for optionality to find a job quickly.
As far as my next career move, I am not sure. Extra money would always be nice, but cloud consulting/enterprise consulting doesn’t excite me. I have a decent work life balance and I enjoy my current stability.
On the other hand, I am getting bored with developing, a change of pace would be nice and increasing my savings and investments wouldn’t hurt.