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I say get the degree only if you want it mostly for reasons other than a career. The ceiling isn't low; there's plenty of jobs for developers without a degree, paying just as much. If you're making $35K now as others here say, you could soon be making $80K+ if you apply yourself. (A hiring manager told me he'd pay $85K for someone 6 months out of high school if they had 6 months home practice developing in IOS for the iPhone.)

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