| ||Ask HN: What happens to older developers?|
554 points by JeffJenkins on Mar 10, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 358 comments |
|I started wondering about this in the recent STEM thread. As someone now in their early 30s I'm starting to wonder what the mid-late career as a software developer looks like.|
Do you have to go into management to continue progressing upwards in pay and influence? I know this isn't the case at some companies (e.g. Google), but is it rare or common to progress as an individual contributor?
Is there a plateau in pay? Is there a drop in pay switching jobs after a certain number of years experience because places are looking for 5+ instead of 20+?
Are older devs not looking for new jobs because they have families and want more stability/are focussed elsewhere?
Is becoming a specialist rather than a generalist the answer?
And lastly: if you're in your late 30s, 40s, 50s, what are you doing at your job? What are the older people in your workplace doing?
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