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My Predicament

James Hambrick
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Joined: Sep 04, 2004
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I also have a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems as many people here do. I graduated DeVry in March 2002 with plenty of aspirations of getting a great job, as I was told by Devry that I would. I have quit programming for the last year and have been thinking about switching careers. I researched actuaries as a second career choice, also with my job I have now I have been exposed to a few engineers and have been thinking about that profession too. I like many people here do not want to go back to college after just graduating because of a fear of deja vu. When I graduated college I wanted to get a job at Sun programing Java for Unix, or somewhere else with Linux. I have been looking into getting a Java cert, but seems that it will not anyone get a job either because of the horrible economy. As far as an actuary I would have to take some Calculus courses and pass one exam, then I would have a heck of alot better chance getting a job. Then again I love working on things and I can usually watch a machine operate at tell how it works. I am a manager right now, but thinking of trying to work my way up to engineer, with an apprenticeship and going back to college. I would only wany to go back to college if I defintely knew that I had a job once i graduated. I am tired of wasting money and trying to predict the future. Any comments?

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Jay Shin
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Joined: May 14, 2004
Posts: 169
I don't know how much an actuary make... I'm in Philadelphia suburb and here the starting salary for an entry-to-junior level Java Developer is about $40,000 - $50,000 per year.

If you already have a stable career being an actuary... I wouldn't take a risk... unless actuaries make a lot less than Java developers...

Entry to Junior level developers will find it harder getting a job in the U.S.
James Hambrick
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Joined: Sep 04, 2004
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I would be considered an entry level developer with only a BS and no work experience. I work in manufacturing as a team leader/manager right now which I do not want to become a career for me. Here in GA actuaries make about $35,000/yr if not more. Better than I make now.
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