This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
That's my main question. I currently am a Registered Respiratory Therapist. However, I LOVE programming. I took a class in college for my Chemical Engineering and have dealt with PHP quite a bit running a BBRPG for almost 4 years. No formal training, no certifications (yet). I am considering going to WGU for Software Development. I want to work from home most of the time and maybe travel every now and then. I have a farm and want to be able to stay at home most of the time and work as an RRT one to two days a week. I am able to learn independently easily for the most part.
Are there many entry level jobs available remotely any more? If so, which language would be the best to focus on? I would definitely be interested in mobile development but I have used Unreal Engine some and have enjoyed game design, as well... so many choices!
Most entry level jobs are in person because entry level developers need more coaching. Also, most entry level jobs expect you to be available to work full time. (not working at something else 1-2 days a week and running a farm.)
A lot of the remote jobs that don't require experience are "go to the lowest bidder" which favors certain countries. (Not the US.) That said, you have a skill that most entry level programmers do not have. You have "domain experience." This might make it easier to work remotely. I'm not sure.
Looking for part time work might be most promising. Like developing medical apps.