in reply to Is Perl a good career move?

If you knew a recent graduate, who knew a little Perl and a little Java, which career path would you suggest they take?

I'd suggest they treat Perl and Java only as skills. A career path generally involves a field or specialization where one learns about the field and the skills needed to work well.

With all the outsourcing in the US as well as changing industry, try to choose a field that isn't going away quickly. This isn't easy. Two years ago, I chose to get out of writing generic java applications and develop skills in bioinformatics. Perl is still a favorite tool in bioinformatics, and life sciences in general seem to be growing in the United States. The pharma and health industry seem to be doing well, so as a career path they might be good.

This doesn't mean being a java developer in any field is a bad choice. I'm only saying that given my location, the work I enjoy, and the options I had, bioinformatics looked best. Careers tend to make sharp turns now and then, but if one can find work that lets one make a living and enjoy their job, life is good.

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Re^2: Is Perl a good career move?
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 04, 2008 at 23:01 UTC
    Thanks for the response 'bwelch', but would be great if you could shed some lights on future of Perl language as compared to other technologies ( skills ), I have heard of few of the limitations about Emb Perl in terms of supporting larger systems, so i am a little anxious to know where Perl wud lie in the software world down the line.I had a choice of selecting between Java and Perl, I opted Perl, was it a correct move? I am a big fan of Perl..