I'm forty something, living in a mid-size city in Kentucky, making money I cannot hope to match again doing applications work in a Medical facility.
I feel useless.
I have 20 years background on the AS/400 - iSeries platform, about 15 years as an RPG 400 programmer. In spite of the enuendo the AS/400 is a fine database-integrated system with a dynamite set of built-in commands, and I feel it gives me a good background in the basic principles / problems of a multi-user system.
There are colleges around here that can update my skill set, but here's the question. Is this profession (programming / development) out-trending to Asia. I read the horror stories, and I suspect that the big companies are going to slaughter on-shore developers during the next recession (shockholder responsibility to make profit and all the normal excuses)
I don't get a view of whether this profession is a losing proposition around here, as there is zero significant IT work occuring in this region.