After reading this chapter, you can see that careers in information technology still offer tremendous opportunity. However, it is critical that you position yourself as a value-add to your organization. It is not enough to be technically proficient; you must master the entire skill set.
It is also important that you compare your career and future potential in light of other professions and the time needed to build a similarly profitable career. Do not buy into the "get 20 weeks of training and you'll be at the earning's pinnacle" mentality. This will lead to discouragement and bitterness.
View your technology career in the same way you would any career—for its long-term potential and personal satisfaction.