Advice for an aspiring developer

Would you advise a HS student who is thinking about studying CS and becoming a software developer to go down that career path? Find out one developer's answer to this question, and then take the poll to let us know what you think.

If a high school student asked you whether they should study Computer Science in college with the goal of becoming a software developer, what would you say? Justin James, host of TechRepublic's Programming and Development blog, was recently asked this question.

Read Justin's response to the aspiring developer, in which he spells out the good and the bad about the industry and explains why he encourages the teen to go down this path. These are a few of the tips Justin offers:

The comments to Justin's Career Management column show that not everyone agrees with encouraging a high school student to enter this field. What do you think? Let us know by taking this poll.

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Mary Weilage is a Senior Editor for CBS Interactive. She has worked for TechRepublic since 1999.

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