Does that affect how much jobs pay?
Nothing against perl or to offend you also cannot comment in general if it affects everyone but it does affect me.
I started my career as a perl developer and have been coding in perl for last 6 years in a offshore development company. I enjoy working with perl and find it better than many other languages which I learned in past.
Only issue comes, when I look out for opportunities available in market.
Most opportunities are where its good to have, as it helps team on deployment and automation testing. Remaining are on maintenance and level 3 support.
I don't see many opportunities in pure perl development unless I decide to move out of my home country.
So here are options for me:
- Change my primary technology from perl to java/.net/.... (which is not easy in this part of world, if you are a perl developer today you are a perl developer forever.
- Move to Level 3 support. (which is not my interest area.)
- Move to some other country where opportunities are better than here. (Once again not an easy task)
- Stay with the (very) limited opportunity any be satisfied with whatever it pays even if its not at par with rest of the market.
(Which i have been doing for a while now)
In short it does affect (at least) me. No matter how much I like perl, sometimes I feel I should have not started my career with perl development. Probably learning it as a helping utility/language would have done better for my career
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