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Three ways how a non-technical person can maximize earning potentials, at least $100K, in Silicon Valley. One of them is to begin writing a ton, and be copywriter for a startup that needs content in their marketing strategy.
Answer by Jonathan Brill, Writer Relations at Quora, on Quora
You can make $100k or more right away in Silicon Valley without an #engineering background. I know this because I was making more than $100k per year in my second job, just out of college with only a couple years work experience — fifteen years ago. So it’s not only possible now, but should be expected, especially by someone in Silicon Valley who has used their time in high school and college to build a marketable skill set and is intent on doing this.
…it’s typical for programmers fresh out of school to get paid less than $100k for their starting jobs, and sometimes for a few years into their mid-twenties.
Also, the pay for programmers and data scientists with equivalent experience was typically not higher than mine, and often was less or much less depending on the kind of company and industry. Contrary to popular belief, it’s typical for programmers fresh out of school to get paid less than $100k for their starting jobs, and sometimes for a few years into their mid-twenties. Like non-technical jobs, it’s really dependent on their skill level and other factors.
The kind of CS grads you hear about getting great offers or making a lot of money right away have typically distinguished themselves early in ways a non-technical person might not recognize. Some obvious ways to do this for programmers or data scientists is to build really neat things, win technical competitions or other academic achievements.
But I’d argue that the money possible for a new CS grad is not more than what’s available to somebody with an MBA or who has achieved comparable distinction with a focus in finance, advertising, or design. Traditionally, the money available to people in finance is really high compared to what anybody could get as a new CS grad, even if they’re coming from an ivy league school, have won some competitions, etc. For MBA’s, it’s not crazy to see $150k-$200k offers right out of the gate. For financial analysts and salespeople on Wall Street, you can get up to the mid-hundreds of thousands after a couple years of building a client base.
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