I took a small pay cut because I was tired of working all day to make other people more money, and I wanted to work on something remotely important.
So now I work in an academic lab, writing code for computerized tests that help to identify early warning signs of schizophrenia, especially in children. And that part's great.
The part that isn't great is that a lot of academics are almost astoundingly tech unsavvy and think software is just this magical thing that materializes in two weeks, regardless of scope or complexity, so every week I have to explain that writing good, secure software takes time, and that "here's a prototype" doesn't mean "here's a completed piece of software ready for end-users." Sigh.
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