I have some licenses, but I'm not much at sales, so my Broker licenses got me no where at the wirehouse, and couldn't bring in the capital. Same with my commodity license too. Currently I work at an insurance/annuity back office behind a desk all day. It pays the bills, but doesn't build my 401k fast, nor buy the toys. I live a couple hours from Chicago and am enticed by the idea of working for a firm as a C++/java programmer as the $100k-$130k annual income is twice what I make now. Not ready for a prop firm, as I don't want to blow $25k+ of my own money thru the learning curve. ($250k+ income sounds good too, but that probly takes a special breed) I'm in my 30's and 1 more year of school (spring 2009), and I'll have C++/Java under my belt, but won't have the 2-3 years of programming experience most firms are looking for. My question: My goal is to get back into the investment/trading field (away from insurance), and bump my income up to $100k. Will my investment/market knowledge combined with my programming be sufficient to hire on to work along side traders as a C++ programmer? Appreciate quality/helpful replies.