How to Make 6 Figures as a Software Engineer and Still be Bad at Math

Think math skills are a requirement?

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Sorry, teachers, you were wrong about having to be good at math.

I remember being told in high school that I had to be good at math to work with computers (something I wanted to do…I just didn’t have the details). If I am remembering my youth correctly, being good at arithmetic and then at mathematics was a strong theme throughout my entire schooling.

But isn’t programming just math?

Math and programming aren’t as tightly coupled as you might think. Sure, there are lots of crossovers, and even most computer science programs are taught from a very math-centric perspective.

My entire career has been without math skills.

I was never good at any mathematics, and even arithmetic concepts like long division and complex fraction problems evaded my understanding all through school.

There is a small caveat…

Some programming jobs need strong math skills. Off the top of my head, I can think of two: data science (statistics, and I think logarithms…whatever those are), and 3d game programming (physics, 3d math, and all that fancy stuff).

Can you make 6 figures as a software engineer?

Of course, you can make $100,000 or more as a software engineer, as long as you’re living in the right place and have marketable skills. I’ve been in the 6 figure club for about three years now, and I know several developers who have been in it a lot longer.

Technology professional in Hollywood, so naturally I also make terrible short films and tech videos.

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