I've been programming for 25 years or more, and working in the same
place for about 10 years now, and am considering a change of scenery.
My current job is comfortable, full-time, but rather dull at times.
It's developing DNS software that is used by 85% of the internet, so
it's at least fulfilling in that way. :)

I'm exploring the idea of seeking a Rails position in the not to
distant future to do some things in a language I love, Ruby. However,
I don't want to make that leap blindly.

What is the Rails job market like out there? Is it mostly consulting
or are there full time gigs to be had? Mostly startups or are there
plenty of chances at an established company?

I have no personal experience doing consulting, but I suspect I could
learn that side of things easily enough, and get good at it over time.
It seems to be all about selecting the right clients, and before
that, finding the right clients. I know I've boiled down a very
difficult problem into a few words. :)

Any advice for a would-be Rails expert in training?

--Michael

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  • Philip Hallstrom at Feb 17, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I've been programming for 25 years or more, and working in the same
    place for about 10 years now, and am considering a change of scenery.
    My current job is comfortable, full-time, but rather dull at times.
    It's developing DNS software that is used by 85% of the internet, so
    it's at least fulfilling in that way. :)

    I'm exploring the idea of seeking a Rails position in the not to
    distant future to do some things in a language I love, Ruby. However,
    I don't want to make that leap blindly.

    What is the Rails job market like out there? Is it mostly consulting
    or are there full time gigs to be had? Mostly startups or are there
    plenty of chances at an established company?

    I have no personal experience doing consulting, but I suspect I could
    learn that side of things easily enough, and get good at it over time.
    It seems to be all about selecting the right clients, and before
    that, finding the right clients. I know I've boiled down a very
    difficult problem into a few words. :)

    Any advice for a would-be Rails expert in training?
    Check out jobs.rubynow.com and the ruby github job postings to get a feel...

    There's a lot out there... more if you're willing to relocate, less if you're not...

    -philip

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  • Muriel M. at Feb 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm
    Michael,

    I'm currently working with three clients who are looking for full-time,
    onsite developers in New York, Connecticut and Chicago. Please feel
    free to contact me if you'd like more information.

    Muriel Mayberry
    Mayberry Recruiting

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