Hey guys, so I'm a college student right now but I've been passionate about the web and web development for probably 4 years (which is almost 20% of my life!). I finally got around to learning a bit of html/css/php thanks to the lovely lynda membership that I get for free here at school. I'm going for a degree in CS (minor in MIS) and debating a masters in IS (although probably too eager to begin). My question is, how hard is it to make it out there in the real world as a web developer/is a masters even worth it? I really enjoy websites and can't wait until I can full on make them from scratch. Money isn't my goal at all (as many have pointed this just asks for a poor developer) but it would be nice to be higher up in the food chain. I know with practice I can get better than a lot of people and that's my goal. I honestly love learning and getting better and I think that will help me. I think I'm going to apply for an internship next summer or perhaps the one after that. I may even just straight up apply for the job if I think I fit the criteria. Before I graduate I'm definitely going to have a nice profile as I have tons of time before to prepare. I also want to have a good number of personal projects that I can hopefully make some side money off.
Answer anything you want, jump around, whatever! Hope I haven't bored you too much.
1. How hard is it to get a job in web dev?
2. Will this area continue to grow?
3. Is a masters worth it?
4. Is it hard to live off your own projects?
5. I heard some companies have a contract where basically you can't do any side work and anything you do, they basically automatically own?
6. Any tips/comments.