Dear What Am I Worth,
I’m a junior in college in California and considering moving to New Zealand for a while to spend time with my family there.
I’m working toward a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and am considering finishing school in New Zealand. I have worked for several internet consulting companies including the Los Angeles office of marchFIRST [now in liquidation] and the Santa Barbara office of e-wave. While working for these companies I’ve worked with several teams of 15-plus people on websites ranging from $US30,000 to $US1 million. I have also designed and integrated some sites myself: www.thelink-search.com and www.janusetcie.com.
I’m not very familiar with the New Zealand job market (I haven’t lived there since I was 12 years old ... I am now 22). Is there much of a market for computer programmers and web developers?
Here I’m worth about $US45,000 (this is what I was paid at my last job for QA and development), but programmers are making $US60,000 to $US90,000 with computer science degrees.
Spherion Recruitment replies: The demand for web developers has dropped dramatically over the past six months and there is a better market for programmers.
Your Java experience should be of assistance here. New graduates with good results initially earn $30,000 to $35,000 a year. If you are studying here, your best option would be to get a contract job which you can work around your course commitments and earn $25 to $40 an hour.