Programming is romanticized far too much.
Brennan Kenneth Brown

Totally agree with you Brennan. I work in healthcare data analytics (so not exactly programming but similar enough) and have had a ton of co-workers over the last 10 years in this field. More than struggling with the difficulty of the work, I find that the biggest problem people have is that they just find the work insanely boring and non-engaging and healthcare in particular unsexy as hell. Personally I love that I essentially spend all day figuring out logic problems and connecting them to real world business problems and healthcare is so insanely complicated that there’s always more subject expertise to be gained (which is just as important in data analysis as technical chops). The compensation is great and the job security (thanks to so few people being interested) about as good as it gets. It’s good to be in a “boring” field!