I am 40 years old. Is it too late to start a career in software development?

I am 40 years old. Is it too late to start a career in software development?


This sounds like a fantastic plan!


I just turned 48. I drive a truck for a living. The thing is, time will pass regardless of your activities, so if you can watch a year go by or use that year to learn web development, why not have something to show for it?
Best of luck!


Just turned 74 and completed Front End Certification. Never too old. Do not think I will be looking for a job but there are other ways to help the community. If I was an employer working on a long term project, I would settle for a more mature person who would, more likely, stick around to see the project through.

Edit: I hope it’s OK to add a link to my little story


Sorry but at 40 years old you are too old.
Thanks God I am only 39 years and 362 days old!!! (true case)


Hey @jaytsecan, I went to Hack Reactor (coding bootcamp) and finished in August. Our cohort had 3 guys that where 40 years old. They were the coolest individuals I met over there. My advice is to study smart and be resourceful with your time. It’s definitely possible! Good Luck to you. I play music as a hobby and come to find that web/software development is a craft, just like being a musician.



43 here and making the switch. I left Web Design about 10 years ago to pursue other interests. However, I’m finding that my current job has pretty much plateaued, there’s no “up” to work toward, and what I’m doing now is what I’ll be doing in 5, or even 10 years, with maybe a slightly larger paycheck. To see my future there, I need only look across the room at people who’ve been there for almost 20 years, doing the same thing they did when they started, with nowhere to go. That’s not the future I want, nor see myself in.

I realize I’ve out-grown my current job, and am capable of much more than I’m doing right now. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but it struck me recently that I’m 40-something, am not getting any younger, and need to make it happen “now”, rather than burning even more time thinking about it. So here I am.

I’ve decided to return to the Web world, but as a Front-End developer this time, rather than Design.

I’ve considered the “ageism” angle, as well. But at the same time, I realized that my work should speak for me, not my age. Also, as others have noted, with age comes experience, wisdom and perspective that a younger, more reckless and “energetic” me wouldn’t have had. I’m more grounded and focused now than I was when I was younger, and I feel that can be a huge benefit to a company.

And frankly, a company that wouldn’t hire me based on my age, and not my demonstrable knowledge/skills is probably not the kind I’d want to work for anyway.

So for me, it’s a non-issue. What nibbles at my thoughts is, while I know it’s a ways off, yet, “when will I know I’m ready to start looking for work and can realistically expect to be hired?”


You are never too old to code, and it is never to late to learn how to code!


I’m 39 today, am in early stages of FCC. My plan is to do a few projects for friends, work through the syllabus and have a job in webdev by the time I’m 40!


I’m almost 38. My background is Telecom. I really would like to start a career in software development too. I also have that sensation that’s too late. It’s nice to know there are so many people in the same situation :slight_smile:


I just started a LinkedIn group called, “It’s Never Too Late for Code.” Its focus is older, um more mature developers.

Here’s the link:

I just started the group a few hours ago.


Thanks! I just submitted a request to join the group.


Ok, sorry, but I’m not so familiar with LinkedIn–what’s the expected benefit of the group?


It is never to late when you do something you like… So code on… cheers Mchoeti


I am 52 :slight_smile:



I am in the same boat. I would enjoy chatting sometime. I am 48 now. I have been coding on and off since 14, have a PhD in computational chemistry, but can’t really build a big project on my own. I am doing FCC mostly in the summer so I can learn to tackle bigger challenges. I have a job, but we all need a plan B just in case.



it’s never too late to change career to do what you love or what you are passionate about.

  1. Bill Barnett enrolled in the University to study Computer Science at the age of 40.
  2. Pavol Almasi was about to obtain his degree in computer programming at the age of 40.
  3. Derek Langton, a former state trooper, decided to become an IOS developer at 42.
  4. Patricia Ehrhardt’s become a software developer after 40
  5. Sara Powell - too
  6. Tyson Daugherty - another one
  7. Laurie Alaoui joined a web development boot camp as a student at 57 (!).



LinkedIn is basically a website where you can create a profile, network with other professionals, follow companies, and sometimes even view job postings. It’s a tiny bit like facebook, only a bit, no, a lot more professional. Here in the US, one of the first things an employer will do after reviewing your resume is to look at your LinkedIn profile.


Another 40-year old, here. I had serious doubts about starting this so late in life, too. Especially when looking around at all the youngins with long careers ahead of them. But, like others have stated: it’s now or never. If this is something you want to do, go for it! You may find, like I did, that you love it and kick yourself for not doing this sooner.

Please don’t let your age hold you back and happy coding!


Never too late! I am 37 and starting just now… computers (technology in general) and I never get along, but I am giving this a try.


I’m old enough to be your father. Just started software development about 6 years ago. I get a lot of looks at my gray hair but if you do your diligence in learning how to code, people will learn to respect you - even the 20-year old youngsters.