I really enjoy programming and want to pursue it as a career but it seems my lack of a degree will really hinder me. The main problem is that I live in Connecticut but would like to move down south where there is obviously a lack of programming jobs. I’m 23 right now and don’t have much going for me.
My community college offers two-year degrees in CS and certifications in object-oriented programming. Should I just bite the bullet and apply? I would hate having to live in New England for another two years but I don’t think even a good portfolio will be able to get me a job in somewhere like Arkansas or Missouri.
Also, as just a quick second question, do you believe that even a two-year degree will be enough for me to get a job in a lesser-populated area? I don’t necessarily mean the absolute middle-of-nowhere, but a slightly more populated city like Little Rock or Springfield. I’m not sure if anyone here is from that area, but I feel like with such a lack of developers they will only take the people who have the most expansive education.
Thank you for reading, and I wish you all luck on your continued learning!