This is an article I'm posting just for fun. We'll get back to bootstrap startup advice next time.
I ran across a spreadsheet I made in 2000, when I was just figuring out what skills I would need to become a professional web programmer and get paid the big bucks. I had pored over numerous job postings on Dice.com, and from that I created this data:
Here's the raw data (bold items are graphed):
C++ at the time had 35, and is not included because it wasn't necessarily web-focused. And HTML is not included because I already knew it.
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Glad I ended up on the West Coast, which at the time was the money spot.
For those curious, my first professional gig (after a good year and a half of studying web programming) was for a company just south of Seattle, and the pay was $50,000 per year. Not bad for entry-level, 9 years ago.
Hope you enjoyed this little jaunt in the time machine.