All the very 'programmer' reasons I've taken a pay cut for a programming job

Working as a programmer is great work if you can get it, and there are usually plenty of opportunities out there. So why would someone want to take a pay cut to go to a new job, especially when that is one of the most common ways programmers can get a raise?

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You said, "Programmers have the work they do, but also the industry they work inside of. "
Can you clarify that?

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A dev has to not only know the code/language, but the “business rules” of the industry they’re writing code for. For example, in fintech you probably need to understand how the stock market works.

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