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Question answered in Quora - Do programmers with degrees in petroleum engineering make a lot of mone

If you write great programs, programs that are accurate, that are bug free, that exactly do what the requirements specification clearly specify, Yes you can make a lot of money.

Once you enter the world of programming, where you came from doesn't matter. As long as you are a good coder, and you consistently deliver great code that works perfectly to the requirements specification, without bugs, programs that are easy to maintain, then you can make a lot of money.

But let us say you want to leverage your Petroleum Engg back ground as well, then you could code in a area where your coding skills will eventually help you get into learning the Petroleum business and with the combined Petroleum business knowledge and programming knowledge you could make even more money, especially if you get into a consulting type of role, where a customer could pay you $100 to $200 per hour, let us say for example Implementing complicated SAP modules for petroleum clients. Or if you are smart you could even extend it further, now you know the petroleum business, and you also know programming, you see several technology changes that are happening and you also see a major problem in all these companies that deal in this petroleum business, you could come up with a product that solves that major problem and make millions or even sell that company for millions to another big company.

So these are different ways how you can make a lot money with your programming skills and petroleum egg background.

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Puga Sankara is the co-founder of Smart Gladiator LLC. Smart Gladiator designs, builds, and delivers market-leading mobile technology consisting of Smart Gladiator Wearable Scanguns, Tablets, Mobile Tech & Apps for retailers, distributors, and 3PL service providers. So far, Smart Gladiator Wearables have been used to ship, receive, and scan more than 100 million boxes. Users love them for the lightweight, easy-to-use soft overlay keyboard, texting&video chatting ability, data collection ability etc. Puga is a supply chain technology professional with more than 17 years of experience in deploying capabilities in the logistics and supply chain domain. His prior roles involved managing complicated mission-critical programs driving revenue numbers, rolling out a multitude of capabilities involving more than a dozen systems, and managing a team of 30 to 50 personnel across multiple disciplines and departments in large corporations such as Hewlett Packard. He has deployed WMS for more than 30 distribution centers in his role as a senior manager with Manhattan Associates. He has also performed process analysis walk-throughs for more than 50 distribution centers for WMS process design and performance analysis review, optimizing processes for better productivity and visibility through the supply chain. Size of these DCs varied from 150,000 to 1.2 million SQFT. Puga Sankara has an MBA from Georgia Tech. He can be reached at or visit the company at Also follow him at

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