Is high tech a better career than being an NP? It depends. Having spent 20 years in high tech, and advancing from programming to executive, and working for some of the best companies, I am open to questions.
Advantages of high tech
1. Potential for really big bucks for a lucky few
2. Technology changes all the time, so you are always learning new things
3. Great for adrenaline junkies
4. May get to travel a lot, if you like that
5. Many jobs allow you to work at home full time or part time
6. Many jobs with flexible hours - as long as you get the job done
7. Can be very social - team work is essential
Disadvantages of high tech
1. You may have to travel A LOT
2. Brutal hours - 70-80 hours a week common and you are on salary - NO overtime pay. People who leave work on time are very much frowned upon.
3. Technology changes all the time and you always have to stay ahead of the curve or you are OUT
4. You are expected to be on call 24/7 and accessible 24/7. Many high tech workers are on virtual teams with people from around the globe, so that means you are expected to do teleconferences at 10 pm and 5 am, sometimes on the same day! You are expected to always be available by phone/text and to check those messages all the time, even on weekends and holidays.
5. Yes, you can make big bucks, but always worry about your job being given to foreign outsourcing or an H1B1 Visa holder who will do it for 1/2 to 3/4 of your pay
6. No job security - companies lay people off all the time even when the company is doing well
7. Many very abusive environments where nothing you do is ever good enough - do Google searches on the environment at Amazon
8. All those company perks like free food? That's because they never want you to leave the office! That way you can work longer hours!
9. You will likely have to live in a tech hub city and they are all very expensive. $100K is considered poverty in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area.
10. Lots of internal politics and I mean 50% of your time or more dealing with this.
11. You often work so much your only social life is with people at work and after work.