In the tweet, he mentioned only one person on the Facebook React team has a CS degree. As the author of a book called The Self-Taught Programmer, I am always fighting against the myth that you can’t get hired without a computer science degree. I try to point out examples that contradict this limiting belief as often as I can. And this example is mind-blowing.
Facebook is one of the hardest companies to get a job as a software engineer at in the world. Facebook rewards the engineers that pass their rigorous technical interview handsomely. According to Glassdoor, total compensation for a Facebook software engineer is 194,650 dollars a year.
React is one of Facebook’s most high profile projects. That you can get hired as a self-taught programmer at Facebook (and on the Facebook React team no less) should be inspirational to everyone out there teaching themselves to program. The Facebook React team is one of the most prestigious engineering teams at Facebook and self-taught programmers run it. This example should dispel the myth that you need a computer science degree to program professionally. Or that you won’t be able to work at a top company without one, once and for all.
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