The vast majority of those interested in programming these days try to go into game building
I don't think that's the case. Everywhere I've worked there's been a demand for programmers and a dearth of qualified applicants. The typical explanation I hear is that non-game industry jobs pay better. Though for my (very casual) observation that's only true at the entry level.
Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.