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.
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