I have an Masters in Engineering from US. I work in a state govt firm, a very relaxed and stable job, no tensions. My spouse is in a good position in his software firm and makes a better pay than me. We are married 5 years now. Last year we had our baby and we bought our first home in Bay Area. Then started all the hardships. The mortgages are high and the day care etc is expensive it feels like our hands are tied all together. Things won't go smooth with out both the pay checks in the bank every month and by the end of the month, there are no savings! It's like - money comes and money goes. We have some credit card payments, car payments along with our regular bills. Apart from that, time to time, we help parents and siblings from both sides. Since we have a GC, We are trying to do other stuff like recruiting etc (which needs lot of efforts by the way). But with our regular jobs, we are not able to do anything else. My husband says that if I move to software and make more money - atleast $2000 more per month, he can leave his job and either go for contracting or spend more time on consulting and make money. So, the only thing right now is for me to move to software industry. Being worked 5 years as a project manager in my engineering firm and being studied here in US, I am very comfortable and confident working anywhere here. And since I have a Green Card, I don't need any sponsership etc. My only problem is - Software...where do I start? *Testing - everyone is looking for jobs in testing and I am looking for a long term and strong platform. I am learning C#, but it doesn't totally give me an idea where I should go. I heard Informatica is good. I heard Share Point is good. I know I have to learn atleast one database - may be pl/sql, Oracle etc.. Where should I go? what should I do? I am hoping I can get a job based on my work experience and confidence and personal skills. But which platform?? this dilemma is taking me no where and it is straining my personal life along with my finances. We need to make changes in our situation ASAP since it has'nt been working for us since last year - But I am blanked out about what to do. What do you think, I should do?