I am now becoming aware that with software engineering ageism is a pretty big factor, in that, being younger is an unfair advantage--all things equal. My general question is: how much is ageism a factor in IT vs. more traditional engineering? Does one generally maneuver into consulting after paying dues.... I'm concerned that by the time I mature professionally I might be older. What is the age in IT (50's?). I know it's illegal, but, I know it is somewhat of a reality. some family (who are in IT) have mentioned it in the past. I don't want to ask them because they are in their 50's lol. Thanks to whoever can provide some insight.