While I am new here and this probably isn't the greatest place for a first post, I'm going to give my two cents.
Run, dude, Run for the hills. If you are getting into programming for the money you will be sorely disappointed. You can make a lot more money doing almost anything else. I don't want to sour anybody from the profession as I love it, but if your in it only for the money you wont make much.
If you want to be a programmer ask yourself this question:
Have you ever sat at your computer until 3am trying to solve a coding problem that you were working on "Just to see if you could"?
If the answer is "No", sit and think for a bit.