The DaniWeb IT forum offers proof that, for at least one skilled professional, prostitution is a better way to pay the bills than programming:
Dr Magnanti is a developmental neurotoxicology and cancer epidemiology specialist, and turned to prostitution in 2003 when she was having money troubles during the final stages of her PhD thesis. The 34 year old told the Sunday Times that she has no regrets and that while she “did have another job at one point, as a computer programmer” she kept up with the prostitution as “it was so much more enjoyable”.
For those of us who’ve always fantasized about the fat paychecks heading back to the IT department, this is really a bit of a disappointment. There are photos of Dr. Magnanti at the Sunday Times link.
I suppose the really annoying part is that she’s also a decent writer.