i was pretty into computers/tech early in high school. never really learned much coding except for html, css, and a tad bit of php. briefly considered it as a carer choice, but i read microserfs and it convinced me not to (0). should reread that book. i actually wish i had pursued it a little more as I think that coupled with how much i like science and I definitely wouldn't mind going into computational biology. i'm in comp bio now and actually really really enjoy it.
I know tons of people that work at Microsoft and love their jobs; they've changed significantly for the better since that book was published and aside from food the perks they give are pretty similar or superior to Google. The field is growing like crazy right now, in profits if not total number of employees, "software is eating the world" and all that. From what my roommate's girlfriend was telling me comp. bio is pretty similar wrt growth.
If you ever decide to jump back into coding and need help getting up to speed or finding somewhere to work, please PM. Tons of people trying to hire and a stats/quantitative background has tons of opportunities these days