I'm approaching 20 years in IT/Engineering. I do love it with a passion, but I realize the chances of hitting the level of pay I want aren't in the cards for me. I've grown professionally to demand a high salary, but in relation to my business contacts that work at brokerage firms, my annual salary though competitive, is dwarfed by such huge bonus structures offered to traders. I've started thumbing through Series 7 study guides and I'm seriously contemplating diving into trading and making myself marketable for work at a proper firm. I'm fairly young, in my mid 30s and I have no serious obligations. If anyone has any background in trading or has made a similar career transition I'd love to hear about it.