In what industries is this a career option?
In regards to software engineering as a career, the opportunities are pretty much endless. In a day and age where every industry at the very least has some semblance of an online component, an individual is able to combine their passions with their software engineering skills in selecting exactly the type of career they want to pursue. Whether you are interested in art, architecture, medicine, sports, woodworking, video games, agriculture and so on you can find a software engineering job that allows opportunities in your chosen field.
For example one could have an interest in the medical industry; they could choose to pursue a career in designing websites for a medical company, software that doctors use to communicate with their patients and so forth.
If someone has an idea of an application that they feel the world would benefit from they could manifest their own dream by possessing the skills of a software engineer and create this application themselves. In 2018 there were approximately 4.4 million software developers in North America with the highest population in the world being in the United States. That being said software engineers are still at the top of the list when it comes to being the most in-demand. The reported average salaries in 2015 were anywhere in the range of about $96,000 to $147,000 and that has only gone up. Software engineering as a career truly can provide unlimited opportunities.