David Brooks thinks it is your day job that can make you rich. He suggests avoiding coding = as of 2015 there were nearly eight times as many software developers in this country as there were dentists, but nearly as many dentists in the top one percent as there were software developers. He recommends becoming a surgeon, a lawyer, or a hedge-fund manager.
For what it is worth, an easier path to a brighter future is likely to be found in the trades. Plumbers and electricians can write their own ticket today. Lest you forget, a good sales person is worth their weight in gold.
Brooks's error? It is not what you earn that makes you wealthy, it is what you do with what you earn.