If likely, how can a person prove their skills to prospective employers? If not, which degrees are most desirable?
How likely is it in today's market would it be for a self taught coder to get a position compared to the past?
Definitely, especially at smaller companies and startups. Working on side projects, even small ones, is usually enough. Showing interest in the art form goes a long way, even when there are holes in your knowledge. Computer science and logic backgrounds are still desirable, however.
That's great to hear, which types of coding do you think will open up the most doors for me? I have read that some banks still use archaic languages and pay top dollar for those who can code them, but maybe I should focus on more commonly needed languages?
Would a person who is self-taught and eventually gets a job at a smaller company and startup. Would the experience from that be enough to raise the likelihood of a job at a larger, more established traditional firm? Or would they be better off getting a formal education elsewhere along with the job experience.