Sure, it's our cornerstone but there are so many alternative paths. Same thing for the mathematician/physicist.
My school pushed everyone in math and mathematically inclined CS students towards computational finance/HFT hard. I wanted nothing to do with it, but a good chunk of my classmates did, and then 2007/8 happened and now I know some very well educated locksmiths, electricians and plumbers who never want to look at a graph again. Selling your soul can bite you.