Here is an interesting comparison from an article noted at Raph Koster's blog. The author contrasts game developers to web developers. Note the bias is "game developers good - web developers crappy" but note where the distinctions are made and ask which companies and projects you would rather do if the choice is yours.
Of course, unless you have worked hard to develop the right skills, the choice isn't yours, but then ask yourself what you have to do to get hired in one of these industries if chops are readily found. In other words in an economy where investments begin to shrink and the time to profit is under more and more pressure, how do you fit in?