It's been an interesting couple of months, but I've finally accepted a job offer from a local company as a software engineer. I struggled with decisions over possibly changing careers or moving in a different direction, but it looks like this is the path that makes the most sense at this time. Finding a job can be pretty stressful -- not to mention negotiating a salary -- and I'm happy to be done with it. I'm also relieved that the job I accepted lessens some pressure I was feeling over the timing of my PhD completion, and the job is a great opportunity to advance in the engineering profession. I'm excited to get started!
Thanks to everyone for the leads, advice, and prayers.