Is anyone in the IT field? Or SO in the IT field?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@jesssamesssa:  My husband does network/LAN/VOIP stuff.  I think it’s Cisco certifications.  He tried to explain it to me and it just went right over my head lol.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

FI worked in IT at his university while he was getting his Master’s degree (in computer science). He worked like 30-35 hours a week, so not fully full-time, but I think he made like $20+ an hour. He primarily worked in desktop support, but since he was basically in charge of 4-6 other student employees in the department, he did a bit of everything. He was getting his MS in CS and all of his non-student colleagues had Master’s degrees in network engineering or computer science or something like that. 

He loved it. They actually offered him a full-time job doing more complex IT stuff at like 55K a year, but he left to go to law school.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I am!

I work in Project Management and make decent money (hopefully really good if I get this new job). I work for an IT consulting company that provides many different levels of support. 

In IT expereince is just as or even more important than certifications. I have no formal technical background but lots of experience and knowledge. I have formal project management education and a CAPM certification. 

Here’s a general idea on salaries (Toronto, Canada)

Tier 1 Support – $35-45K (basic desktop support)

Tier 2 Support – $45-55K (desktop and intermediate server support)

Tier 3 Support – $55-70K (full knowledge of server and networking technology)

Enterprise Consultants – $75K+ (can do just about anything I give them)

Project Management – $60-80K

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@jesssamesssa:  PS my depgree is in Religion and Culture, I started off in Psych. IT just happened to be a hobby of mine and I started doing it when I was an office admin.

If you like IT another channel to look at is procurement. That’s where I started and I know someone that does recruiting for IT supply chain type jobs and that is serious money.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@jesssamesssa:  He makes about $50k, plus quarterly bonuses (usually $400-$500 each quarter).  However, his job comes with really nice benefits (i.e. great healthcare including dental and vision, 100% contribution match for 401k, etc).  Not sure if this is true for all networking jobs though.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jesssamesssa:  My FI is a project manager for IT at a bank. I know he has some certifications, but I couldn’t tell you what they are called. He makes about 55k right now, but if he got more certifications he’d make WAY more. He can’t really afford to get them right now while we are paying for the wedding. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I work for an IT solutions company. I just do the admin but its basically unified communications, managed services the engineers deal with network, LAN, VOIP. They have their Cisco qualifications, CCNA, CCNP

 

Im in the uk and their salary is depending on whether they are level 1,2 or 3. Level 1 get about 25k and level 3 upwards on 45k

then you have CCIE (Cisco Expert), that starts from 50 (junior) all the way of up to about 80 / 90k depending on where and who you work for

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@jesssamesssa:  If it’s something you’re passionate about and you catch on quickly I could totally see you working your way up! 

Depending on where you want to focus there are lots of different certifications. Some are vendor specific – ie. CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Administrator) but in networking this would translate well to other switch brands.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@jesssamesssa:  My husband is in IT. He has an associates in Networking and a few certifications (though I can’t tell you what they are because I don’t remember.. Usually when he talks computers it goes in one ear and out the other lol). He’s only been in the field for 2 years and went from making 25k to 55k already and is getting looked at by three different departments who want to promote him again. 

I do want to say however that he is one of those weirdos who like thrives on learning new things with his job and he absolutely loves it and that’s why he has done so well with only an associates. So I would only compare your possible success with his so much because he works unusually hard.

And be prepared to work nights and/or weekends when things go wrong and crash lol

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