Post # 1
I’m currently about 1 year and a half away from my Bachelor’s in Psychology. I had originally planned to continue on to a PhD in Clinical Psych, but with getting married, moving, and wanting a family, that may not happen. I’m thinking of maybe getting certifications (but not a degree) in IT from a local technical college. I’ve been working in computer and software industries for the past 4 years, so I’m good with computers and think I could do it.
Has anyone else gone the IT road? Do you know anything about degrees vs certifications or job availability/salary?
Post # 3
I am in IT and I say go for it. You can always find a good paying job in IT. I think certifications are good if you want to specialize, but they do slightly limit your job options. With an IT degree you can go in any direction you want within the field, and get a breadth of experience. One thing to note…you may find in general that contracting jobs are more abundant han permanent positions ight now with such instability in the economy.
Post # 4
I’m an IT major, and I say go for the certfication! Employers don’t care nearly as much about a degree as they do about certifications.
Post # 5
Fiance is in IT. He only has certifications and makes over twice what I make with a bachelor’s degree. I say go for it!
Post # 6
I have a computer science degree and I say – go for it. The pay is great and there are always jobs. Make sure you enjoy computers, not just tolerate them. It can be a… not quite lonely… but definitely solitary field if you’re not very careful. Good luck!
Post # 7
Working in IT but not in the technical part — company is actually a reseller
Post # 8
My husband works in healthcare IT. He has a 4 year degree in computer engineering, though, not just certifications from a 2-year school. He makes 6 figures, but i’m not sure how that would translate to a job with only certs? I bet there’s forums online that would help you figure that out, though!
Post # 9
Me and Fiance are working in IT, and it’s awesome. I am going currently undergoing specialization and Fiance just got promoted. I’ld say go for it! It’s super fun. I don’t know in the US, but where I am from IT has really good money in it, but it also depends in what field you want to specialize in 😀
Post # 10
I graduated with an Information Systems degree and currently work in IT. I love computers, have always found jobs, and get paid pretty well. I don’t currently have any certifications.
Although, depending on which part of IT you’re in, you could be working long hours, nights, weekends, and be on-call. That’s the part that sucks. For example, last week I worked Wednesday night from 9-1am, Friday night from 9:30-10:30pm, and Saturday morning from 8:30-12:00pm, in addition to my normal hours.
Post # 11
@misabell: I’m in IT and my manager and CIO prefer certifications over MBA’s. They’re faster, cheaper, and more targetted. It sounds like they are a better return on your investment. Good luck!