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  1. Member Lenniusce's Avatar
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    Title: SOHO PC Tech
    Description: Occasionally worked on PCs. Mostly a delivery guy
    Company size: 5-25
    How: Parent's Company
    Age: 22-25
    Pay : $10/hr

    Title: Army SMP Cadet
    Description: Made power points for Officers
    How: Contract
    Age: 22-26
    Pay : E-5 + Stipend

    Title: Kisok Tech
    Description: Work on printing kiosks around college campuses
    How: Applied through college career finder
    Age: 25
    Pay : 36,000

    Title: Desktop Support
    Description: Fix computers for AARP aged people
    How: Craigslist
    Age: 26
    Pay : 40K

    Title: Govt IT
    Description: Did nothing.
    How: ClearedConnections
    Age: 27
    Pay : 50K

    Title: IT Specialist
    Description: Did everything.
    How: Recruiter
    Age: 28
    Pay : 60K

    Title: Govt Network Engineer
    Description: Plan networks, configure cisco products in dev lab
    How: Recruiter
    Age: 29 (now)
    Pay : 79K
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    Education: BS Information Systems Security
    Certs: Sec+, CEHv8.

    Title: Multi-Channel Transmission systems operator maintainer.
    Description: Deployed Line of Site communications
    Company size: 250k+
    Who: US Army
    Age: 18-21
    Pay : $9/hr


    Title: Information Technology Specialist.
    Description: Deployed secure and insecure internet to battalions, after Iraq worked at a hospital and served medical records.
    Company size: 250k+
    Who: US Army
    Age: 20-21
    Pay : $9/hr


    Title: Entry Level Network Technician.
    Description: Deployed routers, switches, and VPN devices.
    Company size: <15
    Who: Small Company
    Age: 21-23
    Pay : $15/hr

    Title: Migration Technician.
    Description: Refresh Projects/Rollouts/Windows Upgrades
    Company size: Deployed at Various companies throughout the 3 years as a contractor
    Who: Contractor
    Age: 24-26
    Pay : $18/hr

    Title: Information Security Engineer.
    Description: Penetration Tester
    Company size: <20
    Who: Small Company
    Age: 26-29
    Pay : $19/hr


    Title: Sr. Information Security Analyst
    Description: Vulnerability Management, Penetration Testing
    Company size: 250k+
    Who: Contractor
    Age: 30
    Pay : $28.76/hr
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    #78
    Title: Helpdesk 2007-2009
    Hours/wk: 40+
    Company size: 200+
    Age: 24-26
    Duration: 2 Years
    How: Applied online
    Certs: None
    Education: High School
    Pay : $14hr-16hr

    Title: Computer Professional 2009-2010
    Hours/wk: 40+
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 26-27
    Duration: 1 Years
    How: Applied online
    Certs: A+, Net+, Security+ MCP:XP
    Education: High School
    Pay : $36k-$38k

    Title: Windows System Admin 2011-2013
    Hours/wk: 40+
    Company size: 1200+
    Age: 27-29
    Duration: 2 Years
    How: Applied online
    Certs: A+, Net+, Security+ MCP:XP, MCTS:7, Server+
    Education: High School
    Pay : $45k-$48k

    Title: Windows System Admin II March 2013-June 2013
    Hours/wk: 40+
    Company size: 1200+
    Age: 29-29
    Duration: 3 Months
    How: Promoted
    Certs: A+, Net+, Security+ MCP:XP, MCTS:7, Server+
    Education: High School
    Pay : $52k

    Title: Windows System Engineer June 2013-Jan 2015
    Hours/wk: 40+
    Company size: 1200+
    Age: 29-31
    Duration: 2 Years
    How: Promoted
    Certs: A+, Net+, Security+ MCP:XP, MCTS:7, Server+, MCP 2012, MCS:Hyper-V
    Education: High School
    Pay : $67.5k-$70k

    Title: Windows System Engineer III Jan 2015-Present
    Hours/wk: 40+
    Company size: 1200+
    Age: 31-31
    Duration: 6 Months
    How: Promoted
    Certs: A+, Net+, Security+ MCP:XP, MCTS:7, Server+, MCP 2012, MCS:Hyper-V
    Education: High School
    Pay : $76k-$80k
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    #79
    Title: Computer / Mobile Device Technician
    Description: end user hardware and software support
    Company size: 1k +
    Age: 19
    Pay : $20/hr

    Title: Network Support Specialist
    Description: User support on authentication and connectivity
    Company size: 300+
    Who: University
    Age: 23
    Pay : 46k / benefits
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    #80
    Title: Field Tech
    Hours/wk: 20
    Company size: 500
    Age: 21-22
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Craigslist
    Certs: none
    Education: Going through tech school
    Pay : $9.00


    Title: Jr. Sysadmin
    Hours/wk: 40+
    Company size: 3K+
    Age: 22-23
    Duration: present
    How: recruiter
    Certs: None
    Education: Tech degree in Computer Networking and Security
    Pay : $52K
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    Quote Originally Posted by zxbane View Post
    Long story short, on top of being good at what you do, it pays to know someone! lol
    More money more problems haha
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    I like that F.E.A.R. Files photo, daviddws!
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    #83
    Its amazing to see how people go up and down and climb up
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    #84
    Title: Desktop Support
    Hour/wk: 40 (no on-call)
    Description: Desktop support and systems administration
    Company size: 500+
    Age: 25
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: CCNA, Security+, A+
    Education: BS in progress
    Pay: 37K

    Title: NOC Support
    Hours/wk: 40 (no on-call)
    Description: Network monitoring
    Company size: 150+
    Age: 27
    Duration: <1 year
    How: Contacted by recruiter
    Certs: CCNA, CCNP Route, Security+, A+
    Education: BS in progress
    Pay: 33K

    Title: Jr. Network Engineer
    Hours/wk: 40ish + on-call
    Description: Deploy network equipment, configure devices, provision services
    Company size: 150+
    Age : 27
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Promotion
    Certs: CCNP, JNCIA, CCNA Security, A+/S+/P+
    Education: BS in progress
    Pay: $65K + benefits

    Title: Network Engineer
    Hours/wk: 40ish + on-call
    Description: Network design, project management, lead engineer for certain projects, pre-sales
    Company size: 200+
    Age: 28
    Duration: >1 year
    How : Promotion
    Certs: CCNP, JNCIS-ENT/SEC, CCNA SEC, ACE, S+/P+
    Education: BS on hold
    Pay : 75K + benefits

    Title: Sr. Network Engineer
    Hours/wk: 40 (no on-call)
    Description: Network engineering
    Company size: 60,000+
    Age: 29
    Duration: Starting soon
    How: Contacted by HR
    Certs: CCNP, JNCIS-ENT/SEC, CCNA SEC, ACE, S+/P+
    Education: BS on hold
    Pay: 115K + benefits
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    #85
    Alot of nice info in here. Ive worried about if a lack of college would stop me from getting into IT. But it seems a good deal of you guys are in pretty high paying jobs without it
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    #86
    Title: Computer Operator
    Hours/week: 40-60
    Description: Administration of OpenVMS network, script writing/debugging, process dev, PC (Windows) desktop maintenance
    Age: 18-21
    Certs: OpenVMS Systems Manager
    Pay: $18,000/yr

    Title: Computer Operator
    Hours/week: 40-60
    Description: Administration of mainframe computers, PC maintenance, asset inventory mgmt, LAN admin
    Age: 21-23
    Certs: none relevant
    Pay: $20,000/yr

    Title: Supervisory Sys Admin
    Hours/week: 40-60
    Description: Supervised 3; Administration of MS Exchange, NT4, Solaris, IIS Web, Oracle DBA, Cold Fusion, web dev
    Age: 23-27
    Certs: MCP, NT Server 4.0
    Pay: $24,000/yr + maybe $5,000 from IT consulting biz on the side

    Title: Sr Sys Admin/IT Security Manager
    Hours/week: 40-60
    Description: Managed 5; Windows Server domain admin, security manager, compliance officer, auditor, network engineer, Unix sys admin
    Age: 27-33
    Certs: MCSA, MCSE, MCSE:S, Sec+
    Pay: $32,000 - $58,000/yr

    Title: IT Ops/IT Security Manager
    Hours/week: 40-60
    Description: managed 12; built IT Security program for university; ran IT infrastructure ops/engineering/networking/security
    Age: 33-36
    Certs: MCSA, MCSE, MCSE:S, Sec+
    Pay: $85,000/yr

    Title: Assist Deputy CIO
    Hours/week: 40-60
    Description: Oversaw 300+, proj mgmt, IT strategy, compliance, operations, security
    Age: 36-39
    Certs: MCSA, MCSE, MCSE:S, Sec+, ITILv3
    Pay: $92,000/yr

    Title: IT Consultant
    Hours/week: 40ish (varied a lot)
    Description: Contract work for IT projects
    Age: 39
    Certs: MCSA, MCSE, MCSE:S, Sec+, ITILv3
    Pay: $75/hr

    Title: Sr IT Security Analyst
    Hours/week: 40
    Description: SOC team lead; incident response, vuln mgmt, security audit, malware analysis, security program management
    Age: 40-41
    Certs: MCSA, MCSE, MCSE:S, Sec+, ITILv3, CEH, CISSP
    Pay: $102,000/yr + bonus

    Title: Sr Security Engineer
    Hours/week: 40
    Description: system security engineering, enterprise architecture, incident response, vuln mgmt, security audit, risk analysis
    Age: 41
    Certs: MCSA, MCSE, MCSE:S, Sec+, ITILv3, CEH, CISSP
    Pay: $115,000/yr
    Years experience in IT: 23
    Years experience in infosec: 14
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    #87
    Quote Originally Posted by DWither View Post
    Alot of nice info in here. Ive worried about if a lack of college would stop me from getting into IT. But it seems a good deal of you guys are in pretty high paying jobs without it
    Don't need a degree. It helps but the opportunity cost plus student loan debt make it questionable as a means to get the first job.

    Build a solid work history doing anything (point of it is to prove to be a reliable and hard-working responsible adult and have good employment references) while you get a certification or two for credibility and to get past HR screening of resumes. That will get you an IT job faster than a 4-year degree.

    Higher learning is good for you. So is exercise and a healthy diet. Both make you a better you. Neither are equal to work experience and good references for making you a more attractive hire.

    And don't break the law. Background checks for new hires are here to stay.
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    Title: Help Desk Consultant (1st level)
    Hour/wk: 16-30
    Description: The standard password resets and basic desktop support.
    Company size: Global
    Age: 21-26
    Duration: 4.5 years
    How: Applied and interviewed.
    Certifications: None
    Education: High School
    Pay: $17 - 20.40AUD/h


    Title: Compliance Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Regular scans of systems to check if they comply to the technical specifications policy, then oversee remediation.
    Company size: Global
    Age: 26-29
    Duration: 3 years
    How: Applied and interviewed, but in reality it was because of a recommendation from someone already on the team.
    Certifications: None
    Pay: $60,000AUD


    Title: Compliance Team Leader
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Coordinating the day-to-day and month-to-month work for the team, plus reporting, metrics, etc.
    Company size: Global
    Age: 29-30
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: Timing, the previous guy moved on and I put my hand up for the position.
    Certifications: SSCP
    Pay: $72,000AUD


    Title: Security Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Large scale vulnerability scanning with enterprise products.
    Company size: Global
    Age: 30-
    Duration: Current
    How: Applied and interviewed.
    Certifications: SSCP, CISSP
    Pay: 87,000AUD
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    RHEL,

    This thread seems a good fit for this convo..
    Its old but it might help visualized some career choices a bit.

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    #90
    Title: HelpDesk
    Hour/wk: 20
    Description: College Helpdesk -
    Company size: ~3000
    Age: 17-20
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+
    Education: High School - in college then A.A. Mathematics, Beer
    Pay: $7.38/hr

    Title: Data Entry
    Hour/wk: 36
    Description: Data Entry for coupons
    Company size:
    Age: 21
    Duration: 5 months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+
    Education:
    Pay: $8.25/hour

    Title: POS Systems Installer
    Hour/wk: 50
    Description: Ran around installing new point of sales systems and fixing old ones
    Company size:
    Age: 21
    Duration: 5 months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+
    Education:
    Pay: $15/hour

    Title: Desktop Support
    Hour/wk: 45
    Description: IMAC, Break-Fix, and Executive Support, I learned by failure and success
    Company size:
    Age: 22-30
    Duration: 8 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+
    Education:
    Pay: $22-30/hour


    Title: Desktop Engineer
    Hour/wk: 45-65
    Description: IMAC, Break-Fix, CEO/CFO, etc.. Executive Support, I learned by failure and success
    Company size:
    Age: 30-32
    Duration: 2+ years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+, MCP, MCTS, DCSE, Linux+, VCA, etc.
    Education:
    Pay: Started $34/hour moved to ~115k/yr at the end of 2 years.

    Title: Owner
    Hour/wk: 40-70
    Description: Started my own company in the import/export business and providing IT services
    Company size: 1
    Age: 31-
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Had the balls to do it when everyone said it was a bad idea. I used my own money to finance my idea, created it, had a beer and then it took off.
    Certs: Too many to list now.
    Education: B.A. Mathematics, soon M.S. ISA
    Pay: Revenue in 7 figure territory. Invaluable experience.

    Now: I stopped business and working in 2015 as I am seeking enlightenment over working right now. Job offers in 6 figure realm or lower come in all the time. The job has to be worth my time or for a good cause. Right now travelling Asia for 4 months courtesy of the #1 company in the world, developing #7 arcade game for Blizzard, looking at blockchain technology, investments, and working on Masters of Science in Information Security Assurance. I'm considering law school too.
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    #91
    Wow, @GreaterNinga. You win! LOL
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    Title: Field Tech
    Hour/wk: When Ever
    Description: Geek Squad Type of Job + more (as i was the .
    Company size:
    Age: 18-25
    Duration: 8 years
    How: Knew The Owner
    Certs: NONE
    Education: High School
    Pay: all depended on how many calls i took (1099)


    (contract)
    Title: Tier 1
    Hour/wk: 40 hours per week
    Description: regular tier 1 job ( but because of my previous exp, in a week or so i was the best in the team.
    Company size:45k
    Age: 26
    Duration: 2 years
    How: friend hooked me up
    Certs: NONE
    Education: High School
    Pay: 35k + benefits


    (same company just moved to another team)
    Title: System Admin (Jr SCCM engineer)
    Hour/wk: 40 Hours per week
    Description: Package and deploy applications using sccm 2012 and troubleshooting applications.
    Company size:
    Age: 28
    Duration: 8 years
    How: tier 1 manager hooked me up
    Certs: A+, Cloud+, Linux+, Project+, Security+, CCNA RS, CCNA SEC,
    Education: BS-WGU (1 class left)
    Pay: 52k + benefits

    Planning on moving after i finish my BS. hopefully i will be gone in 3-4 months from now. i am underpaid but my team is very good and manager doesn't care when you come in or what you do as long as you are delivering (completing tasks that are assigned to you)
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    #93
    Title: Jr admin
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Small little job at a small lil company but a decent springboard to other jobs
    Company size: Under 25 people
    Age: 26
    Duration: 1-1.5 years
    How: Luck. The co-owner saw I was interested in computers when I showed up for a customer service position and gave me a dual role. It wasn't much in terms of pay but I got a second job during the graveyard shift to earn my A+, Network+, Security+ and Linux+
    Certs: Started out with none, left with A+, N+, S+ and L+
    Education: High School
    Pay: $12.50/Hour




    Title: Security Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Job at a larger hospital system. It wasn't super exciting but it afforded me time to get my degree done and had tuition reimbursement
    Company size: 5,000+ people
    Age: 27-ish
    Duration: 2.5 years
    How: Started as a contractor and ended as a FTE
    Certs: Started with A+, N+, S+ and L+, Left with MCSE, CCNA and CISSP
    Education: High School to start, BS when I left
    Pay: ~50K




    Title: Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-80 (depending on the week)
    Description: Larger property management company with a LOT of different complex network issues. Definitely trial by fireeeeee
    Age: 29
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Started as a contractor and ended as a FTE
    Certs: Started with A+, N+, S+, L+, MCSE, CCNA and CISSP and left when I had a couple more CCNAs and a CCNP R&S
    Education: BS when I started, MS when I left
    Pay: $110K


    Title: System Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-60 (depending on the week)
    Description: Large fortune 100 company
    Age: 31 when I started (33 now turning 34 this year)
    Duration: 2 years so far
    How: I went to an open house for this company for demoing new products and I hunted down the local manager like a heat sinking missile and got him to interview me If that hadn't have worked, I knew another manager in the company I might have started to have chased after
    Certs: Started with A+, N+, S+, L+, MCSE, a couple CCNAs, CISSP, CCNP R&S and have added a CCNA DC, CCNP DC and CCIE DC. Hoping to add a CCIE Security and CCIE R&S to that in the future
    Education: BS, MS and I'll probably never chase after another degree
    Pay: $180K last year (looking to break $200K this year), great bonuses in general, great benefits, great culture, etc - I honestly don't see myself changing companies in the future since there doesn't appear to be a ceiling I'll be hitting anytime soon with this company.
    Last edited by Iristheangel; 03-02-2016 at 02:03 PM.
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    #94
    Title: Support Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Reset passwords, minor browser troubleshooting
    Age: 30
    Duration: 3 months
    Certs: None
    Education: AS IT
    Pay: $10 an hour

    Title: Desktop Support
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Temp job, migrating XP to 7 for a large company
    Age: 30
    Duration: 3 months
    Certs: None
    Education: AS IT
    Pay: $16 an hour


    Title: Service Desk Technician
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Remote End-user support
    Age: 30
    Duration: 8 months
    Certs: None
    Education: AS IT
    Pay: $16 an hour


    Title: Service Desk Level 2
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Take escalations, Exchange, DNS, firewalls, some end user issues also
    Age: 31
    Duration: 11 Months
    Certs: MTA: OS, S+, N+, CCENT, Project+
    Education: AS IT
    Pay: 45k

    Title: Technical Support Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Desc: Work for VMware supporting various products, mainly View
    Age: 32
    Duration: Current (6 months so far)
    Certs: CCNA R&S, CCNA S, Linux+, N+, P+, S+, MTA OS, etc
    Education: BS IT Security
    Pay: 65k-70k after bonuses

    Trying to transfer to infosec so probably looking at around the same pay for the next job, but should be able to hit 100k within a couple years.
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    #95
    Quote Originally Posted by Iristheangel View Post
    Title: System Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-60 (depending on the week)
    Description: Large fortune 100 company
    Age: 31 when I started (33 now turning 34 this year)
    Duration: 2 years so far
    How: I went to an open house for this company for demoing new products and I hunted down the local manager like a heat sinking missile and got him to interview me If that hadn't have worked, I knew another manager in the company I might have started to have chased after
    Certs: Started with A+, N+, S+, L+, MCSE, a couple CCNAs, CISSP, CCNP R&S and have added a CCNA DC, CCNP DC and CCIE DC. Hoping to add a CCIE Security and CCIE R&S to that in the future
    Education: BS, MS and I'll probably never chase after another degree
    Pay: $180K last year (looking to break $200K this year), great bonuses in general, great benefits, great culture, etc - I honestly don't see myself changing companies in the future since there doesn't appear to be a ceiling I'll be hitting anytime soon with this company.
    180K? Jesus... that's awesome. Definitely inspiring.
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    #96
    Title: Help Desk Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40-50
    Description: Basic desktop support role involving support with email, passwords, general issues, etc
    Age: 25
    Duration: 2 years
    Certs: Started with CCENT, left with CCNA
    Education: 2 years of college focused on Cisco Network topics (Cisco Net Academy)
    Pay: $16/hr starting as a front line analyst, ended with $25/hr as a Tier 2 Tech / Team Lead

    Title: Enterprise Network Monitor / Team Lead
    Hour/wk: 40-55+
    Description: Monitor fortune 100 company's network for major alarms, action alarms, do minor level network troubleshooting, also co-managed a team of 8 other network monitor techs.
    Age: 27
    Duration: 1.5 years
    Certs: CCNA
    Education: 2 years of college focused on Cisco Network topics (Cisco Net Academy)
    Pay: $45/hr starting as a Contractor, settled in at $32/hr as FTE

    Title: Network Operations Engineer I
    Hour/wk: 40-55+
    Description: Formal escalation point for monitor teams, troubleshoot / resolve network issues, mostly hardware replacement and simple fixes, exposure to a vast array to different network platforms such as all flavors imaginable of Cisco, Juniper, Riverbed, Citrix Nexscalers, F5 Big-IP, Arista, etc
    Age: 29
    Duration: 1 year
    Certs: CCNA
    Education: 2 years of college focused on Cisco Network topics (Cisco Net Acedemy)
    Pay: $45/hr starting as a Contractor, settled in at $32/hr as FTE

    Title: Network Operations Engineer II
    Hour/wk: 40-55+
    Description: Formal escalation point for Level 1 Network Ops Engineers, troubleshoot / resolve network issues at higher level, responsible for resolving 95% of all network impacting issues affecting the firm, hardware replacements, OS upgrades, deep exposure to vast array of different network platforms such as all flavors imaginable of Cisco, Juniper, Riverbed, Citrix Nexscalers, F5 Big-IP, Arista, etc
    Age: 30
    Duration: 1.5 years so far
    Certs: CCNA Partial CCNP Completion
    Education: 2 years of college focused on Cisco Network topics (Cisco Net Academy)
    Pay: $35/hr as FTE


    The next tier of support for my company is basically in my hands, however this year I need to crack down on learning more at a higher level to secure that. Big money soon to come! LOL!
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    #97
    Title: Desktop Support / Sys Admin
    Hour/wk: 25-30
    Description: Started with desktop support, was doing most of the server work after a month
    Age: 34
    Duration: 1 year
    Certs: A+
    Education: AAS
    Pay: $18 an hour

    Title: Sys Admin / Engineer
    Hour/wk: 30-35
    Description: vsphere, server 2012, rhel, managed switches
    Age: 35
    Duration: 2 months in
    Certs: VCP-DCV Linux+ MCSA CCNA
    Education: BS
    Pay: salary that amounts to more than double my previous hourly wage

    Goal is $100k+ by 2018 or 37 years young
    Last edited by techfiend; 03-02-2016 at 10:31 PM.
    2018 AWS Solutions Architect - Associate (Apr) 2017 VCAP6-DCV Deploy (Oct) 2016 Storage+ (Jan)
    2015 Start WGU (Feb) Net+ (Feb) Sec+ (Mar) Project+ (Apr) Other WGU (Jun) CCENT (Jul) CCNA (Aug) CCNA Security (Aug) MCP 2012 (Sep) MCSA 2012 (Oct) Linux+ (Nov) Capstone/BS (Nov) VCP6-DCV (Dec) ITILF (Dec)
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    #98
    Title: PC Technician
    Hour/wk: 40+ on-call
    Description: Did everything - network, systems, servers, PC's, etc.
    Company Size: 300+
    Age: 31
    Duration: 2.5 years
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: CCNA R&S, CCENT, Network+
    Education: AAS in progress
    Pay: $32K


    Title: Network/Systems Administrator
    Hour/wk: 44
    Description: Cisco networking, VMware, Unix/Linux servers, Windows Server, some end-user PC support
    Company Size: 100+
    Age: 34
    Duration: current (9 months)
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: CCNA Security, CCNA R&S, CCENT, Security+, Network+, Project+
    Education: AAS still in progress
    Pay: 65K no benefits (open-ended contract)
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    #99
    Title: Jr System Admin
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Desktop work, exchange and Blackberry Server, basic networking work, 1 man team
    Age: 26
    Duration: 1 years
    Certs: A+, N+, CCNA, MCP
    Education: Attending college at the time
    Pay: $15/hr


    Title: System Support Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-60+
    Description: Monitor corporate networks, deploy new networks for corporations, created cloud department for MSP
    Age: 27 - 31
    Duration: 4 years
    Certs: CCNA, CCNA+SEC, CCNP Route exam
    Education: 2 years of college with AAS in Networking
    Pay: $40k p/yr ended at 55k p/yr


    Title: Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Part of 4 man team support global corporation in all network aspects. Cisco, Nexus, Arista, Juniper, CENTOS
    Age: 31 - 32
    Duration: 3 months (company merged and was letting us go. I left)
    Certs: CCNP Route and Switch
    Education: 2 years of college with AAS in Networking
    Pay: 65k/yr


    Title: Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 50/w
    Description: Sole engineer for Fortune 1000 where I control hub and spoke bgp network I created, 8000 pieces of equipment, Aruba, Juniper, CENTOS, Cisco, Nexus, F5, Riverbed, Checkpoint, and more
    Age: 32 - 34
    Duration: 2 years so far (Looking to leave)
    Certs: CCNP, CCDA, CCDP
    Education: 2 years of college with AAS in Networking
    Pay: 85k/yer plus 14k bonus per year.
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    #100
    Had a "quarter-life Crisis" and went back to school 2 years ago for IT. I have other jobs since I was 19, but totally unrelated to IT.


    Title: Systems Admin Intern
    Hours/wk: 24
    Age: 25
    Duration: 6 months
    Description: Manage Sharepoint and other CRM servers.
    Certs: None
    Education: Was working on my AAS in Network Technology and Administration
    How: Internship program at my local CC.
    Pay: $15/hr


    Title: Datacenter NOC/SOC Intern
    Hours/wk: 40
    Age: 26
    Duration: 8 mo
    Description: Manage Cisco, F5, Fluke, Zabbix, Checkpoint systems.
    Certs: Started with none, after 3 mo I earned my CCNA.
    Education: Was working on my AAS in Network Technology and Administration
    How: Internship program at my local CC.
    Pay: $15/hr


    Title: IT Engineer
    Hours/wk: 40
    Age: 27
    Duration: 9 mo so far, this is my current position.
    Description: Escalation point for helpdesk and desktop support groups.
    Certs: CCNA and Sec+
    Education: AAS in Network Technology and Administration
    How: Career counselor at my local CC.
    Pay: $45k/year + benefits and bonuses. (My 1st job out of school)
    Last edited by v1ral; 03-05-2016 at 03:57 PM.
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