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  1. Senior Member
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    #201
    Quote Originally Posted by eansdad View Post
    Title: 02L – US Army
    Hour/wk: All
    Description: Saxophone player but helped take care of IT support duties for unit, built unit website
    Company size: Large
    Age: 20-22
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Was volunteered by platoon leader because I had a PC (in 1997)
    Pay: E-4

    Title: Configuration Tech worked up to Assistant team Lead
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Configured and built servers for Compaq
    Company size: Large
    Age: 24-26
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: Applied directly
    Pay: $10/hr on night shift

    Title: Deployment Technician worked up to various Team Lead positions
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Worked several deployments for NMCI project
    Company size: Large
    Age: 26-27
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: Applied after layoff from Compaq after merger with HP, Friend from Compaq got me in with him
    Pay: $18/hr

    Title: Desktop Support
    Hour/wk: 60+
    Description: Support for a large university hospital
    Company size: Large
    Age: 27
    Duration: 2 months
    How: Applied, Monster
    Pay: $20/hr

    Title: Desktop Support
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Desktop support for NMCI project site
    Company size: Large
    Age: 27-29
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Applied through Careerbuilder, used contacts from deployment days
    Pay: $20/hr, paid for benefits

    Title: Computer Technician
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: All IT needs within the 2 schools I am scheduled at
    Company size: 2500 staff, 10000 students
    Age: 29-39
    Duration: 8 years
    How: Applied directly
    Pay: $34k start +benefits

    Yes, my career stagnated when I got the school district. Yearly raises and a pension made me fat and dumb hence why I am finishing my BS degree and certs like I should have done years ago.
    Update to mine

    Title: Senior Solutions Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40+
    Description: Everything from answer phones to projects at a small MSP
    Company size: 5, 40ish clients 700 machines
    Age: 40
    Duration: 1 years
    How: Applied directly
    Pay: $42k start +$2500 signing bonus

    Title: IT Consultant
    Hour/wk: 40+
    Description: 2nd level support/Over night shift
    Company size: 300+ employees, 450+ customers 14k endpoints
    Age: 40-current
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Applied directly
    Pay: $48k start +cert and education reimbursement, benefits if I pay, $7,500 bonus/yr for night shift

    Not exactly where I thought I would be when I started in IT. Having kids kind of changes your priorities when it comes to needed free time. Not much "advancement" being on the late shift until/unless they create an entire team but I don't regret placing my kids needs before my career. Currently working on VCP as I never took it when I took the VCP 5 class. Also working on updating CASP to renew everything else CompTIA related (free voucher).
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    #202
    Title: IT Field Tech
    Hour/wk: 20~25 Part-Time
    Company size: Around 6 Family Owned Company IT Services
    Age: 24
    Duration: 2 Years
    How: Job Craigslist
    Certs: A+
    Education: AAS Degree
    Pay: $15/hr

    Title: IT Support Assistant
    Hour/wk: 15~20 Part-Time
    Company size: ~250
    Age: 24~27
    Duration: 3 years - Current
    How: Direct Hire
    Certs: A+
    Education: AAS Degree
    Pay: $20/hr

    Title: IT Support Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40 Full-Time
    Company size: Works at School District
    Age: 26~27
    Duration: 1 yr - Current
    How: IT Recruiter
    Certs: N+,A+, ITIL v3
    Education: AAS Degree
    Pay: $40k Annual w/ benefits

    I'm currently working on Server+ then will do Security+ certifications for this year. I'm planning to move up the ladder after hitting my 2 years experience on my current Full Time work at School District. Hoping to land roles on Networking & Server Administration field. My long term goal is on Cyber Security field.
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    #203
    Title: IT Coordinator
    Hour/wk: 40 Full-Time
    Company size: 800 Computers, 80 Servers
    Age: 26~27
    Duration: 1 week and counting
    How: Job posting within the company
    Certs: None- Currently studying network+, Server +
    Education: Some college, Technical Classes
    Pay: $45k ,2k bonus yearly.
    Last edited by geeksquad09; 03-01-2018 at 07:10 PM.
    Currently Studying for Network+, Server+, and Security+

    The computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before
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    #204
    Update, I start a new job with the National Park Srvice soon.

    Title: Information Technology Specialist (Customer Support) GS-9
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Federal Civil Service
    Company Size: 20k+
    Duration: April 2nd 2018 - ?
    How: USAJobs
    Pay 58k

    Quote Originally Posted by jb4479 View Post
    My path goes a little differently from others.

    First job: Work study USAF contracting Purchasing agent (Age 18-21)
    Age 21-23: various low level

    Title: Sonar Technician, Surface, US Navy, Department ISSO
    Hour/wk: ???
    Company Size:
    Age: 23
    Duration: 10 years
    How: Raised my hand, twice!
    Certs: None
    Education: Military Training, a lot of college classes
    Pay: ~32k (ending)

    Title: Product Support/Field Service Engineer (Satcom), Go to IT guy
    Hour/wk: 50ish
    Company Size: ~1,500
    Age: 32
    Duration: 18 months
    How: Military only job fair
    Certs: No IT related
    Education:
    Pay 52k

    Title: IT Contractor/Consultant
    Hour/wk: Variable
    Company size: 1
    Age: 34
    Duration: 13 years
    How:
    Certs: Dell
    Education: Associates Degree. Computer Technology and Networking
    Pay: Varied ( a lot)

    Title: Service Desk Tier 3, Team lead
    Hours/wk: 40
    Company Size: ~650
    Age: 48
    Duration: Current (1 year)
    How: Hiring manager is an old friend
    Certs: In Progress; MCSE: Windows Mobility, ITIL Foundation, Security+
    Education: BSITM WGU in progress (8 courses to go)
    Pay: 45k

    From here who knows, as I have said in another thread: There is no room for advancement, a manager would have to be hit by a bus (I report directly to the Service desk manager, and it's management all the way up form there).

    Ultimate goal: IT architect.
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  6. Senior Member earonw49's Avatar
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    #205
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    Title: GeekSquad Computer Agent
    Hours/wk: 32-40 Depending on Season
    Description: Hands ON IT support, general "fix it" computer shop
    Company size: 1000+
    Age : 19-20
    Duration: 10 months (Left Job for School)
    How: I knew a guy and got in
    Certs: N/A
    Education: High School
    Pay : $20k/year

    Title: Helpdesk I
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: General helpdesk/tech Support over the phone and in house desktop development
    Company size: 50
    Age : 23
    Duration: 8 Months (Promotion)
    How: Applied Online
    Certs: A+
    Education: High School
    Pay : $32/year

    Title: Helpdesk II (Same company as Helpdesk I)
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: General helpdesk II support over the phone. In house tech support, sys admin apprentice.
    Company size: 35
    Age : 23
    Duration: 2 months (Moved to different city due to marriage)
    How: Promoted
    Certs: A+, Network+,
    Education: Some College (Community)
    Pay : $34k/year


    Title: Desktop Support Engineer II / Information Resource Analyst (Field Tech) II
    Hours/wk: 40-60 depending on the project
    Description: Desktop Support, T1 network and system admin (active directory and server repair) support, project lead/management support, deployment support
    Company size: 5000+
    Age : 23-24
    Duration: 10 Months (Moved to different State for wife's engineering job)
    How: Applied Online
    Certs: A+, N+, S+
    Education: Some College/Xfer to WGU
    Pay : $35.5k/year

    Title: Launch and Mission Operations Intern
    Hours/wk: 50-65
    Description: Desktop Support III, Helpdesk Support II, Cisco Routing / Switching maintenance, Server and Sys Admin projects/tasks, various rebuilds, computer builds and projects assigned by the LO and CIO managers.
    Company size: <5000
    Age : 24-25
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Applied, 8x interviews and luck
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+ Useless CIW certs
    Education: Some College (Attended WGU)
    Pay : $52k/year

    Title: Launch and Mission Operations Technician
    Hours/wk: 50-65
    Description: Desktop Support III, Helpdesk Support II, Cisco Routing / Switching maintenance, Server and Sys Admin projects/tasks, various rebuilds, computer builds and projects assigned by the LO and CIO managers.
    Company size: <5000
    Age : 25
    Duration: 5 months (Left for School Full Time)
    How: Side-Promotion
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+ Useless CIW certs
    Education: Some College (Attended WGU)
    Pay : $52k/year

    Title: Information Systems Network and Firewall Engineer I (Professional Development Program)
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Cisco and Juniper engineering and support. Firewall and security support
    Company size: 10000+
    Age : 25
    Duration: Starting in June
    How: Applied, 6 months of constant interviews and contact with HR/Hiring managers, references
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+, P+ Useless CIW certs
    Education: Some College (Graduating WGU in 07/2016)
    Pay : Pending (60k+ a year however in negotiations for more salary because I never accept an offered salary at face value)

    2 year update:

    Title: Information Security Systems Engineer (Professional Development Rotation Position)
    Hours/wk: 40+ (Overtime Approved)
    Description: Firewall and security project support as well as project management
    Company size: 65000+
    Age : 26
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Applied internally
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+, P+ Useless CIW certs
    Education: BSIT @ WGU
    Pay : 65k. Note that this position was within a rotational program (glorified post graduate program). The pay does not decrease with the rotation switch. My pay significantly increased once I was hired out of the rotational program.
    Location:Florida

    Title: Information Security Analyst
    Hours/wk: 40 (Overtime Approved)
    Description: Firewall and security project support as well as project management
    Company size: 65000+
    Age : 27
    Duration: I start in a few weeks
    How: Applied internally, word of mouth, knew the team that had the opening due to my Systems Engineering gig above
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+, P+ Useless CIW certs, CCNA, CCNA:Security
    Education: BSIT @ WGU, MSISA pending late this year
    Pay : 72k + Bonus Upfront
    Location: Florida
    Last edited by earonw49; 03-04-2018 at 05:24 PM. Reason: Clarification on hours worked. I work OT all the time, haha.
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    #206
    Title: IT Analyst
    Hours/wk: 40
    Company Size: ~250
    Age: 26
    Duration: 1 year 4 months
    How: Promotion into IT from office job
    Education: Finished Bachelors in IT
    Certs: None
    Pay: Starting - 42k | Ending - 50k


    Title: Sysadmin
    Hours/wk: 40
    Company Size: ~2000
    Age: 27
    Duration: 13 Months
    How: Applied
    Certs: MCSE
    Pay: 65k (Including bonuses)


    Title: IT Security Admin
    Hours/wk: 40
    Company Size: ~2500
    Age: 28
    Duration: 14 Months
    How: Applied
    Certs: MCSE, Security+
    Pay: 68k (Received 15k signing bonus as well)


    Title: Security Engineer
    Hours/wk: 40
    Company Size: Global (50k+)
    Age: 29
    Duration: Current (5 months)
    How: Applied
    Certs: MCSE, Security+, CISSP
    Pay: 95k (Including bonus)
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    #207
    Title: Antenna Systems/Wiremean
    Hours/wk: Unlimited
    Company Size: ~1.5 million
    Age: 18-26
    Duration: 8 years
    How: Promotion into IT from office job
    Education: Fresh out of high school, into the USMC
    Certs: None
    Pay: Starting - 18-20k Ending 25k

    Title: Game Tech
    Hours/wk: 40
    Company Size: 5000
    Age: 26
    Duration: 1 year 6 months
    How: School work study into full time
    Education: Community college telecom studies
    Certs: None
    Pay: Starting - 21k

    Title: IT Analyst
    Hours/wk: 40
    Company Size: ~10000 (School District)
    Age: 27
    Duration: 1 year 4 months
    How: Applied
    Education: Didn't finish College Coursework
    Certs: None
    Pay: Starting - 22k ending 24k

    Title: IT Consultant
    Hours/wk: 40
    Company Size: ~5
    Age: 30
    Duration: 1 year 4 months
    How: Applied thru craigslist after no raise in sight from last job
    Education: Veteran, College Coursework
    Certs: None
    Pay: Starting - 30k ending 32k


    Title: Systems Engineer
    Hours/wk: 40
    Company Size: ~250
    Age: 31
    Duration: 4 years
    How: Applied after insight from consulting client who went to work in HR for same company
    Education:Veteran, College Coursework
    Certs: None
    Pay: Starting - 42k | Ending - 44k

    Title: Helpdesk Admin
    Hours/wk: 40
    Company Size: ~500
    Age: 31
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Applied after insight from consulting client who went to work in HR for same company
    Education:Veteran, finished college AAS telecommunications
    Certs: Security Plus Began CEH
    Pay: Starting - 42k

    Title: Security Info Analyst
    Hours/wk: 40
    Company Size: 100000
    Age:26
    Duration: current
    How: recruited
    Education:Veteran, College Coursework
    Certs: Security +
    Pay: Starting - 60k
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  9. Keeper of Log Files
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    #208
    Good deal bro.
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    #209
    I've enjoyed this thread and it helped motivate me so I'll throw my hat in the ring.

    Title: Network Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company Size: 150
    Age: 22
    Duration: 1 years
    How: Newspaper ad (remember those? haha)
    Certs: None
    Education: B.S. Computer Science
    Pay: $35K

    Title: Network Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company Size: 73K, but only 50 in my office
    Age: 24
    Duration: 3 years
    How: Can't even remember
    Certs: None
    Education: B.S. Computer Science
    Pay: $50K

    Title: Regional Technology Manager
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company Size: 1000
    Age: 27
    Duration: 3 years
    How: Employee Referral
    Certs: None
    Education: B.S. Computer Science
    Pay: Start $67K-> End $72K

    I then have a 10 year gap running my own businesses loosely related to IT, web design, affiliate marketing, etc
    Pay: Variable from 0 - 20K a month but priceless experiences!

    Title: Field Service Engineer for MSP
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company Size: 15
    Age: 41
    Duration: 1 years
    How: LinkedIn
    Certs: None
    Education: B.S. Computer Science
    Pay: $52K
    At this point I absolutely hated this job so ended up quitting without a new position (don't make this same mistake I did!). When I wasn't getting enough interviews I decided I had to change something and focused on certifications so that would never be the reason I didn't get an interview I wanted.

    Title: System Engineer II
    Hour/wk: 60
    Company Size: 4K
    Age: 42
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: Referral from a guy I met in cert training classes!
    Certs: PMP, VCP5-DCV, A+,N+, CCNA, MCSA 2012, ITIL
    Education: B.S. Computer Science
    Pay: Start $85K ->End $93K

    Title: Security Engineer II
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company Size: 4K (Lateral move at same company)
    Age: 44
    Duration: current
    How: Company Transfer
    Certs: CCNA R&S/Security, CISSP, A+, N+, S+, MCSE CP&I, VCP5/6-DCV, ITIL
    Education: B.S. Computer Science
    Pay: $93K

    I'm expecting my next move to the the big one I've been working towards. We will see!
    Last edited by Kyrak; 03-06-2018 at 03:47 AM.
    Up next: On Break, but then maybe CCNA DC, CCNP DC, CISM, AWS SysOps Administrator
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    #210
    I'll play. Don't laugh too hard.

    Title: Support Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Tier 1/2 Support for large corporation
    Company size: 30,000
    Age: 20-22
    Duration: 3 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: Bachelor's
    Pay: $55k/year

    Title: Support Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Tier 1 Support for large corporation
    Company size: 145,000
    Age: 23
    Duration: 1 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: Bachelor's
    Pay: $70k/year

    Title: Manager/Director of IT
    Hour/wk: Infinite
    Description: Oversee all IT operations for small non-profit
    Company size: 125
    Age: 24 -> present
    Duration: 8 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: ITIL, A+
    Education: Bachelor's
    Pay: $75k/year current, started at $55k 8 years ago
    [2018] - A+ 901 (PASS), A+ 902 (PASS), Project+ (PASS), Security+ (PASS), Network+(PASS), CySA, Cloud+
    [2018/2019] - MBA - IT Management - WGU

    HR: “What if we train them and they leave?”
    ME: “What if we don’t train them and they stay?”
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    #211
    Title: Web Programmer
    Hours: 20 hour/week
    Description: Web Programmer for Computer Science Department.
    Company Size: Unknown
    Age: 22-24
    Duration (2002-2005) 3 Years
    How: Applied in person.
    Certs: None
    Education: Pursed B.S. in Information Technology
    Pay: $9/hour

    Title: I.T. Technician
    Hours/wk: 40 plus on call support.
    Description: I.T. Desktop Support/IT Manager/System Administrator/Network Administrator/Security Administrator, for a Nursing Home.
    Company Size: 300 employees, (20 Servers, 200 computers)
    Age: 25-31
    Duration: (2005-2014) 9 years
    How: Volunteered for 6 months after college until I accepted a full time I.T. position.
    Certs: A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, CCENT, CCNA, CCNA Security, VMWare 5.0, MCSA: Windows Server 2012, MCSA: Windows 7, MCDST, MCP, ITILv3 Foundations.
    Education: B.S. in Information Technology, M.S. in Computer Science and Information Systems.
    Pay: $39,000 to $48,000


    Title: I.T. Technician
    Hours/wk: 40 hours (no on call support)
    Description: IT Helpdesk Support for State of Michigan
    Company Size: 300
    Age: 31-35
    Duration: (2014-2017) 2.5 years
    How: Applied online.
    Certs: A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, Linux+, CCENT, CCNA, CCNA Security, VMWare 5.0, MCSA: Windows Server 2012, MCSA: Windows 7, MCDST, MCP, ITILv3 Foundations.
    Education: Education: B.S. in Information Technology, M.S. in Computer Science and Information Systems.
    Pay: $46,000 to $49,000


    Title: IT Security Designer
    Hours/wk: 40 hours (no on call support)
    Description: I.T. Security Designer for the Department of Defense
    Company Size: ~40,000
    Age: 35-Present
    How: Applied Online
    Certs: CEHv9, A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, Linux+, MCSA: Windows Server 2012, MCSA: Windows 7, MCDST, MCP, ITILv3 Foundations.
    Education: B.S. in Information Technology, M.S. in Computer Science and Information Systems.
    Security Clearance: Yes (full scope)
    Pay: $96,000
    Last edited by Jove; 03-08-2018 at 04:10 PM.
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    #212
    Title: Rollout Technician/Software Support
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Imaged, staged and deployed new systems for a local hospital. Provided tier 2 support for hardware, program and software related issues.
    Company size: 100+
    Age: 25
    Duration: 8 months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None when started, obtained Security + and Microsoft Server fundamentals MTA right before leaving
    Education: Already had a B.S. Information Technology from a Brick and Mortar
    Pay: Starting 23,000 - Ending 28,000

    Title: Information Security Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Performed vulnerability scans, patch management and system administration on numerous systems.
    Company size: 20+
    Age: 25
    Duration: 18 months
    How: Knew someone and got an interview
    Certs: Security + and Microsoft Server fundamentals MTA, obtained CASP, CEH, CSA+ and OSCP before leaving.
    Education: Already had a B.S. Information Technology from a Brick and Mortar
    Pay: Starting 47,000 - Ending 56,000

    Title: Sr. Penetration Tester
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Performed adversarial assessments for the Navy on various technologies and systems.
    Age: 26
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Met someone from these forums while doing OSCP and they helped me get an interview after passing the exam.
    Certs: Security +, Microsoft Server fundamentals MTA, CASP, CEH, CSA+ and OSCP
    Education: Already had a B.S. Information Technology from a Brick and Mortar
    Pay: 108,000

    Title: Lead Information Security Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Team leader of network security, Splunk Administator, IDS/IPS administrator. I see EVERYTHING lol
    Company size: 50+
    Age: 27
    Duration: 7 months
    How: Worked here previously and they wanted me back.
    Certs: Security +,Microsoft Server fundamentals MTA, CASP, CEH, CSA+ and OSCP
    Education: Already had a B.S. Information Technology from a Brick and Mortar
    Pay: Starting 70,000 - current 100,000
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    #213
    Glad this thread was made. Can see progression amongst everyone.

    Title: US Navy Reserves IT
    Hour/wk: After 8 months of training, one weekend a month
    Company size: Alot
    Age: 19-20
    Duration: 6 years
    How: Walk in
    Certs: None
    Education: HS
    Pay: E1

    Title: Circuit City Computer Sales
    Hour/wk: 30 Part-Time
    Company size: Location had about 20-30 employees
    Age: 20
    Duration: 1 Year
    How: Walk-in
    Certs: None
    Education: HS
    Pay: $8.50

    Title: IT Help Desk Screener
    Hour/wk: 40 Hours
    Company size: 5000
    Age: 21
    Duration: Roughly 4 Months
    How: Unit Officer got me the job
    Certs: None
    Education: HS
    Pay: $11.50

    Title: IT Service Desk Technician
    Hour/wk: 40 Hours
    Company size: 5000
    Age: 23
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Promoted from screener
    Certs: A+
    Education: HS
    Pay: $18.75

    Title: Geek Squad Tech
    Hour/wk: 15-30 (Second Job
    Company size: I don't know
    Age: 23
    Duration: Less than a year
    How: Walk-In
    Certs: A+
    Education: HS
    Pay: $11.50


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    Title: S6 Comsec Custodian
    Hour/wk: 80+
    Company size: Team was about 80, but reported to brigade
    Age: 24
    Duration: 15 months
    How: The President
    Certs: A+
    Education: HS
    Pay: E5

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    Title: IT Service Desk Lead (DOD CIVILIAN)
    Hour/wk: 40 Hours
    Company size: 5000
    Age: 25
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Picked up before I left for contracting gig in Afghanistan lol
    Certs: A+
    Education: HS
    Pay: 60k a year + Gov Benefits

    Title: Jr. IT Project Manager
    Hour/wk: 40 Hours
    Company size: 5000
    Age: 26
    Duration: 2 Years
    How: Promoted
    Certs: A+
    Education: Some College
    Pay: $65k a year + Gov Benefits

    Title: Sr. IT Project Manager
    Hour/wk: 40 Hours
    Company size: 5000
    Age: 28
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Interviewed for a promotion
    Certs: A+, P+, S+, N+, CSA+, CASP, CEH.
    Education: AAS
    Pay: $75k + Gov Benefits

    Title: Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40 Hours
    Company size: 5000
    Age: 30
    Duration: 6mo - Present
    How: Interviewed for an opening
    Certs: CCNA, eJPT, CCNA-SEC
    Education: 3 classes away from B.S.
    Pay: $85k + Gov Benefits
    Last edited by Moldygr33nb3an; 03-14-2018 at 10:54 AM.
    Current: OSCP

    Next: CCNP (R&S and Sec)

    Follow my OSCP Thread!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squished View Post
    I'll play. Don't laugh too hard.

    Title: Support Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Tier 1/2 Support for large corporation
    Company size: 30,000
    Age: 20-22
    Duration: 3 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: Bachelor's
    Pay: $55k/year

    Title: Support Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Tier 1 Support for large corporation
    Company size: 145,000
    Age: 23
    Duration: 1 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: Bachelor's
    Pay: $70k/year

    Title: Manager/Director of IT
    Hour/wk: Infinite
    Description: Oversee all IT operations for small non-profit
    Company size: 125
    Age: 24 -> present
    Duration: 8 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: ITIL, A+
    Education: Bachelor's
    Pay: $75k/year current, started at $55k 8 years ago
    That's a heck of a jump from Support Analyst to Director of IT. How did you manage that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jws86 View Post
    That's a heck of a jump from Support Analyst to Director of IT. How did you manage that?
    I should have broken it down a bit more, sorry. I went from support analyst to "manager" of IT at this job. However the job was both "managing" the budget, hardware, software, servers, etc., as well as "doing" the actual technical work in each of those so there was quite a bit of transition. Plus I was the only "Manager" willing to work for $55k at the time so I got the job. Later I was promoted to Director, where I sit now, and have people working under me.
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    #216
    What's up everyone... new to the site, first post here, was looking through this thread and there are some very impressive posts on here.

    I originally worked for a Junior College (where i got my Associates) making 8 bucks an hour

    Worked as a correctional officer where i was making 8.5 an hour

    Then my IT career took a turn for the better!

    Went from making 17.83 an hour, moved town with same company, went up to 21.49 an hour, moved prisons in same town, went up to 28.84 an hour, two raises later I'm currently at $30.60 an hour, along with medical benefits we get extra funds for i'm at about $72,000. I'm hourly though and travel a lot... this last year i hit $76k i believe.

    Started up with WGU this last October, which is where I got my first official IT certs, currently have A+, ITIL Foundations, and CIW Site Development Associate.
    This next semester I should be getting my Network+, Security+, and CCSP. Total with WGU Bachelor's in CyberSecurity and Information Assurance the degree contains 11 certs.
    Hopefully this time next year I'll be done!
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    #217
    I had newly joined as a php developer
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    #218
    Update....

    Title: Cyber Threat Intel Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40 Hours
    Company size: 1000
    Age: 34
    Duration: 4months-Pres
    How: Headhunter
    Certs: Net+, Sec+
    Education: MBA
    Pay: $157k Plus Benefits
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    #219
    Quote Originally Posted by ArabianKnight View Post
    Update....

    Title: Cyber Threat Intel Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40 Hours
    Company size: 1000
    Age: 34
    Duration: 4months-Pres
    How: Headhunter
    Certs: Net+, Sec+
    Education: MBA
    Pay: $157k Plus Benefits
    Umm yeah, so I'm gonna need some more details on this one.
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    #220
    Quote Originally Posted by jcole4lsu View Post
    Umm yeah, so I'm gonna need some more details on this one.
    I work in DC as a contractor so it is not unusual to obtain this level of salary. I went from 113k working on Ft. Meade then started commuting to DC for this gig. Its in the senior billet, we have juniors and a lead as well.
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    #221
    Quote Originally Posted by earonw49 View Post
    2 year update:Title: Information Security Systems Engineer (Professional Development Rotation Position)Hours/wk: 40+ (Overtime Approved)Description: Firewall and security project support as well as project managementCompany size: 65000+Age : 26Duration: 1 yearHow: Applied internally Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+, P+ Useless CIW certsEducation: BSIT @ WGUPay : 65k. Note that this position was within a rotational program (glorified post graduate program). The pay does not decrease with the rotation switch. My pay significantly increased once I was hired out of the rotational program.Location:FloridaTitle: Information Security Analyst Hours/wk: 40 (Overtime Approved)Description: Firewall and security project support as well as project managementCompany size: 65000+Age : 27Duration: I start in a few weeksHow: Applied internally, word of mouth, knew the team that had the opening due to my Systems Engineering gig aboveCerts: A+, N+, S+, L+, P+ Useless CIW certs, CCNA, CCNA:SecurityEducation: BSIT @ WGU, MSISA pending late this yearPay : 72k + Bonus UpfrontLocation: Florida
    Another Update:

    Title: Information Security Analyst II
    Hours/wk: 40 (Overtime Approved, but rarely needed according to employees I talked to)
    Description: DIACAP, RMF, Goverment Compliance, updating, scanning and security structure improvement for federal and private Aerospace & Defense contractors.
    Company size: 500+
    Age : 27
    Duration: I start in a week
    How: Previous position was taken from under my feet at the last minute (budget cuts) and I fell back into my old position. Decided to move on from company to the direction I wanted my career to go. Updated my resume, linkedin, and portfolio. Upgraded to linkedin premium and sent the head recruiter(s) my resume and applied for this position via their website and linkedin. They called me for an interview a few days later and after said interview, offered me the job a day later.
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+, P+ Useless CIW certs, CCNA, CCNA:Security
    Education: BSIT @ WGU, MSISA pending late this year
    Pay : 70kish + Bonus Upfront
    Location: Florida
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    #222
    Update for new role:
    Title: Security Operations Specialist 2
    Hour/wk: 35 - 40
    Description: Hybrid role of SecOps Engineering (Blue team, policy creation, etc etc) and Network Security
    Age: 36
    Duration: 5 months now
    Certs: No new certs since last post
    Education: 4 year degree from WGU and an Associates from local CC
    Pay: 110k/yr.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohr-ah View Post
    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: 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 for an enterprise Fortune 250 Office Supply company
    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
    Age: 32 - 34
    Duration: 2 years few months
    Certs: CCNP, CCDA, CCDP
    Education: 2 years of college with AAS in Networking
    Pay: 85k/yer plus 15% bonus per year.

    Title: Sr. Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-45
    Description: Sr Network Engineer for Fortune 500 company
    Age: 34 - 36
    Duration: 1 year 11 mo
    Certs: No new ones
    Education: 2 years of college with AAS in Networking, got my 4 year degree while here
    Pay: 100k/yr.
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    #223
    Started late . Hoping to move up soon.

    Title: IS Support

    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Systems for fortune 500 company
    Age: 27
    Duration: 1 year-present
    Certs: A+, N+, Sec+
    Education: AA in Liberal Arts lol
    Pay: 50k
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    #224
    Title: I.T Intern
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Internship for Government
    Company size: don't know
    Age: 20
    Duration: 2 Summers
    How: dad got it for me
    Certs: None
    Education: In community college
    Pay: $15/hr

    Title: Subject matter Expert
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Gov contractor
    Company size: 100k
    Age: 22-27
    Duration: 5 years
    How: Job Fair
    Certs: Sec+
    Education: bachelors
    Pay: $74k before i left

    Title: Senior Security Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40 (sometimes in 50-60 hour range but only when things are going south or work needs to be done)
    Description: Contractor
    Company size: 1000
    Age: 29
    Duration: 2+ years
    How: Linkedin Search
    Certs: Sec+, CASP, CISSP, CEH
    Education: Bachelors
    Pay: currently at $111,000

    current job i had 5% raise first year then 4% raise 2nd year, yes i'm a heavy hitter on my team by no means the top dog
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    #225
    Quote Originally Posted by DatabaseHead View Post
    Title: Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40 week
    Description: SQL, Data Warehousing, Data Marts, Statistics, Audits
    Company size: 91,500
    Age: 42
    Duration: 3 months - Current
    How: Corporate recruiter reached to me on LinkedIn.
    Certs: None that I list anymore
    Education: Bachelors/Masters
    Pay: 88,000 with a 10% - 20% bonus.
    Update

    Duration 1 year on the 23rd.

    Pay went up to 89,990 still getting a 10% - 20% bonus. Role has expanded, should be good to go for another year....

    Next stop BI Architect, this could take a while.......
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