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Carrer upgrades for SysAdmins ??

By Chibi-1 ·
I have a BS in CS, graduated and started working four years ago. I spent 2 years in tech support, 1 year doing minor SW dev. and 1 year studying abroad. All this time I'd been thinking that I wanted to be a SysAdmin rather than a developer. I finally got my chance: I started today at a mid-sized consulting firm. But now I realize that I have no idea what can I do with my career in the future. Maybe I should've stick to web app dev?

A developer may become a Project Leader and Manager some day... but what can a SysAdmin become with time, work, work, more work and experience?

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Good question

by Oz_Media In reply to Carrer upgrades for SysAd ...

I started with Web Dev but then fell into NetAdmin. It's not what I'm interested in so I only do it P/T now (remotely, as needed).

There are a LOT of career paths you CAN take though. Most people in SysAdmin (that I've spoken to) move onto Network Administrators ( I know, everyone has an MCSE)I went for the CNE aqnd the Master CNE certs, still pretty boring work though.

I dabble in writing short Python scripts (good for fast CRM and Database mining, SQL is SO freakin slow, as well as email scanning and SPAM detection) to keep me busy, but I find that most NetAdmins are focused toward becoming consultants or trainers. The consulting business seems to be going nowhere these days as more and more companies are just using their own staff to find solutions due to the overinflated costs of IT consulting.

There are a lot of avenues, but if your interest is in code, there are a lot more options for you (as you already know).

feel it out, you may find an interesting avenue to explore and if not, at least you'll know what was on the other side of the fence.

Good luck with your career choices, I'm sure you'll find IT is a world of opportunity and you'll rarely get pigeonholed if you keep exploring.

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