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By rockyl1 ·
I closed this thread without realizing it so I will ask it again.

I have been in the IT field now for about 10 years doing PC support. I have about a year of networking experience with Banyan Vines. I have done 2 years as an in-house trainer for a company that contracts out for help desk support for OEM computer companies. I really like the training gig and am wanting to pursue this as the career path. I want to get certified and (obviously) make the best money possible. I have no certs at this point. It looks like the first place to start is the CTT followed by some sort of Microsoft or Cisco Cert. Once this is done, are there any websites that might give a hint as to how much I should be looking for as pay, either working for a company or as an ind working thru a broker? Right now, I have no idea what the market is paying, I just know it's more than I'm making now.
Thanks,
Rocky Smith
rockyl1@hotmail.com

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by avachon In reply to Where to begin...Again

Hi, check out the search engines. For infoseek, I typed in "IT salary." There are sites that do benchmark comparisons (from year to year); estimated ranges based on specific professions (e.g., network administrators, programmers, project managers,etc.) as well as geographic locations. Also, many of the big job sites will give you ballpark figues such as monster.com;the career advice forum on this website, etc. Microsoft's website will give you lots of information about their certificationsand training (www.microsoft.com) - at the top of the page under microsoft.com guide click on training and certification. You'll get job guidance tips, training options, etc. Same kind of thing for cisco. There are also lots of certification sitesthat will lend insight- www.cramsession.com; mcsetutor.com; compTIA.com; testout.com. IT news-look at searchnt.com. Microsoft will tell you exactly what you need to do to be a MCT (microsoft certified trainer). I hope these leads help.

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by avachon In reply to Where to begin...Again

In addition, here are some specific websites: http://www.compensation-online.com,
http://www.zdnet.com/enterprise/salaryzone
http://www.computerworld.com/res/careers/sur_index.html
I hope these help.

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by dmiles In reply to Where to begin...Again

Your options are open to the type of certification you persue,the training school will possibly have job placement,which will give you the best salary,any of the carreer sights will provide job oppurtunities and contacting Microsoft or Cisco to lookinto their training providers is an option.You basically will be working as a consultant ,which could leave you open to other training certifications.No matter how much experience,your salary will be based on your training experience,so negociate the best salary that you feel you can live with.
God Luck

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by MCSE Lee In reply to Where to begin...Again

CTT is probably the best place to start, but where you go from there depends on what you want ot teach. The new requirements for MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) state that you have to pass the exam for the class you want to teach - so MCP and/or MCSE are in your future. I'm not sure, but I believe that Cisco is the same. As for Websites - check out www.mcpmag.com and follow the links to the salary surveys (the latest is July 99)

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