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Associates degree in Networking

By max98037 ·
I'm in the middle of earning my Associates Degree in Networking. I'll also come out of it with MCSE,CCNA, and A+ certs, as well as around 6 mos.-1 year of interning. I also have no idea how I will be recieved by the industry when I enter. Could someone please tell me if I will be in demand or starving. I live in Seattle but am willing to relocate.

What position could I be eligible for and for what kind of pay?

What is the job market like and likely to be in 2003?

And last, how is the Networking job market in Seattle?


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Associates degree in Networking

by timwalsh In reply to Associates degree in Netw ...

No simple single answer to any of your questions!

How will you be received / What position will you be eligible for?

- Some business may value the fact that you have a specific certification, while others may value more the fact that you havea degree. Some businesses may value experience over all else, but still use certs / and or degree as filters. Some businesses may not care about certs because they don't understand what the certs actually mean.

- The position you ultimately get depends greatly on timing (being at the right place at the right time). A large business or corporation with an established IT department may only be willing to take you on in an very entry-level position. A smaller business that is just beginning to expand may be willing to hire you as their sole IT person because they need help NOW (and all the really experienced applicants are being snapped up by larger businesses) and you did a good job of selling yourself.

What kind of pay should youexpect?

- You will find many different salary surveys available. You can use these as guidelines. However, you must realize that that is all these surveys are. They show an average. Bigger businesses will generally be able to afford higher salaries than smaller businesses. There are always aberrations. Some of those surveyed may have salaries that greatly exceed the average while there may be many that make much lower than the average salary.


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Associates degree in Networking

by timwalsh In reply to Associates degree in Netw ...

What is the job market like now and what will it be in the future?

- Depending on which newspapers or magazines you read, either the IT industry has many hundreds of thousands of open jobs, or there is a large IT slump with many large Tech companies (i.e. IBM) downsizing their staff. The best thing to do is read as many different industry magazines or journals as you can get your hands on to keep you in step with what is currently going on in the industry. Try out some of the following: Network Computing, Network Magazine, Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine, Windows and .Net Magazine, ComputerWorld, InfoWorld. Many of these can be had for free (if you meet certain qualifications).
- What the future holds is anybody's guess. The best things you can do is continuously update your skills and learn new ones when you can.

How is the job market in Seattle (or any other location you choose)? Search newspapers, web sites of companies that interest you, the larger job web sites (,,, ads in the rear of some of the above mentioned magazines, etc.

Just starting out in the industry (any industry) is always a scary proposition.
Your biggest allies: being confident in your skills (and yourself), the ability to "sell" yourself, and networking (in the sense of getting your name and relevant skill out to as many places as possible through friends, acquaintances, fellow students, etc.
Your biggest enemies: self-doubt, inability to admit to yourself your true experience level and limitations, and giving up.

NEVER give up! While you may be lucky enough to walk right in to that "dream"job (with its "dream" salary) (few of us are that lucky), realize that youmay also need to put in your time in the trenches, biding your time (and building valuable experience), before moving up to the "dream" job.

Good Luck!

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