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Recommendations on IT field of study

By ilovefilms ·
I am a 54 year old computer tech (retired military) currently working as a Retail manager. I want to change career directions and go to college or career school for IT. There are many possible areas of study so want advice on what might be the best area to go into. Network System Administrator, Network security, and such. Any advice? I welcome anything the professionals here can advise.

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Part of my un-finished article

by Mohammad Oweis In reply to Recommendations on IT fie ...

Recently, i have started writing an article about the same topic, and trying to evolve it to cover all IT positions, and be like a guide.
Here is a small part that can be useful for you.

Network needs very high availability during all time 24/7, and you are required travel a lot between sites; as you have to be physically available on site to fix the problem. You may be required to do a lot of physical work.
Systems need normal availability to very high availability; if you are managing web servers or business critical servers, then you have to be available all the time. If you are managing auxiliary or infrastructure servers then you need high availability. If you work as technical support and do basic system administration; then you need normal availability and during working hours.
You can do all your work from your office without the need to move to another location, unless if there was hardware failure and you had to go and replace it. The only required physical work is to replace faulty hardware and re-cabling.

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Current Student

by Adel-IntelliTec In reply to Recommendations on IT fie ...

Hey there, I am about a month away from finishing my school and I was in the same boat you were in a couple years ago. I had no clue what or how many IT professions out there. But I knew the positions in this field are going to be in high demand in the upcoming years according to the Labor statistics. Discussed it more with the teachers that you plan on going to school to.

Best regards,
Adel J. -IntelliTec student

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