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By jawilson ·
I work for a small environmental services company in Oklahoma. Although my job title is Computer Systems Technician, I have a hand full of duties and jobs, including: Product programming and design, web site design and management, network and computer system administration and maintenance, graphic design, etc. I think you get the point.

Currently I am making $10.00 an hour working full time. I have worked at the company for 2 years this month and have been working with computers (non job related) since the mid to late 80's (I'm 21). I currently have no certifications or degrees. Before working for this company I was getting a degree in Architectural Engineering, but I have since moved on to getting a degree in Information Technology.
Would it be wise for me to seek a new job? or ask for a raise? Note, the president of the company is very tech dumb and views computers as a means to an end, not a neccessity.

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by calves In reply to Salary

Hi,
I am here for the points, but let me tell you something, if you're half as good as you say, you are wasting your time.
You're no kid, if you've been working with this puppies (computers) since the dark ages, I'll say,
If I was you, first I would move where the technology is. That is why I live where I live. Get a certification, because that's what the employer wants to see: A piece of paper that says that you can read a technical book and follow it. Experience is what counts most, after the certifications, and you seems to have it. So, with so many companies willing to pay for relocation and what have you, botton line, you're wasting your time.
I had a job in a small evironment non-profit in Washington, DC and b4 I had any certifications I was making twice what you make.
I hope I got you wondering...

Good Luck!

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by jawilson In reply to Salary

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by RDendtler In reply to Salary

Would it be wise? Always!

One of the fun things about small companies is the ability to work with many different areas, giving you the ability to find out what you really like to do, and what you are good at. HOWEVER, small companies don't often pay market rates. They do this for a number of reasons, one of which is the fact that if you aren't complaining, it must be ok!

Now: The question you must ask yourself is "what do I want to do". The answer appears to be "work in IT/IS". Great! Going to school and getting an IT related degree will definitely get you on that path. Experience, as always, is the great difference maker. Experience will get you a better job, a degree will take you further down the road (note: you don't have to have a degree in this field, but it does help in the long run: management, etc.)

My suggestion would be: If you are happy at your company continue on, ask for a raise. However, you need to be in an environment that will support the continued learning you need to

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by matt_falenski In reply to Salary

You have to ask yourself a few things:
When was the last time you received a raise?
What type of area do you live in?
What is a comparable salary? Do you enjoy your job now? Would the employer be willing to pay for training and/or certification?
Is it a good environment? Stressful?
I know of people in the same situation making from $6 to $20. I worked doing about the same for $11 while I was going to school and learning. It's tough, but hang in there!
Good Luck!

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by snubber In reply to Salary

Start moonlighting to test your present market value. Start with $15-30 range and see who bites. A good place to start are your local school systems for tech and basic networking. I realize you are still attending school and have little time throughout the week, but sacrice your days off from class and weekends for school work and consulting and your career will start rolling quicker and quicker.

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by raymond_rio In reply to Salary

It's time to move on once you have finished school. Look on the internet for salary comparisons in your area and then ask for a raise. If you do not recieve a raise want until it is time to leave for a new job. Don't let narrow minded individuals get to you. Our ecomony and nation run on technology. Beside this is your chosen profession. And somday you may need to support a family.

Ray Rio

raymond_rio@lnotes.bankofny.com

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