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Show me the $$$$!!!! ??

By jasonmccubbin ·
As I try to attack and decide to enter the balloned IT market. This might help. Can everyone drop their two cents please?

What is you pay? And what certs & positions do you hold?

Thanks as is about as skewed as the american idol voting!!!!! lol

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Guaranteed pay level

by stress junkie In reply to Show me the $$$$!!!! ??

I'm guaranteed to receive at least $7.00 per hour including tips. I have to use my own car though.

I hate driving around with that sign on top of the car.

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Bu**er All

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Show me the $$$$!!!! ??

If you are planning on an IT career to make big bundles of cash, you missed the boat by about eight years. If you don't enjoy it, you won't be good at it, and if you are not good you'll not be able to compete with those who are. Most of the guys who joined up because it was the in career have left and good riddance to 'em.

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A lot of the ones

by dafe2 In reply to Bu**er All

Who got in simply because they could breathe have become very succesfull 1-900 operators.

The really good breathers make BIG bucks. LOL

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Ahhh. thanks for ?

by jasonmccubbin In reply to A lot of the ones

I should of known. I simply tried to get a good idea of what the money in certain aspects from real time associates was. And wah-la jokes!
I am trying to see if there is something that I can achieve that will meet or top my broker pay.

Got the lame jokes... As for as facts <---- NO!

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by Jellimonsta In reply to Ahhh. thanks for ?

You can check out for certain positions, then take about 10% off the figure and you 'can' obtain that. Don't expect to enter the field as a Network Architect level III though. PC Support is where you will most likely start.

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Thank you Jelli.

by jasonmccubbin In reply to depends

Thanks for the reply.
I am just having a hard time trying to get into a career with something that I enjoy doing (G.Design\Networking). If I cant support myself and family.
Cant find the way to make the switch right now.


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These weren't jokes

by dafe2 In reply to Ahhh. thanks for ?

Read the posts carefully & you'll realise we're telling you to be very carefull.

I'm guessing Tony has been at it as long as I have.....20+ years.

What we're saying is there is no EASY way into IT anymore..................and you've got to really love the work (like anything else) to make a GOOD living.

In my neck of the woods the cost of living is low & the quality of life high.

Average Lawyer & Doctor = 90K

Average Doctor = 90K

Average Gov Employee = 50k

Average IT = 65k...........Average NOOBE = 25k.........Average with 15 Years = 80k & 150k

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Hey Dafe2!

by molinyk In reply to These weren't jokes

Are these in Cdn dollars or US dollars? From what I recall, you are on the East coast of Canada?
Myself, I changed careers from being a mechanic to getting my degree in April of last year. Ihave been laid off since Sept of last year.
The jobs for networking here where I live are pathetic. I have only had 1 interview since Sept and the job went to someone who worked internally within the hospital.
I went to school for 3 years and did an 8 month work term at 10.00 an hour. When I got my degree, I was offered 12.50 an hour which is approx 26K/year.
Does that sound pathetic or is that about right for the experience I have?

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by dafe2 In reply to Hey Dafe2!

Your in Thunder Bay?

In New Brunswick....I'd expect someone who works in Break/Fix (Say for Xwave or CGI) to make about 35k at entry level which is what I'm understanding is your situation.

For the Feds, Province or a Hospital, probably 5k more.

I would have expexcted more out of you 'upper Canadians' :-)

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T.B is small

by molinyk In reply to Depends

Thunder bay is only maybe 140k people and nearest big city is Winnipeg.Where I was working before in T.B , it was mostly Sysadmin stuff and help desk , Active directory, Windows , Solaris admin ... no programming. I didnt do much Cisco stuff or Networking which I majored in that area at school.We also did alot of Linux and solaris stuff in labs and very little windows.If I was back in Calgary, where i went to school, I would have a job in my area ,for sure.Here , I think you have to be a jack of all trades.
Its kind of frustrating not being able to find work in my area that i went to school for , especially when I owe 20k for student loans.
I was hoping to devote alot of my time to Cisco learning but over here, I may not find a job doing that anyways.
Its a small community here and you have to be in the right place at the right time.
Changing careers was a hard thing to do especially
going back to school in my late 30's.

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