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By natepickle ·
I am considering retraining for an IT career but dont want the choice to be all about the most money How can I find out about all the diff. IT fields so I can at leastg get an idea?

Also how does one tell if they like a particular field, trying each would not get you anywhere.

What is the best way to go about getting training?

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by natepickle In reply to Doesn't look as though yo ...


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You're still screaming.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to READ THE POST BEFORE MY ...

All caps is text screaming. You have been doing it throughout the entire thread. In fact, you were the first to be rude, and didn't even realize it.

This suggests to (probably) all of here that you are not even interested enough to attempt to discover what Internet Etiquette might be.

Furthermore, your apparently overly analytical mind appears to have deluded you that you have to know the name of something before you can find out what it is.

A simple google for the big picture - Fields in Information Technology - yields the following:

The fifth result on the page offers information regarding the different career types available within the Field of Information Technology.

Did it even occur to you to search for the umbrella?


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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Doesn't look as though yo ...

Accounting, Actuarial Science, or Statistics, forget IT.

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by natepickle In reply to Try

you need to relax dude

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Uh, that's not a dude.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Try

Three guidelines of participating in a forum that you've unknowingly violated:

1. Using all uppercase; it's considered shouting and is -extremely- rude.
2. Assuming someone else's gender without asking. A minor, forgivable offense.
3. Feeling compelled to reply to every post, comment, and reply. Respond to those that you feel are helpful. It's a big Internet and if you're going to waste time on those you feel are unhelpful, you're never going to have enough time to improve your skills.

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You arent kidding, I am still

by w2ktechman In reply to Try

trying to find the Internets Home Page for the ditz

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You've asked a very broad question.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT AR ...

The IT field has far too many areas for any one of us to attempt to remember. New areas of specialization appear almost daily, and older ones become obsolete almost as quickly. This means the one (only) constant in IT is the requirement for continuing education.

Try this. Click on the Blogs tab at the top of the page. You'll see a general list of the topics discussed here. This list of a dozen or so is by no means all-inclusive of IT specialization, and each of the areas listed branches into many sub-specialties. The blog entries are written by working professionals who also communicate effectively. (That's another skill needed no matter what the area of specialization - communicating technical concepts in terms non-techies can understand.) Wander through the articles and you'll get a feel for the various aspect of an IT career. See if anything catches your eye. Repeat the exercise with the Forums tab, going to the Browse subtab to get a list of what TR members talk about.

You may want to Google for career interest surveys. Do you have a local technical college with an IT department? If so, a guidance counselor can give you an idea of the programs and specialties they offer. They won't offer everything in the IT field, but it's a good starting place.

Oh, and develop a thick skin. Good or bad, a large percentage of the IT field is populated by people with poor social skills. Others of us have those skills but either don't remember to exercise them or don't care. Most have been involved in some fashion since high school (or earlier) and are very passionate about technology, and we expect the same of everyone else in the field. If we didn't have jobs in IT we'd be doing this stuff on our own time and spending our own money; oh, wait; we do.

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If you've got a job in this economy count yourself fortunate

by OnTheRopes In reply to WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT AR ...

If you've got a job that you don't like do what a lot of people do, look at porn. No. (That's my stunning wit coming into play.) I really meant to say, get a hobby. If you're any good at your hobby, over time, turn your hobby into a job. As has been asked, what do you LIKE to do?<br><br>
Just because there's a forecast from some government website that the medical field, for instance, is hiring doesn't mean you ought to drop everything and become a nurse or health technician.<br><br>
****, stick with a job and expand your knowledge of what you already do unless you're going to tell us that you know everything there is to know about it. You might know a lot but I'll bet you don't have it <u>all</u> down pat. You could spend time making yourself more valuable in a field you already know something about. <br><br>
I'm not sure about where you are but around here a J O B in any field is hard to come by.<br><br>
Maybe you're just having a mid-life crisis a little earlier than most. It happens.

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Computers are just a tool

by Dr Dij In reply to WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT AR ...

for use in many other professions.

If you're good at computer use you still don't have to be in IT.

IT is kind of limited to topics mentioned in other posts: development, networking, infrastructure (PCs, VoIP sometimes)

You mentioned PLMs - Maybe an HVAC designer or engineer. Both are heavy computer users but are NOT in IT.

You could learn animation for example,with autocad's Maya (which you can download free). Then you would be hired as an animator not in IT.

Statistician or Actuary - again not in IT.
Learn Autocad or SolidWorks or Pro/E for 3D, then work for a cable company, construction or architect, etc but NOT in IT.

Learn to do websites and you might be in IT or you might be assigned tohelp use tools like sharepoint to help product groups.

Know ERP and take some APICS courses and become an inventory control specialist but not in IT.

Learn BI - how to do text and graphical reporting, and you'll probably be assigned to help a biz unit or become a biz analyst (one who analyzes biz reqts, projects, models, not the kind who collects reqts for SW), again these are typically outside of the official IT function.

Learn DNA sequencing computer progs, tapping into online sequence databases or 3-D protein structure analysis and you'llprobably be hired by a chem researcher or bio-informatics company. But nto in IT.

Lots of interesting jobs out there that have you as a knowledge worker but NOT in IT!

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As many as in medical profession

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT AR ...

now would you talk to a doctor this way?

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