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7/5/10 3:52 PM
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Brian Davis
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I currently hold a degree in Applied Science (Network Administrator and Support) and i'm one test away from getting my MCSE. I currently work as a Network Technician and MIGHT be getting a Systems Administrator in the near future. I make 51.5K a year but want to get into the 80's. Which way should I go?
7/6/10 5:32 AM
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Database administration, unix/solaris administration get paid well for large companies.

Get a CCIE and get into network engineering to hit that price point with out too many problems.
7/6/10 9:29 AM
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ITIL, SOX, any job that gets you a security clearance.

Find what you like then find a nitch inside that.
7/6/10 9:45 AM
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You should go into what you enjoy doing and are good at. Do you want challenging work in a field you like or just want to make an arbitrary salary target?

What does a network technician do since that term tends to vary from job to job. Switches and routers? If you enjoy that then up your game. Studying for the CCIE will indeed help you if you do it progressively and with honesty about what you do and don't know. You don't need an IE to make 80k, but you'll probably need one to get much beyond that figure in cisco shops.
7/9/10 6:32 AM
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 What state are you in?
7/11/10 2:18 PM
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Texas
7/12/10 10:42 AM
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 Big is right you need to find what you like and do that. If you just look for the most money and not what you enjoy doing your going to hate your job and the money isn't going to be worth it.

Being stuck on a bridge line over a weekend sucks when you like what you're doing, If you don't like what you're working on it would be god alful.

Also if you work in a field that you enjoy you'll pick it up faster.
7/12/10 10:44 AM
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 I know thre is a ton of Voip in Texas. I looked mostly in the Houston area but there seemed to be good jobs all over the state.
7/13/10 9:32 PM
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whatever you do, study like a motherfucker and produce like hell.
7/14/10 9:15 AM
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What is VOIP
7/14/10 9:20 PM
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 Voice Over IP.  Basically a phone going through IP networking
7/15/10 1:58 AM
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Telecom is huge in Texas
7/20/10 8:25 AM
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My advice would be specialize in Network Security, Database Administration or Virtualization technologies.
9/23/10 3:48 PM
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Do yourself a favor and open up a pizza shop
10/3/10 3:36 AM
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Juijitsuboxer - Database administration, unix/solaris administration get paid well for large companies.

Get a CCIE and get into network engineering to hit that price point with out too many problems.


This, this and this. Especially Unix/Solaris.
10/10/10 10:56 PM
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 QA IMO

 
10/11/10 9:36 AM
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^^ Hahaha! Sweet!
10/14/10 11:20 PM
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Brian Davis - I currently hold a degree in Applied Science (Network Administrator and Support) and i'm one test away from getting my MCSE. I currently work as a Network Technician and MIGHT be getting a Systems Administrator in the near future. I make 51.5K a year but want to get into the 80's. Which way should I go?


Stick with Windows System Administration if that's what you like. You seem to have the credentials for this position already. Making 80k in Texas??? Might be an issue because the cost of living there is so LOW. I make 75k here in DC/VA because of the cost of living is higher. Additionally...I'm only a SUPPORT guy :( :( :(
10/25/10 10:41 PM
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 Information Assurance/Cyber Security. Biggest Market in IT over the next 50 years!
11/25/10 2:47 PM
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Brian Davis - What is VOIP



Im not saying anything negative bro...Im really not but how are you a network tech and dont know what VOIP is? Im just asking. Please dont take this the wrong way.
11/25/10 2:48 PM
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By the way get into security.....I make 95 as a IT manager in security and I live in BFE. I work for a large food distributor.

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