Years in the field

fpsofpso Member Posts: 84 ■■□□□□□□□□
How many years have you been in the field? Where did you start out? Where are you at now in your career?


  • keenonkeenon Member Posts: 1,921 ■■■■□□□□□□
    17yrs, pulling cables and taking PC out of the box. CCIE R/S
    Become the stainless steel sharp knife in a drawer full of rusty spoons
  • tedjamestedjames Scruffy-looking nerfherdr Member Posts: 1,109 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Almost 11 years. Started as the technical writer in the security group and gradually moved into program management and then security analyst. Currently learning ethical hacking (eJPT).
  • xxxkaliboyxxxxxxkaliboyxxx Member Posts: 466
    9 Years now, started out volunteering at my brother's computer repair shop, dropped out (or kicked out, its debatable) of college, joined the Army and now sitting as a manager for a Service Enterprise.
    Studying: GPEN
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  • paul78paul78 Member Posts: 3,016 ■■■■■■■■■■
    @OP - you could check out this older thread too - it's goes into a bit of detail if you are trying to find out about various people's career progression. It can be quite varied.
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,102 Mod
    10 yrs, junior unix support engineer, Senior Security Analyst.

    Life is good
    Goal: MBA, Jan 2021
  • GeekyChickGeekyChick Senior Member Member Posts: 314 ■■■■□□□□□□
    13 years, with a long break until just last fall. Fell in love with computers and programming in college, got degree, worked as Helpdesk manager at the university in the IT department went on to be network consultant. Currently trying to get into infosec.
  • EANxEANx Member Posts: 1,078 ■■■■■■■■□□
    23, a combination of desktop support / supporting a single-server Novell network, IT Director that enjoys tossing old-school solutions into the bull-pen when my team of tier-3 engineers gets stuck.
  • jcundiffjcundiff Member Posts: 486 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Almost 20... started as tech suport/help desk worked up to management in IT, moved to security in a GRC role, now Senior Threat Intelligence Analyst.
    "Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn't Work Hard" - Tim Notke
  • pevangelpevangel Member Posts: 342
    Almost 6 years. Started out doing desktop support for a small non-profit. Currently a Sr. Network Engineer for a service provider network.
  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youMod Posts: 2,745 Mod
    Hmm, I started as a Data Management Assistant and I became my lab's network admin about 20 years ago.
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
  • Danielm7Danielm7 Member Posts: 2,279 ■■■■■■■■□□
    17 years, IT Security Engineer.
  • brewboybrewboy Member Posts: 66 ■■□□□□□□□□
    16 years. Desktop support, network administrator, network engineer
  • shochanshochan Member Posts: 904 ■■■■■■□□□□
    17yrs, began as Jr. Network Admin @ health ins co, now in System Systems Admin position...on my way out of IT in a couple of years though, burnt da fuuuuuuuu out

    "It's not good when it's done, it's done when it's good" ~ Danny Carey
  • GSXR750K2GSXR750K2 Member Posts: 325
    12 years (I'll be 35 in July). Started at a little company doing Active Directory management, Exchange, and desktop OS installation. I'm not as far along as I'd like to be...stuck around my area too long (not a lot of IT opportunities) so now I feel I'm rushing to catch up to be competitive with people who are only five or six years in.
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project, CAPM, RMP Member Posts: 2,502 ■■■■■■■■■□
    8 Years, Help Desk Tier 1 > Senior Database Analyst
  • knownheroknownhero Member Posts: 450
    10 years

    NOC > Desktop Support > SharePoint Analyst
    70-410 [x] 70-411 [x] 70-462[x] 70-331[x] 70-332[x]
    MCSE - SharePoint 2013 :thumbup:

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  • markulousmarkulous Member Posts: 2,394 ■■■■■■■■□□
    3 Years. Started at a MSP Help Desk and now I'm a security analyst.
  • TechGromitTechGromit A+, N+, GSEC, GCIH, GREM, Ontario, NY Member Posts: 1,977 ■■■■■■■■□□
    25 years, 3 months, 16 days

    I stated out in computer operations as an AS/400 computer operator in a Casino, October 7th, 1991. These are years employed in the industry, I went to a Technical Training school for about two years of night school before that. Paid $9,000 to learn programming, but never worked as a programmer except for some simple scripting. I work in Nuclear Cyber Security Operations now.
    Still searching for the corner in a round room.
  • mzx380mzx380 ITIL, ACA, CCNA, Linux+, VCP-DCV, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM New YorkMember Posts: 453 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Roughly 15 years
    Started out in help desk and I'm currently a Technical Project Manager
    Certifications: ITIL, ACA, CCNA, Linux+, VCP-DCV, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM
    Currently Working On: Microsoft 70-761 (SQL Server)
  • NetworkNewbNetworkNewb Member Posts: 3,294 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I'll bite... 5 years, first job out of college was in web development, work as Security Analyst now.
  • jamesleecolemanjamesleecoleman Member Posts: 1,899 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Full time: 2.5 years. Last job was Sr. Tech Support Analyst. This job is IT Specialist (IT Manager or IT Director, depending on the paperwork but IT specialist is the right title). I have more freedom to get way more hands on experience with networking, servers and infosec.

    Part time: A little under two years prior to the full time positions. IT Assistant and CSR is what I had.
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  • Matt2Matt2 Member Posts: 97 ■■□□□□□□□□
    In IT for 16+ years, In my 1st Security specific role the last few, soon to move into my 2nd security specific role.
  • SpetsRepairSpetsRepair Cisco/Fortinet/Meraki/Comptia Member Posts: 210 ■■■□□□□□□□
    How many years have you been in the field?
    5+ years in the IT field but two years ago most of that experience was contracting, temp help desk gigs, and personal consulting

    Where did you start out?
    Contracted help desk, enjoyed the work but wasn't getting me where I wanted to be so I kept studying the Cisco networking courses in hopes of joining a network team somewhere.

    Where are you at now in your career?

    Currently at a very large MSSP/Advanced security operations center and this is how things went for me in this company.
    Hired on 2015, three months later supervisors wants me to start training other people, first I was confused why they felt comfortable with me training people if I only was there for three months while the guys who've been there for six + months didn't get to teach others.
    5 months in, they try to get me the security engineer position and they only had three reqs open, two engineers from my dept and another dept get the engineer. I get promoted six months in and I'm now a lead analyst and work directly with high visibility projects, escalations, and other engineers. At this point the engineers have started to bring me into their teams and I start learning from them and start teaching them as well, I come from a Cisco background so I have some knowledge into areas they have no experience in. Three months go by and another engineer position opens up, first thing in the morning my manager wants to talk to me, presents me an offer letter and wants to know if I want to join the engineering team. Of-course I accept the promotion, and notice upper management, and other engineers keeping an eye on me for some reason, most likely upper management had been notified long ago I was the one they were going to offer this position to. Been a security engineer ever since, and still working at this company. Its been ups and downs, but I've decided to stay another year or so and continue progressing.

    Time line
    Security analyst
    Six months later
    Senior analyst/team lead in the Denver office
    Three months after
    Security engineer
    Been an engineer ever since, love my job but could use a pay increase :)
  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAMember Posts: 4,016 ■■■■■■■■□□
    About 10 years started doing help desk/desktop support. I'm currently a Cloud Systems Engineer but I'm moving into Management soon.. :)
    *Associate's of Applied Sciences degree in Information Technology-Network Systems Administration
    *Bachelor's of Science: Information Technology - Security, Master's of Science: Information Technology - Management
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  • gkcagkca Member Posts: 243 ■■■□□□□□□□
    17 years, junior web developer, senior sysadmin.
    "I needed a password with eight characters so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves." (c) Nick Helm
  • Madmd5Madmd5 Member Posts: 83 ■■■□□□□□□□
    A little under 4 years; started out as Support Services Intern, now I'm a Network Security Engineer.
  • jb4479jb4479 Junior Member Estes Park, COMember Posts: 10 ■■■□□□□□□□
    19 years, Deskside support/Assistant ISSO (Navy) ---> IT contractor ---> Help desk lead (assistant manager)/tier 3 tech support
  • byron66byron66 CCNA, CCNA SECURITY, A+, N+, SEC+ San AntonioMember Posts: 168 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Almost 2 years, started off as an IT consultant (entered computer information into spreadsheets) but now I got a sweet gig at a non profit doing Desktop support. Oddly enough I do a lot more work here and get paid less than my last job but I don't have to commute an hour to work everyday any more.
    CCNA   A+   N+  Sec+
  • TLeTourneauTLeTourneau Member Posts: 614 ■■■■■■■■□□
    About 20 years, started as a DoD (DFSC) contractor - Systems Engineer. I am currently a Senior IT Systems Engineer with a larger healthcare provider.
    Thanks, Tom

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  • RHELRHEL Member Posts: 195 ■■■□□□□□□□
    7 years, UNIX sysadmin, Sr. UNIX Engineer
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