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  • Z0sickxZ0sickx Security+|CASP+|CISM|CISSP Member Posts: 177 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Z0sickx said:
    Z0sickx said:
    Title: I.T Intern
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Internship for Government
    Company size: don't know
    Age: 20
    Duration: 2 Summers
    How: dad got it for me
    Certs: None
    Education: In community college
    Pay: $15/hr

    Title: Subject matter Expert
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Gov contractor
    Company size: 100k
    Age: 22-27
    Duration: 5 years
    How: Job Fair
    Certs: Sec+
    Education: bachelors
    Pay: $74k before i left

    Title: Senior Security Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40 (sometimes in 50-60 hour range but only when things are going south or work needs to be done)
    Description: Contractor
    Company size: 1000
    Age: 29
    Duration: 2+ years
    How: Linkedin Search
    Certs: Sec+, CASP, CISSP, CEH
    Education: Bachelors
    Pay: currently at $111,000

    current job i had 5% raise first year then 4% raise 2nd year, yes i'm a heavy hitter on my team by no means the top dog
    Title: Senior Security Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40 (sometimes in 50-60 hour range but only when things are going south or work needs to be done)
    Description: Contractor
    Company size: 1000
    Age: 31
    Duration: 3 years
    How: Linkedin Search
    Certs: Sec+, CASP, CISSP, CEH,CISM
    Education: Bachelors
    Pay: currently at $150,000

    got a pay bump back in Jan of 2019...niche skill set deploying SVM tools to enterprise so far have 3 under my belt. More of top dog and customer likes me
    Title: Senior network Security Engineer(but doing architecture and engineering)
    Hour/wk: 40 at least
    Description: Contractor
    Company size: 100000
    Age: 31
    Duration: just started
    How: Old manager asked me to work for home
    Certs: Sec+, CASP, CISSP, CEH,CISM
    Education: Bachelors
    Pay: currently at $180,000


  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Teradata Assc 16, Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014, CSM Member Posts: 2,643 ■■■■■■■■■□
    edited August 2019
    Title: Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40 week
    Description: SQL, Data Warehousing, Data Marts, Statistics, Audits
    Company size: 91,500
    Age: 42
    Duration: 3 months - Current
    How: Corporate recruiter reached to me on LinkedIn.
    Certs: None that I list anymore
    Education: Bachelors/Masters
    Pay: 88,000 with a 10% - 20% bonus.

    Update

    Duration 1 year on the 23rd.

    Pay went up to 89,990 still getting a 10% - 20% bonus. Role has expanded, should be good to go for another year....

    Next stop BI Architect, this could take a while.......
    Ended up lasting ~ 2 years in BI Role.

    Title: Senior Sales Analyst  (Ridiculous title, Tableau developer essentially)
    Hour/wk: 40 week
    Description: Tableau, Business Objects, SAP Order Systems
    Company size: 50,000+
    Age: 43
    Duration: 3 months = Current
    How: Applied company website
    Certs: Tableau, Teradata Database
    Education:  (Only listing Bachelors now)
    Pay: 90,000  (Pay went up a tick but lost the bonus)  Insurance isn't as good either, but its for the greater good  (WFH).  Looking to transition to Jacksonville FL from the Midwest and this is part of the plan.  Once I am local down there and hopefully get a year in this role I may or may not look for another position.  My oldest is getting close to graduating high school and the UF school system looks wonderful and the cost of in-state student's is WOW.  
    Late update....

    Bounced on previous job after 3 months, way better opportunity besides couldn't stand the job, bait and switch.

    Title:  Enterprise Architect
    Age 43
    Hrs a week 40 - 45
    Company Size ~20,000
    Duration 5 months so far
    Education Masters and Bachelors
    Certs Added CSM working on TOGAF
    Pay 140,000 USD


    Bouncing once again, actually made it 6 months!  Keep in mind this was a 3 month contract, that kept rolling every 3 months, next review cycle is Sept 1st.   0 stability, hence the high pay for the locale.

    Title:  Business Systems Analyst (The role is an architect level role this company won't assign that title).  1 year contract, potential 6 months right to hire and/or could role onto another project after 1 year or....   get extended for another year.  This company as far as I understand it, will only keep you on the same project for 2 years.....

    Age 44
    Hrs a week 40
    Company Size ~100,000
    Duration Starting on the 3rd, after Labor Day (US Holiday)
    Education Masters and Bachelors
    Certs None recently, working on BPMN
    Pay ~120,000  USD Took a pay cut

    Reason moving to Jacksonville FL, from St. Louis.  Yes the family and I are VERY excited.  
  • Neil86Neil86 Member Member Posts: 173 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Neil86 said:
    Title: Technology Specialist I
    Age: 31
    Duration: 11 months
    How: Indeed (out of state applicant)
    Company size: ~250
    Description: Only me and another in the IT dept, so everything from desktop support to network support. Great learning experience. Non-profit organization.
    Certs: none, working on CCNA
    Education: A.S. Network Infrastructure
    Pay: $16/hr


    Title: Technology Specialist II
    Age: 32
    Duration: 1 month (currently employed)
    How: Indeed (out of state applicant)
    Company size: ~250
    Description: Same agency as above. DS Support, network infrastructure and admin, cloud services, MDM, security, etc. A very broad role in a department with only two IT guys. Great learning experience.
    Certs: none yet
    Education: A.S. Network Infrastructure
    Pay: $19/hr

    Small past due update:

    Title
    : Technology Specialist II
    Age: 33
    Duration: 2.5 yrs with the agency
    How: Indeed (out of state applicant)
    Company size: 250-300
    Description: Two man IT team. Education based NPO with 25 remote sites in the area. Wore many hats. Everything an anything IT related from A-Z.
    Certs: CCENT, ATSA/IN
    Education: A.S. Network Infrastructure
    Pay: $22/hr (pay raise)

    Left the organization and moved back to my old state. Enjoyed the area a lot but my old grounds felt like home every time I visited. They enjoyed having me and my services and offered me a temporary contract gig providing remote support:

    Title: Contract gig providing remote support and administration for previous employer
    Age: 33
    Duration: 2 month contract with possibility for on-call/as-needed assistance
    Company size: 250-300
    Description: Education based NPO with 25 remote sites in the area. Everything an anything IT related from A-Z.
    Certs: CCENT, ATSA/IN
    Education: A.S. Network Infrastructure
    Pay: $27.50/hr

     After getting some great experience it was much easier finding a job this time around. Had a few offers and chose the one below:

    Title: IT Support Specialist
    Age: 33
    Duration: Started 11/25/19
    How: Indeed (out of state applicant). Phone + in-person interview.
    Company size: ~200
    Description: Telecom engineering company. End user support, hardware/software/device management, various projects. Less responsibilities than before but most of their infrastructure is managed by a larger corp.
    Certs: CCENT, ATSA/IN
    Education: A.S. Network Infrastructure
    Pay: $50000/yr
  • earonw49earonw49 Member Posts: 190 ■■■□□□□□□□
    earonw49 said:
    Timeline Since 2014

    Title: Helpdesk Support Analyst II
    Hours/wk: 40+ (Overtime Approved)
    Description: Call center helpdesk for an IT company who managed hotel, condo and apartment lobby kiosks. We all have to start somewhere!
    Company size: 100
    Age : 23/24
    Duriation: 1 Year
    How: Applied on Careerbuilder.com. Was called in for an interview next week and offered a position the next day.
    Certs: A+
    Education: Associates. Worked on BSIT @ WGU full time during this job position 
    Pay : $30k
    Location: Tennessee

    Title: Information Technology Analyst II / Desktop Suport Engineer II
    Hours/wk: 40+ (Overtime Approved)
    Description: State Government traveling IT support. Project deployment, desktop and helpdesk support as well as some network support.
    Company size: 10000+
    Age : 24
    Duriation: 1 Year
    How: I appled via indeed.com and was contacted a month later by a recruiter. Interviewed two weeks later and got the call that I got the job on my honeymoon, haha!
    Certs: A+, N+, S+
    Education: Associates. Worked on BSIT @ WGU full time during this job position 
    Pay : $35k
    Location: Tennessee

    Title: Launch and Mission IT Administrator II
    Hours/wk: 40+ (Overtime Approved)
    Description: From systems admin to networking to desktop support and logistics, I did everything
    Company size: 5000
    Age : 25
    Duriation: 1 Year
    How: I relentlessly applied for IT positions and contacted (on a professional level) the recruiters and hiring manager on Linkedin. Drove 800 miles to have a quick 30 min face to face, unplanned interview with hiring manager. He liked me a lot and offered me the job on the spot.
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+, P+ Useless CIW certs
    Education: Associates. Worked on BSIT @ WGU full time during this job position 
    Pay : $55k
    Location: Florida

    Title: Professional Development Program:
    Position 1 - Network Engineer II
    Position 2 - Information Security Systems Engineer
    Position 3 - MS Dynamics Security & Development Analyst II
    Hours/wk: 40+ (Overtime Approved, required during Systems Engineer rotation)
    Description: Firewall and security project support as well as project management. Systems security projects and MS Dynamics database management, security and user account support.
    Company size: 95000+
    Age : 26 
    Duriation: 2.5 years
    How: Applied internally for the last 2 rotations. First rotation / got my foot in the door through my wife (works at the company) and a few former work associates.
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+, P+ Useless CIW certs, BSIT @ WGU
    Education: BSIT @ WGU
    Pay : $65k-68k. Note that this position was within a rotational program (glorified post graduate program). The pay does not decrease with the rotation switch. My pay significantly increased once I was hired out of the rotational program.
    Location: Florida

    Title: Information Security Engineer II
    Hours/wk: 40 (Overtime Approved, but rarely needed according to employees I talked to)
    Description: DIACAP, RMF, Goverment Compliance, auditing, scanning and security structure improvement for federal and private Aerospace & Defense contractors.
    Company size: 500+
    Age : 27
    Duriation: 10 months
    How: Previous position was taken from under my feet at the last minute (budget cuts) and I fell back into my old position. Decided to move on from company to the direction I wanted my career to go. Updated my resume, linkedin, and portfolio. Upgraded to linkedin premium and sent the head recruiter(s) my resume and applied for this position via their website and linkedin. They called me for an interview a few days later and after said interview, offered me the job a day later.
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+, P+ Useless CIW certs, CCNA, CCNA:Security
    Education: BSIT @ WGU, MSISA pending late this year
    Pay : $72k+ Bonus Upfront
    Location: Florida

    Title: Seinor Information Assurance Risk Analyst (ISSO)
    Hours/wk: 40 (Overtime is approved and required)
    Description: DIACAP, RMF, JSIG, goverment compliance, auditing, scanning and security structure improvement for a large, top 3 multi-billion dollar Aerospace Defense contractor.
    Company size: 100000+
    Age : 28
    Duriation: Pending Start
    How: I know a couple of internal contacts within the company due to individuals I connected with my work at SpaceX and from my former employer. I reached out to them and landed 3 interviews in 2 weeks and chose my current position between the offers I recieved.
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+, P+ Useless CIW certs, CCNA, CCNA:Security, CISSP pending
    Education: BSIT @ WGU. MSISA in progress, completion pending late 2019
    Pay : $85k + Bonus Upfront
    Location: Florida

    Hoping to get to 100k by the time I am 32 or 33!

    Edit Reason: Clean up the history a bit after 4 years of not posting.
    Update to previous title and new role:

    Title: Senior Information Assurance Engineer (Lvl IV position)
    Hours/wk: 40 (Overtime is approved and is funded)
    Description: DIACAP, RMF, JSIG, government compliance, auditing, scanning and security structure improvement for a large, top 3 multi-billion dollar Aerospace Defense contractor.
    Company size: 100000+
    Age : 29
    Duriation: Pending Start
    How: I reached out to a well known recruiter manager within the company and also an Info Sec director in a different sector than the one I will be working in. Sent in my resume and 3 weeks later, I was offered a position.
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+, P+ Useless CIW certs, CCNA, CCNA:Security, CISSP, CAPM, CEH pending
    Education: BSIT & MSITM @ WGU
    Pay : $110k + Bonus
    Location: Florida
    WGU B.S. IT - Progress: Feb 2015 - End Date Jan 2018
    WGU M.S Cyber Security & Assurance - Progress: March 2019 - End Date June 2019
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Teradata Assc 16, Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014, CSM Member Posts: 2,643 ■■■■■■■■■□
    edited May 2020
    Title: Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40 week
    Description: SQL, Data Warehousing, Data Marts, Statistics, Audits
    Company size: 91,500
    Age: 42
    Duration: 3 months - Current
    How: Corporate recruiter reached to me on LinkedIn.
    Certs: None that I list anymore
    Education: Bachelors/Masters
    Pay: 88,000 with a 10% - 20% bonus.

    Update

    Duration 1 year on the 23rd.

    Pay went up to 89,990 still getting a 10% - 20% bonus. Role has expanded, should be good to go for another year....

    Next stop BI Architect, this could take a while.......
    Ended up lasting ~ 2 years in BI Role.

    Title: Senior Sales Analyst  (Ridiculous title, Tableau developer essentially)
    Hour/wk: 40 week
    Description: Tableau, Business Objects, SAP Order Systems
    Company size: 50,000+
    Age: 43
    Duration: 3 months = Current
    How: Applied company website
    Certs: Tableau, Teradata Database
    Education:  (Only listing Bachelors now)
    Pay: 90,000  (Pay went up a tick but lost the bonus)  Insurance isn't as good either, but its for the greater good  (WFH).  Looking to transition to Jacksonville FL from the Midwest and this is part of the plan.  Once I am local down there and hopefully get a year in this role I may or may not look for another position.  My oldest is getting close to graduating high school and the UF school system looks wonderful and the cost of in-state student's is WOW.  
    Late update....

    Bounced on previous job after 3 months, way better opportunity besides couldn't stand the job, bait and switch.

    Title:  Enterprise Architect
    Age 43
    Hrs a week 40 - 45
    Company Size ~20,000
    Duration 5 months so far
    Education Masters and Bachelors
    Certs Added CSM working on TOGAF
    Pay 140,000 USD


    Bouncing once again, actually made it 6 months!  Keep in mind this was a 3 month contract, that kept rolling every 3 months, next review cycle is Sept 1st.   0 stability, hence the high pay for the locale.

    Title:  Business Systems Analyst (The role is an architect level role this company won't assign that title).  1 year contract, potential 6 months right to hire and/or could role onto another project after 1 year or....   get extended for another year.  This company as far as I understand it, will only keep you on the same project for 2 years.....

    Age 44
    Hrs a week 40
    Company Size ~100,000
    Duration Starting on the 3rd, after Labor Day (US Holiday)
    Education Masters and Bachelors
    Certs None recently, working on BPMN
    Pay ~120,000  USD Took a pay cut

    Reason moving to Jacksonville FL, from St. Louis.  Yes the family and I are VERY excited.  
    Took a LARGE pay cut with Covid on the horizon I couldn't afford to remain a contractor, so I took a FTE role with benefits etc....    The pay is drastically lower, 40k lower, but I had to position myself in this new market, build up some new skills and continue to grow.  

    I've noticed in regards to contracts, I average about 9 months whereas for FTE positions it's almost 2 years.   The contract position is skewed by a couple of 3 month contracts I worked in the past and the FTE numbers are skewed because one FTE position I took was a bait and switch.  Only last there 3 months.  

    Age 44
    Hrs a week 40
    Company ~100,000
    Education see above
    Title (Depends which organization haha)  Financial Analyst or Supply Chain Analyst.  
    Pay 40k less than above...  

    Reason for taking this job, to get back into an FTE role and remain.  At my age I don't feel that bouncing around contracts is a wise idea, until I am getting ready to transition to retirement and then re consider that course of action.  Not to say I won't move to another role from the one I am in, I will but it will have to be FTE.  

    Been in this role for 6 weeks.  

    One more piece I failed to mention.....   My wife has been an RN for 10 years now and is back in the ER for one goal and that is to get into the CRNA program here in North Florida.  She is anticipating trying to apply this August and if not accepted this time around, then next time.  So therefore that was another reason for taking an FTE position with the hopes of getting my foot in the door and then applying to other internal position for more pay......   Maybe back up to where I was before.  :)
  • earonw49earonw49 Member Posts: 190 ■■■□□□□□□□
    edited June 2020
    This thread is full of job hoppers which is bad

    They actually cause financial damage to the company 

    As well as people who Think they are seniors but they are not 
    1. Please educate yourself on proper grammar and sentence structure before you attempt to criticize someone about their career choices. 

    2. A plethora of individuals in this thread have worked hard, sought opportunities and climbed ladders to get to where they are. I am unsure as to what your goal is writing your comment, but I can’t help but detect a hint of jealousy and FOMO.

    3. Sit down and be humble. If you do not have anything constructive (criticism included) to say, don’t say it at all.
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  • earonw49earonw49 Member Posts: 190 ■■■□□□□□□□
    earonw49 said:
    This thread is full of job hoppers which is bad

    They actually cause financial damage to the company 

    As well as people who Think they are seniors but they are not 
    1. Please educate yourself on proper grammar and sentence structure before you attempt to criticize someone about their career choices. 

    2. A plethora of individuals in this thread have worked hard, sought opportunities and climbed ladders to get to where they are. I am unsure as to what your goal is writing your comment, but I can’t help but detect a hint of jealousy and FOMO.

    3. Sit down and be humble. If you do not have anything constructive (criticism included) to say, don’t say it at all.



    Why would i be jealous when i done better than all of them

    You dont know me, so for you to judge someone based on their posts shows how dumb you are.
    Definitely sounds like you have a bit of a dilemma here so I’ll leave you to it “bro”. Good luck buddy!
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  • earonw49earonw49 Member Posts: 190 ■■■□□□□□□□
    earonw49 said:
    earonw49 said:
    This thread is full of job hoppers which is bad

    They actually cause financial damage to the company 

    As well as people who Think they are seniors but they are not 
    1. Please educate yourself on proper grammar and sentence structure before you attempt to criticize someone about their career choices. 

    2. A plethora of individuals in this thread have worked hard, sought opportunities and climbed ladders to get to where they are. I am unsure as to what your goal is writing your comment, but I can’t help but detect a hint of jealousy and FOMO.

    3. Sit down and be humble. If you do not have anything constructive (criticism included) to say, don’t say it at all.



    Why would i be jealous when i done better than all of them

    You dont know me, so for you to judge someone based on their posts shows how dumb you are.
    Definitely sounds like you have a bit of a dilemma here so I’ll leave you to it “bro”. Good luck buddy!

    Sounds ?

    Sounds isnt reality.
    I laughed pretty hard at this one! 
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  • earonw49earonw49 Member Posts: 190 ■■■□□□□□□□
    earonw49 said:
    earonw49 said:
    earonw49 said:
    This thread is full of job hoppers which is bad

    They actually cause financial damage to the company 

    As well as people who Think they are seniors but they are not 
    1. Please educate yourself on proper grammar and sentence structure before you attempt to criticize someone about their career choices. 

    2. A plethora of individuals in this thread have worked hard, sought opportunities and climbed ladders to get to where they are. I am unsure as to what your goal is writing your comment, but I can’t help but detect a hint of jealousy and FOMO.

    3. Sit down and be humble. If you do not have anything constructive (criticism included) to say, don’t say it at all.



    Why would i be jealous when i done better than all of them

    You dont know me, so for you to judge someone based on their posts shows how dumb you are.
    Definitely sounds like you have a bit of a dilemma here so I’ll leave you to it “bro”. Good luck buddy!

    Sounds ?

    Sounds isnt reality.
    I laughed pretty hard at this one! 



    Never argue with an idiot as they will bring you down to their level and beat you with their experience !

    So i will end this with a **** YOU

    But have a nice day
    You have yourself an awesome day, young man!
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  • TechGromitTechGromit GSEC, GCIH, GREM, Ontario, NY Member Posts: 2,028 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Title: Computer Operator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Computer operator for AS/400 mid-frame computer
    Company size: 3,000
    Age: 20-something
    Duration: 15 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: High School, Technical school certification in programming
    Pay: $7.85/hr

    Title: Senior Computer Operator / Hardware tech / System Administrator
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Various titles I held while employed at the same company over 15 years
    Company size: 3,000
    Age: late 30's
    Duration: 15 years same company as above.
    How: Promoted within same company I started with over 15 years
    Certs: A+, Network +
    Education: Some college, no degree.
    Pay : 43k salary when I left.

    Title: Engineer Specialist 4
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: WSUS system Administrator
    Company size: 47,000 +
    Age : late 30's
    Duration: 7 years
    How: Former co-worker/friend recommended me.
    Certs: A+, Network +
    Education: Some College
    Pay : $48k start, mid 60's when I left.

    Title : PC Tech
    Hours/wk: 50
    Description: Contractor for a windows 7 deployment project
    Company size: 30,000
    Age: 42
    Duration: 8 months
    How : Job website, staffing agency I will not name
    Certs: A+, Network +
    Education: Some college
    Pay : $20 a hour, no benefits

    Title : Senior Cyber Security Analyst
    Hours/wk : 40
    Description: Cyber security at a major utility
    Company size: 30,000
    Age : Still in my 40's
    Duration: 18 months and counting
    How: Client employee recommendation to the right manager
    Certs: A+, Network +, obtained GSEC, working on GCIH
    Education: Some College
    Pay: More than I ever earned before with bonuses and great benefits.

    Title : Technical Analyst
    Hours/wk : 40
    Description: Cyber security at a major utility
    Company size: 30,000
    Age : 52
    Duration: 5 + years
    How: Promoted within company 
    Certs: GSEC, GCIH, GREM
    Education: Some College
    Pay: On track to break 130k this year.

    I think one thing that some people do not consider is location. There is someone on this site making 200k+, but Pasadena CA, the COL index is 188.6 and the housing index is 352.8, Where i live in Rochester NY, the COL is 78.4 and the Housing index is 32.5. i would seriously consider the COL before taking another offer, you might make an extra 20 or 30% salary  but be worse off if the COL is high if relocating.

    Still searching for the corner in a round room.
  • MahlalieMahlalie A+, CCNA Jacksonville, FL Member Posts: 6 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I wanted to chime in on this because I found this thread super encouraging when I was starting out a few years ago. 

    Title: Network Technology Specialist
    Age: 29
    Duration: 1 yr
    How: Indeed
    Location: FL
    Company size: < 100
    Description: Primarily bench testing and factory resetting used network and telecom equipment. There was a very little bit of light desktop support, but not much at all. Some cool people, but the job sucked after the first few months. 
    Certs: None
    Education: Some college
    Starting pay: $10/hr
    Ending pay: $12/hr

    Title: IT Technician
    Age: 30
    Duration: 2 yr
    How: Indeed
    Location: FL
    Company size: 10
    Description: JOAT at a small MSP. Servers, networking, desktop support, VoIP, POS, printers,... Learned a TON. 
    Certs: A+, CCENT
    Education: Some college
    Starting pay: $14/hr
    Ending pay: $19/hr

    Title: Network Administrator
    Age: 32
    Duration: Starts next month 
    How: Indeed
    Location: NH
    Company size: ~50
    Description: Small, multi-branch bank. First time they've had an internal network admin. Get to do a switch hardware refresh and network segmentation early on. 
    Certs: A+, CCNA
    Education: A. S. in Computer IT
    Starting pay: $65k/yr

    Initially, the goal of my move from the mortgage industry to IT was to get a job in NH. In three years, I managed to make that happen and more than triple my income in the process. Not always fun and a lot of hard work, but it's definitely doable. 
  • jasonperry10jasonperry10 Member Posts: 60 ■■■□□□□□□□
    edited June 2020

    Title: Tech support Rep
    Age: 26
    Duration: 1 Year
    Location: CO
    Description: Helped customers configure Cable modems, WIFI, Routers, Satelite IRDs
    Education: BS Computer Information Systems
    Certs: Network+

    Starting Pay: $11/Hr
    Ending Pay: $11.50/Hr


    Title: IT Technician/ Senior IT Technician
    Age: 27
    Duration: 2.5 Years
    Location: CO
    Description: Managed Service Provider. Provided support for multiple clients. From PBX VOIP systems, networking, Server, Client, printer maint and wiring/cabling
    Education: BS CIS
    Certs: Network+, Security+, Microsoft Small Business Server 2008, Digium and switchVox certs

    Starting pay: 30K
    Ending Pay 38K


    Title: System Administrator
    Age: 29
    Duration: 5 Years
    Location: CO
    Description: Server and desktop administration. Printer maintenance
    Education: MS IT cybersecurity, BS CIS
    Certs: CISSP, OSCP, CEH, Linux+, Network+, Security+, ITIL V3, Microsoft Small Business Server 2008, Digium and switchVox certs

    Starting Pay: 55K
    Ending Pay 58K


    Title: IT Systems Engineer Senior
    Age: 35
    Duration: 3 Years
    Location: CO
    Description: Provided OP Support for Multiple applications including Azure MFA, DUO, ADFS, ETC
    Education: MS IT Cybersecurity, BS CIS, Specialized training in specific products
    Certs: CISSP, OSCP, CEH, Linux+, Network+, Security+, ITIL V3

    Starting pay: 65K
    Ending Pay: 87K  - Base Salary. Bonus - Up to 30% base salary for a total of 113K


    Title: IT Systems Engineer Lead
    Age: 38 Years
    Duration: Current
    Location: CO
    Description: Became SME on Password Sync, Azure MFA, DUO, ETC.
    Education: MS IT Cybersecurity, BS CIS, Specialized training in Azure, and related products I support
    Certs: CISSP, OSCP, CEH, Linux+, Network+, Security+, ITIL V3

    Starting Pay: 101K - Base Salary. Bonus - Up to 30% base salary for a total of 131K
    Ending Pay: Current

  • coreyb80coreyb80 Member Posts: 646 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Title: Helpdesk
    Hour/wk: 40 with on call rotation
    Description: Contractor then converted to FTE
    Company size: 300
    Age: 33
    Duration: 6 years
    How: Head Hunter
    Certs: None
    Education: HS
    Pay: Started @ $45K and ended $62K

    Title: Desktop Support Engineer 
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: FTE
    Company size: 1000
    Age: 38
    Duration: Currently
    How: Head Hunter
    Certs: A+, Net+, Sec+, Proj+, CCNA
    Education: 15 credits away from Bachelors
    Pay: currently at $82K

    Once I wrap up my bachelors in the next few months it'll be time to move on to greener pastures.  Great company, but opportunities limited due to company being based in the UK

    WGU BS - Network Operations and Security
    Completion Date: May 2021
  • SoCalGuy858SoCalGuy858 CISSP, GCIH, GSEC, Project+ The TriangleMember Posts: 150 ■■■□□□□□□□
    edited January 13
    I last posted on here a bit over two years ago (October 2018) after getting laid off and then, one month later, finding a new role with a +60% raise.  Now, after two years in that role, I pivoted into a new job with the federal government.  Looking back on this, and my posts on here dating back to 2013.... it's crazy to see how things have changed!

    Title: Computer Support Technician
    Hour/wk: 20
    Description: Computer guy and semi-tech support for local MSP with varied types of clients.
    Company size: 3
    Age: 18-19
    Duration: 10 months
    How: Knew somebody.
    Certs: None
    Education: High School Diploma
    Pay: 13/hr

    Title: Technical Support (officially: Technical Liaison)
    Hour/wk: 20
    Description: JOAT responsible for all end-user PCs, tech support, A/V, physical security systems, and production IT systems (PCs / label printers).
    Company size: ~50 (200+ if you count non-end user production technicians).
    Age: 19-20
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: This company was a client of my previous company; wanted someone in-house for the non-server, non-networking stuff.
    Certs: None
    Education: High School Diploma
    Pay: Started @ 13.50/hr, ended @ 14.25/hr

    Title: Systems Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40+, including after-hours on-call Monday-Monday once every ~8 weeks.
    Description: JOAT w/ all of the responsibilities of the previous job, now including servers, and multiple engineering applications (SW & HW).
    Company size: ~400 (supported entire enterprise but directly responsible for 100+ / ~25 servers at 3 global sites in my business unit).
    Age: 20-22
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Knew somebody.
    Certs: None when I started. Obtained Associate of (ISC)2 - SSCP (almost done w/ endorsement); A/N/S+, VCA-DCV, and 2 MTAs
    Education: High School Diploma
    Pay: Started @ 21.63/hr FT w/ OT (45k); Ended @ 57k salaried.

    Title: Information Security Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40; no on-call
    Description: Newly established InfoSec department; just me at the Director; building policy framework from the ground up; personally responsible for vulnerability management and the majority of our security awareness program.
    Company Size: ~400
    Age: 22-23 (present)
    Duration: 3.5 years
    How: Previous boss (Director of IT) moved into Director of Security role and needed help.
    Certs: Same as above. Company paid for SANS SEC-401, about to take the GSEC soon.
    Education: Professional Certificate in Information Systems Management (local univ.); 6 credits away from AAS degree.
    Pay: Started with same 57k as above and will end with a final salary of $65,000
    Bonus: Got the approval to work from home, so I'll be moving across the country to a much lower COL area than I'm in now. Woot!

    Title: Sr. Cyber Security Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Well-established, 65-year old mutual insurance firm that caters to rural and agriculture communities. I'll be working with their management team to improve existing security processes and separate the joint IT/security team currently in existence.
    Company Size: ~3300, IT staff of ~130
    Age: 26
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Had a working relationship with staffing firm recruiter for quite some time now and was referred based on my background.
    Certs: Same as above.
    Education: Professional Certificate in Information Systems Management (local univ.); Professional Certificate in Cyber Security (MIT); 10 credits away from BSCIA at WGU
    Pay: $102,000
    Bonus: Fully employer-funded pension (~33% of salary deposited into account per year), employer-paid health insurance premiums which you keep until 65 if you retire at 55, paid SANS training / conferences.

    Title:  Threat Operations Specialist/Workstream Lead
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Incident response team member for USPS.  I perform technical duties relating to DFIR when the SHTF; support our law enforcement staff with forensics-related tasks; and also serve as a workstream/task lead responsible for our program POA&M for cyber risk remediation.
    How: Applied like everyone else and almost lost out to someone with Veterans Preference; but he ended up declining.  Also, being able to pass a Tier 5/Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI).
    Company size: 600,000
    Age: 28
    Duration: 1.5 weeks and counting!
    Certs: CISSP, GCIH, SSCP, Project+
    Education: Professional Certificate in Information Systems Management (local univ.); Professional Certificate in Cyber Security (MIT); 10 credits away from BSCIA at WGU
    Pay: $110,000
    LinkedIn - Just mention you're from TE!
  • ElitisElitis S+ Pentest+ CCENT CCNA eJPT eCPPT OSCP Member Posts: 49 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I used to look at this thread a few years back for encouragement and to see everyone's progress. I definitely do not have the most typical path but it'll be interesting to look back at this in a few years and see where I'm at.

    Title: Technical Controller / Network Administrator
    Hour/wk: Varied
    Description: Set up, configure, troubleshoot and maintain LANs, WANs, switches, and routers. Brief senior leadership on metrics on occasion. Run cat-5 cables. USMC
    How: My local recruiter's office
    Company size: 180,000
    Age: 18-23
    Duration: 5 years
    Certs: A+, Network+, Security+ at the start. CCENT, CCNA, Security+, Pentest+, eJPT, eCPPT, OSCP towards the end
    Education: High School
    Pay: Towards the end roughly $30k
    Bonus: No real living expenses

    Title: Offensive Cyber Operator (Pentester)
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Penetration testing web apps, and infrastructure for both private sector and government
    How: Applying and interviewing
    Company size: < 100
    Duration: 2 months so far
    Certs: Same as above and a security clearance
    Education: Lots of lower-level credit, no degree
    Pay: $100,000 
    Bonus: Employer-match for 401k, Fully-Remote
     
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