Timeline: Your IT Career Progression

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  • kMastaFlashkMastaFlash Posts: 1,012Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    If you are looking to start your IT career, you should look into some certifications. Reference CompTIA's certification tracker to start to plan out your track for certifications. CompTIA Career Pathways
    2018: CCSK
    2019: CWSP,Cloud+,Project+,CASP,PenTest+,CWNA,CCNA Security,GXPN,GREM
    2021: LPIC-2,JNCIS-ENT,eLearnSecurity Courses
  • hell911hell911 Posts: 83Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    If you are looking to start your IT career, you should look into some certifications. Reference CompTIA's certification tracker to start to plan out your track for certifications. CompTIA Career Pathways

    I know and I have planned to earn certain certifications before I graduate, but didn't knew about that career pathways link. Thanks!
  • kMastaFlashkMastaFlash Posts: 1,012Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    No problem!!! Only in college so not to shabby
    2018: CCSK
    2019: CWSP,Cloud+,Project+,CASP,PenTest+,CWNA,CCNA Security,GXPN,GREM
    2021: LPIC-2,JNCIS-ENT,eLearnSecurity Courses
  • katiessskatiesss Posts: 13Banned ■□□□□□□□□□
    so inspirational
  • katiessskatiesss Posts: 13Banned ■□□□□□□□□□
    Title: Juniot tech
    Hour/wk: 35 hours
    Description: Support technican at a firm
    Company size: 3 -5
    Age: 18
    Duration: close to 3 months
    How: googled for local firms in my area and contacted them for volunteer experience
    Certs: MS certs
    Education: None
    Pay: zero dollars i volunteered.

    Title:Engineer
    Hours/wk: 40 +
    Description: specalist in cloud work.
    Company size: 34 ppl its a firm
    Age: 23
    Duration: just started
    How: applied online
    Certs: MS Certs (havent achieved a certificate since 7 plus years ago the last cisco one i tried to achieve i failed icon_sad.gif )
    Education: None
    Pay : $ 80k plus
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,091Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Education: BSME
    Certs: See left

    Title: Network/Sys admin
    Description: Maintained and built out Network, Windows and virtual infrastructure
    Company size: small
    How: Recruiter
    Age: 37
    Pay : $42k

    Title: Windows System Engineer
    Description: Built a few virtual infrastructure
    Company size: medium
    How: Recruiter
    Age: 38-40
    Pay : $65-117k

    Title: Senior Consultant
    Description: Virtualization SME
    Company size: Global
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 40-41
    Pay : $171k
    2018 Certification Goals: Maybe VMware Sales Cert
    "Simplify, then add lightness" -Colin Chapman
  • DeathmageDeathmage Posts: 2,496Banned
    Title: IT Coordinator
    Description: Maintain a small Newspaper companies IT infrastructure
    Company size: small
    Certs: none
    How: Job Posting
    Age: 24
    Pay : $32k

    Title: System Administrator
    Description: System Administrator for a boarding school, that encompassed all aspects of IT
    Company size: small
    Certs: ACTS
    How: job posting site
    Age: 25
    Pay : $35k

    Title: IT Manager
    Description: inital hired as a Junior help desk but then Senior Administrator left suddenly and roles got thrown at me and I lead IT in aspect of system/network/help desk/telecommunications as-well as install, configure, and managing all aspect of the IT infrastructure.
    Company size: Large
    Certs: A+, N+, S+
    How: Job posting
    Age: 25-29
    Pay : Initially 40k upon leaving 50k.

    Title: Network Engineer
    Description: all encompassing engineer, not just with networking but with systems and deployments
    Company size: really small
    Certs: ICM 5.1
    How: job posting
    Age: 29
    Pay : $50k

    Title: VMware/Network Solution Engineer
    Description: worked with a local MSP that was all project based
    Company size: Very Large
    Certs: VCP5-DCV
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 29
    Pay : $76 an hour, 1099.

    Title: Senior System Administrator
    Description: responsible for all aspects of IT in the senior capacity including network/system/virtualization installation, configuration, and design as well as maintaining security and telecommunication relationships.
    Company size: Large
    Certs: CCNA (In progress), MCSA (In progress) - employer wants me to have these by the end of the year for a sizable pay increase promise of 15%.
    How: job posting
    Age: 29
    Pay : $62k
  • aderonaderon CISSP, CCNA:S, CCNA:R&S, AWS:CSA Assoc, Sec+, Lin+, A+, Net+, Proj+ Posts: 404Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Title: Network Intern
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Cisco equipment (routers, switches, WAPs) physical installation and configuration
    Company size: <75
    Age: 17
    Duration: 2 weeks
    How: Facilitated through community college
    Certs: None
    Education: Still in high school and college
    Pay: Volunteer


    Title: Technical Support Representative I
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: ISP support for residential and business customers
    Company size: 10,000+
    Age: 22
    Duration: 1 year 1 month
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: None
    Education: A.S. Certificate in Microcomputer Repair/Installer
    Pay: $12.75/hour + commission + pay for performance


    Title: Technical Support Representative II
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Technical lead for enterprise accounting software product
    Company size: 10,000+
    Age: 23
    Duration: 7 months
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: Net+, Sec+
    Education: A.S. Certificate in Microcomputer Repair/Installer
    Pay: $16.25/hour + commission


    Title: Technical Support Engineer I
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Technical support for enterprise storage vendor
    Company size: 10,000+
    Age: 24
    Duration: 8 months so far (Current employer)
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: A+, Net+, Sec+, MTA: Windows OS, CIW WFA
    Education: A.S. Certificate in Microcomputer Repair/Installer
    Pay: $18.50/hour
    2019 Certification/Degree Goals: AWS CSA Renewal (In Progress), M.S. Cybersecurity (In Progress), CCNA R&S Renewal (Not Started)
  • joelsfoodjoelsfood Posts: 1,025Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Title: PC Repair
    Hour/wk: 5-10
    Description: Small residential PC Repair Company
    Company size: <55
    Age: 16-18
    Duration: <2 years
    How: Went to school with owner
    Certs: None
    Education: During High School
    Pay: $5-10/hr

    Title: PC Repair
    Hour/wk: 10-15
    Description: Repaired PCs for a small resale/pawn type shop
    Company size: <100
    Age: 18
    Duration: <1 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: High School
    Pay: $8-9/hr

    Title: Network Technician
    Hour/wk: 10-30
    Description: PC Repair, Network setup, system administration for a private university
    Company size: <300
    Age: 19-23
    Duration: ~4 years (not 42)
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None at start, but while there earned: A+, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, CNA5/6, CNE5/6
    Education: In college
    Pay: $6-9/hr

    Title: Network Technician
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: IT tech for a small MSP
    Company size: <10
    Age: 23
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, CNA5/6, CNE5/6
    Education: BS
    Pay: 28,000/yr

    Title: Assistant Director I/S
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: System administrator and PC repair for a collection company
    Company size: <200
    Age: 23-26
    Duration: <4 yrs
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, CNA5/6, CNE5/6
    Education: BS
    Pay: 28,000/yr - 38,000/yr

    Title: LAN Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: IT tech for a single division of a large corporate company - System administration and PC repair
    Company size: 10,000
    Age: 26-27
    Duration: ~1 year
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, CNA5/6, CNE5/6
    Education: BS
    Pay: 70,000/yr (moved locations from OKC to Chicago)

    Title: Network Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Managed ~500 device (switches and routers, tens of thousands of PCs) campus network in Kuwait
    Company size: 7500
    Age: 27-28
    Duration: 7 months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, CNA5/6, CNE5/6, CCNA
    Education: BS
    Pay: 125,000/yr

    Title: Principal System Administrator
    Hour/wk: 50
    Description: Senior Systems and Storage administrator, as well as consulting architect on side
    Company size: 90,000
    Age: 28-34
    Duration: <6 years (still there)
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, CNA5/6, CNE5/6, CCNA, CCNP, VCA, VCP, JNCIA, Storage+
    Education: BS
    Pay: 78,000-140,000/yr (and I expect to raise that again this year)
  • aderonaderon CISSP, CCNA:S, CCNA:R&S, AWS:CSA Assoc, Sec+, Lin+, A+, Net+, Proj+ Posts: 404Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    joelsfood wrote: »
    Title: Network Technician
    Hour/wk: 10-30
    Description: PC Repair, Network setup, system administration for a private university
    Company size: <300
    Age: 19-23
    Duration: 42 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None at start, but while there earned: A+, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, CNA5/6, CNE5/6
    Education: In college
    Pay: $6-9/hr

    42 years? now that's dedication icon_wink.gif
    2019 Certification/Degree Goals: AWS CSA Renewal (In Progress), M.S. Cybersecurity (In Progress), CCNA R&S Renewal (Not Started)
  • joelsfoodjoelsfood Posts: 1,025Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    lol, good catch. that one was about 4. :)
  • NetworkNewbNetworkNewb They are watching you Posts: 3,237Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Title: Systems Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: First IT Job, first level support
    Company size: <300
    Age: 26
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+
    Education: BS: CIS
    Pay: $16/hr

    Title: Technical Support Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40 (contract position)
    Description: Very large company, pretty much a call center...
    Company size: 40,000+
    Age: 28
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+, Network+
    Education: BS: CIS
    Pay: $21/hr

    Title: Systems Support Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: I'm pretty much the whole IT Dept. Do absolutely everything from managing servers to setting up computers for new people.
    Company size: <200
    Age: 29
    Duration: been here almost 1 year
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+, Network+
    Education: BS: CIS
    Pay: $45k (starting to feel underpaid... I do live in the midwest so its not terrible. But will probably look for another position after I get my CCNA this summer)
    GCIH | CCNA:Sec | Net+/Sec+/A+ | CCSK
    Goals in progress: MSc in Computer Science (specializing in Cyber Ops) , CISSP
  • techfiendtechfiend Posts: 1,481Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    NetworkNewb: There are a lot of underpaid joats in the twin cities. I'm also one of them for a smb making a bit less than you. It's my first it job and a great learning experience. The guy I'm replacing, who's made a 20 year career of being a joat has told me not to get stuck in that position. Even with his experience he's barely making ends meet.

    45K is comfortable for some areas of the cities like northern, but if you live around the hottest it spot, around edina, it barely pays the bills.

    Infosec jobs are starting to flourish around here. There's more hits for cissp then for mcsa and ccna. Unfortunately most are looking for 5+ years experience.

    Also read a lot of local companies are bringing their IT back inhouse because it's become cheaper than outsourcing. Not sure if that's good or bad for those in our position.
    2018 AWS Solutions Architect - Associate (Apr) 2017 VCAP6-DCV Deploy (Oct) 2016 Storage+ (Jan)
    2015 Start WGU (Feb) Net+ (Feb) Sec+ (Mar) Project+ (Apr) Other WGU (Jun) CCENT (Jul) CCNA (Aug) CCNA Security (Aug) MCP 2012 (Sep) MCSA 2012 (Oct) Linux+ (Nov) Capstone/BS (Nov) VCP6-DCV (Dec) ITILF (Dec)
  • GreaterNinjaGreaterNinja Posts: 271Member
    Title: College Helpdesk
    Hour/wk: 20
    Description:
    Company size: >250
    Age: 17-20
    Duration: 3 years on and off
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+
    Education: High School - in college
    Pay: $6.50, then ended up at $7.38/hour
    Title: Point of Sales Installer
    Hour/wk: 50
    Description: Installed Store registers and self checkout machines + servers, UPS, etc…dirty job…but fun.
    Company size: >250
    Age: 22
    Duration: few months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+
    Education: Associates degree in Mathematics
    Pay: $15/hour
    Title: Desktop Support II & III
    Hour/wk: 40-45
    Description: Desktop Support level 2 and then Tier 3 exec and conference support
    Company size: >250
    Age: 22-24
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+
    Education: Associates degree in Mathematics
    Pay: $20.18/hour
    Title: Service Desk Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-45
    Description: programmed thin clients, administrated POS servers and application servers, administrated SAP, SQL accounts…learned a lot..but one hellish job.Company size: >250
    Age: 25
    Duration: 7 months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+
    Education: Associates degree in Mathematics
    Pay: $23/hour
    Title: Sr. IT Engineer
    Hour/wk: 50
    Description: setup a tele video conference network for the military to receive behavioral health therapy and prescriptions remotely, won a $1 million bonus and allowed the parent company I worked for to earn a 17.3 billion USD contract for 5 years. got burned out bad at this job.
    Age: 26
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+
    Education: Associates degree in Mathematics
    Pay: $30/hour
    Title: Desktop Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-45
    Description: creating the corporate image for a $3 Billion USD revenue company. creating scripts, packages, and jobs using batch files, vbscript and some powershell. administrating deployment server, mbam server, etc. Doing Desktop Support, Network Support, Desktop Engineering, Some system Admin work and some Infosec / Patch management projects.
    Age: 30-32
    Duration: 26+ months - current
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+, Security+, Dell DCSE, MCP, MCTS
    Education: Bachelors in Mathematics, working on M.S. Information Security Assurance through WGU
    Pay: ~81k/yr W2, no benefits
    Title: Owner of a tech services business
    Hour/wk: 20-60
    Description: Created a company that had 7 figure revenue for 2014. Business is volatile and I am switching gears toward school, virtualization, networking, SA and InfoSec.
    Age: 31-32
    Duration: 15+ months
    How: Had the balls to take the risk.
    Certs: Network+, Security+, Dell DCSE, MCP, MCTS
    Education: Bachelors in Mathematics, working on M.S. Information Security Assurance through WGU
    Pay: ~180k/yr
  • DeathmageDeathmage Posts: 2,496Banned
    Title: College Helpdesk
    Hour/wk: 20
    Description:
    Company size: >250
    Age: 17-20
    Duration: 3 years on and off
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+
    Education: High School - in college
    Pay: $6.50, then ended up at $7.38/hour
    Title: Point of Sales Installer
    Hour/wk: 50
    Description: Installed Store registers and self checkout machines + servers, UPS, etc…dirty job…but fun.
    Company size: >250
    Age: 22
    Duration: few months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+
    Education: Associates degree in Mathematics
    Pay: $15/hour
    Title: Desktop Support II & III
    Hour/wk: 40-45
    Description: Desktop Support level 2 and then Tier 3 exec and conference support
    Company size: >250
    Age: 22-24
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+
    Education: Associates degree in Mathematics
    Pay: $20.18/hour
    Title: Service Desk Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-45
    Description: programmed thin clients, administrated POS servers and application servers, administrated SAP, SQL accounts…learned a lot..but one hellish job.Company size: >250
    Age: 25
    Duration: 7 months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+
    Education: Associates degree in Mathematics
    Pay: $23/hour
    Title: Sr. IT Engineer
    Hour/wk: 50
    Description: setup a tele video conference network for the military to receive behavioral health therapy and prescriptions remotely, won a $1 million bonus and allowed the parent company I worked for to earn a 17.3 billion USD contract for 5 years. got burned out bad at this job.
    Age: 26
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+
    Education: Associates degree in Mathematics
    Pay: $30/hour
    Title: Desktop Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-45
    Description: creating the corporate image for a $3 Billion USD revenue company. creating scripts, packages, and jobs using batch files, vbscript and some powershell. administrating deployment server, mbam server, etc. Doing Desktop Support, Network Support, Desktop Engineering, Some system Admin work and some Infosec / Patch management projects.
    Age: 30-32
    Duration: 26+ months - current
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+, Security+, Dell DCSE, MCP, MCTS
    Education: Bachelors in Mathematics, working on M.S. Information Security Assurance through WGU
    Pay: ~81k/yr W2, no benefits
    Title: Owner of a tech services business
    Hour/wk: 20-60
    Description: Created a company that had 7 figure revenue for 2014. Business is volatile and I am switching gears toward school, virtualization, networking, SA and InfoSec.
    Age: 31-32
    Duration: 15+ months
    How: Had the balls to take the risk.
    Certs: Network+, Security+, Dell DCSE, MCP, MCTS
    Education: Bachelors in Mathematics, working on M.S. Information Security Assurance through WGU
    Pay: ~180k/yr

    My eyes, give us some spaces....
  • kly630kly630 Posts: 72Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Title: IT Extern
    Hour/wk: 24
    Description: IT support for public hospital
    Company size: >1000
    Age: 25
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: Bachelors in mathematics
    Pay: $16/hour

    Title: Network Specialist I
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: IT support for public hospital
    Company size: >1000
    Age: 25
    Duration: 1 year
    How: promoted
    Certs: MCSA (2k3), CCNA
    Education: Bachelors in mathematics
    Pay: $47K / year

    Title: ERP Analyst/SQL programmer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Analyst supporting SAP Business One implementations
    Company size: 10
    Age: 26
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: MCSA (2k3), CCNA, SAP certified application associate, sugarCRM implementation consultant
    Education: Bachelors in mathematics, Masters in computer science
    Pay: $40K / year

    Title: Application Development Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: General work in IT services center for large tech firm
    Company size: > 100,000
    Age: 29
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: MCSA (2k3), CCNA, SAP certified application associate, sugarCRM implementation consultant
    Education: Bachelors in mathematics, Masters in computer science
    Pay: $40K / year

    Title: System Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Work on vmware/storage team in cloud services/hosting datacenter
    Company size: > 1,000
    Age: 30
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Networking/Knew someone
    Certs: MCSA (2k3), SAP certified application associate, sugarCRM implementation consultant, LPIC-1, RHCSA, VCA-DCV
    Education: Bachelors in mathematics, Masters in computer science
    Pay: $50K / year
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Posts: 2,772Mod Mod
    Title: PC Specialist/Network Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: JOAT for a small envelope manufacturer
    Company size: 250
    Age: 23
    Duration: 14 months
    How: Internal applicant
    Certs: None
    Education: AS Computer Networking
    Pay: 32k

    Title: Sr. Technical Support Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Second level desktop support for Financial firm
    Company size: 100K+
    Age: 24
    Duration: 20 months
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: None
    Education: AS Computer Networking
    Pay: 50k

    Title: Sys/Data Security Analyst II
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Security access control and IAM for the same Financial firm
    Company size: 100K+
    Age: 26
    Duration: 20 months
    How: Internal applicant
    Certs: None, but got Network+, Security+, CISSP, and ITIL F while in this position.
    Education: AS Computer Networking. Completed my BS in Business Administration while in this position.
    Pay: 57k

    Title: AVP - Information Security Risk Management
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Information security risk management and GRC for large Financial firm.
    Company size: 250K+
    Age: 32
    Duration: 8 months
    How: Internal applicant
    Certs: CISSP, CEH, CHFI, ITIL F
    Education: BS in Business Administration while in this position.
    Pay: 72k

    Title: Sr. Information Security Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Security administration, project management, audit, etc for a governmental firm.
    Company size: 1500
    Age: 32
    Duration: Current
    How: Recruiter
    Certs: CISSP, CEH, CHFI, ITIL F
    Education: BS in Business Administration while in this position.
    Pay: 83k


    Always trying to keep moving up. The 8 months at my previous employer was solely due to wanting to relocate back to Jacksonville.
    Have: CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, eJPT, GCIA, GSEC, CCSP, CCSK, AWS CSAA, AWS CCP, CEHv8, CHFIv8, ITIL-F, MS Cyber Security - USF, BSBA - UF, MSISA - WGU
    Currently Working On: Python, OSCP Prep
    Next Up:​ OSCP
    Studying:​ Code Academy (Python), Bash Scripting, Virtual Hacking Lab Coursework
  • markulousmarkulous Posts: 2,389Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Title: Support Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Reset passwords, minor browser troubleshooting
    Age: 30
    Duration: 3 months
    Certs: None
    Education: AS IT
    Pay: $10 an hour

    Title: Desktop Support
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Temp job, migrating XP to 7 for a large company
    Age: 30
    Duration: 3 months
    Certs: None
    Education: AS IT
    Pay: $16 an hour


    Title: Service Desk Technician
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Remote End-user support
    Age: 30
    Duration: 8 months
    Certs: None
    Education: AS IT
    Pay: $16 an hour


    Title: Service Desk Level 2
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Take escalations for mainly end user issues, some server stuff, managing a small team
    Age: 31
    Duration: Current
    Certs: MTA: OS, S+, N+, CCENT, Project+
    Education: AS IT
    Pay: 45k

    Not huge jumps in pay, but I think if I continue to learn and apply knowledge I should be able to get 10k+ within a year. I've gotten more certs as well.
  • nelson8403nelson8403 Posts: 220Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Title: Geek Squad CIA
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Tier 1 (if that) work
    Age: 20
    Duration: 5 years
    Certs: None
    Education: AS IT
    Pay: $13 an hour

    Title: Desktop Support
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Regional PC Tech, setup computers, small networking
    Age: 25
    Duration: 5 years
    Certs: CCNA, CCNA Voice
    Education: none
    Pay: $20 an hour

    Title: Family Construction JOAT
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: JOAT less than 200 employees setup servers, webapps, computers networking etc..
    Age: 29
    Duration: 1 year
    Certs: none (CCNA lapsed)
    Education: none
    Pay: 60k

    Title: Network Security Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Firewall, IDS setup, application settings
    Age: 30
    Duration: Current
    Certs: CISSP, CCNA, CCNA Security
    Education: BS - IT Security
    Pay: 75k
    Bachelor of Science, IT Security
    Master of Science, Information Security and Assurance

    CCIE Security Progress: Written Pass (06/2016), 1st Lab Attempt (11/2016)
  • chmodchmod Posts: 360Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Title: Help Desk Technician
    Description: Small online company, i started on the marketing dpmt but i was staying after hours helping the sys admin with the help desk issues and then with the hosting issues and new requirements(the majority of services were hosted locally).
    Company size: less than 50 persons.
    How: Knew someone.
    Age: 19

    Title: Technical Support Engineer
    Description: First TAC support for HP proliants then TAC Support for HPUX.
    Company size: +5000
    How: Applied online, as i learned a lot of linux in my previous job i was able to pass the tech exam required to get hired.
    Age: 20

    Title: System Administrator
    Description: I was hired to support all the linux systems but then they fired the other sys admin and i had to support also the M$ boxes for the 3 countries, then i implemented asterisk with aheeva so i was in charge of the VoIP infrastructure.
    Company size: +2000
    How: Applied online.
    Age: 21

    Title: IT consultant
    Description: Presales and implementation engineer for a Cisco/M$ partner.
    Company size: 15 employees
    How: A former college professor recommended me, the company wanted to start selling asterisk/aheeva solutions so they were looking for an engineer with experience in VoIP, linux and off course asterisk.
    Age: 23

    Title: Core Enginner
    Description: Implementation and O&M for a managed network of an ISP. Promoted to Team Leader
    Company size: +2000
    How: Applied online.
    Age: 24

    Title: Project Manager
    Description: In charge of the projects,budget and contracts related to telecom of 8 countries, also i became the fulfillment responsible for the related telecom/IT services for the internal clients.
    Age:25

    Title: Solutions Engineer
    Description: Develop/Plan/Design telecom solutions for ISPs, in some cases/technologies i also work in the implementations phase (VoLTE, HD voice, CDN's, FTTx, IPTV, MPLS, Sip Trunking) also i have to define and control implementation budget and timelines.
    How: Former boss wanted me back. Made the right offer.
    Age: 26 (close to 3 years now).
  • JeanMJeanM Posts: 1,117Member
    Title - Customer service rep in a local mom and pop computer store.
    Description - sell computer hardware/software upgrades, worked the cash register, then started helping out in the store repair/upgrade dept. first job out of high school, while attending college.
    Company - small
    How - found it by going door to door with my resume , first job. Got my A+ cert here.
    Age - 18
    Pay - 8-9 an hour
    Duration - 1 year

    Title - Tech support for Earthlink ISP
    Description - windows tech support at a local Earthlink ISP call center/help desk.
    Company - large
    How - found through local contracting agency, 3 months later went perm. Quit as the shift was not working out with college schedule.
    Age - 19
    Pay - 9-14 an hour
    Duration - 1 year


    Title - Computer technician for Gateway Computers
    Description - worked as a technician at a couple local Gateway computer stores. Got my MCP here.
    Company - large
    How - saw a listing, applied in person
    Age - 20-23
    Pay - 40k with full benefits.
    Duration - 3 years, left due to company wide store closures.


    Title - IT Analyst for a local County
    Description - Started in internal help desk, then 6 or so months after got promoted into Windows AD/Exchange account admin position, then 6-8 month later moved into project/security related position. Then finally moved into Server/SCCM/Application packaging role and WSUS. Got my Network+ and Security+ certs here. Got laid off when the economy started to tank.
    Company - govt
    How - through a contracting agency contact from previous job.
    Age - 23-28
    Pay - 40-60k with full benefits.
    Duration - 5-6 years.


    Title - IT Analyst for a local Healthcare company
    Description - Got my foot in the door with local help desk working as AD/Exchange account admin and as escalation team for internal help desk. After about 9 months moved into the NOC/TOC area working on Systems side for system/network device monitoring. Setting up BMC monitoring system in QA/Prod env. Got my CCENT here.
    Company - large
    How - through a contracting agency
    Age - 28-30
    Pay - 40-47k with full benefits
    Duration - 3 years


    Title - Escalations Support Engineer
    Description - Escalations engineer for internal help desk teams. Then moved into a project role. Got my CCNA here.
    Company - Fortune 500 networking company.
    How - got contacted by someone working in the company to see if I wanted to join.
    Age - 30 to current
    Pay - 71-80k with full benefits
    2015 goals - ccna voice / vmware vcp.
  • lo_____ollo_____ol Posts: 7Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Title: Helpdesk Technology Assistant at College (part time)
    Hours/wk: 15
    Description: Assist student body with technical issues. Provide central point of contact for IT department.
    Company size: 500+
    Age: 18-20
    Duration: < 3 Years
    How: Word of mouth at my college
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - In College
    Pay : $9/hr


    Title: Classrooms Technology Assistant (part time)
    Hours/wk: 15
    Description: Assist classrooms with tech related issues.
    Company size: 500+
    Age: 19-20
    Duration: < 2 years
    How: Promoted in. Word of mouth.
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - In College
    Pay : $9/hr


    Title: Information Technology Assistant (intern/temp)
    Hours/wk: 30 - 40
    Description: Assist IT department with new campus computer upgrades.
    Company size: 500+
    Age: 20
    Duration: < 3 months
    How: Word of mouth. Recommended by staff.
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - In College
    Pay : $9/hr


    Title: Point of Sale Deployment Technician (contracted)
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Responsible for providing tier 2 support and rolling out machines to stores across US.
    Company size: 500+
    Age: 21
    Duration: < 3 Years
    How: Browsing online Craigslist
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - In College
    Pay : $20/hr

    Title: IT Support Specialist (full time)
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Responsible for providing support to end users.
    Company size: 500+
    Age: 22
    Duration: Present
    How: Reached out by recruiter by posting resume online at Indeed.com.
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - In College
    Pay : 55k Salary
  • vColevCole Posts: 1,574Member
    Title: Help Desk Technician
    Description: Internal desktop support.
    Company size: 1000+
    How: Applied while I was in college
    Age: 21
    Pay : $13/hour to start, $14/hr after 3 months.

    Title: IT Support Specialist
    Description: Internal desktop support and junior sysadmin tasks.
    Company size: 200
    How: Hired after being at my first job for 9 months.
    Age: 22
    Pay : $17/hour

    Title: IT Support Specialist II
    Description: Internal desktop support and junior sysadmin tasks.
    Company size: 300
    How: Applied through CareerBuilder.com
    Age: 22
    Pay : $19/hour

    Title: Network Analyst
    Description: Mid-level SysAdmin
    Company size: 1000-5000
    How: Applied through Monster.com
    Age: 23
    Pay : 56K/year

    Title: IT Consultant
    Description: SMB Consulting
    Company size: 5
    How: Browsing Craigslist after my previous company was purchased.
    Age: 23
    Pay : 55K/year

    Title: NetApp
    Description: Mid-level SysAdmin
    Company size: 10000+
    How: Contacted by a recruiter
    Age: 24
    Pay : $30/hr

    Title: IT/Network Administrator
    Description: Mid-level SysAdmin
    Company size: 200
    How: Applied directly
    Age: 24
    Pay : $50K/year (Moved to another state and all I could find for work)

    Title: Engineering Support Systems Administrator
    Description: Mid-level SysAdmin
    Company size: 10000+
    How: Spoke to my previous manager when I moved back home.
    Age: 25
    Pay : $43/hr

    Title: Systems Administrator III
    Description: Mid-level SysAdmin
    Company size: 5000+
    How: Applied directly.
    Age: 26
    Pay : $85000/year

    Title: Systems Administrator IV (Same company)
    Description: Senior SysAdmin
    Company size: 5000+
    How: Promoted
    Age: 28
    Pay : $91400/year
  • E Double UE Double U Posts: 1,538Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Title: Helpdesk Intern
    Hour/wk: 25
    Description: Answered calls and opened tickets
    Age: 18
    Duration: less than 1 year
    How: Godmother's brother pulled me in
    Education: In college
    Pay: I think it was $7/hourly, no benefits


    Title: Contractor
    Hour/wk: 40; during June push I worked 80 hours in a 6 day work week
    Description: Built, delivered, & installed IBM/Lenovo pc's for LA school district
    Age: 23 - 25
    Duration: 2+ years
    How: Mother's boyfriend introduced me to his friend that had his own company; offered me a job working for him
    Certs: Got A/N+, MCDST
    Education: Just finished B.S. in Bus Admin: Info Sys
    Pay: $12/hourly, no benefits


    Title: Contractor
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Dell workstation refresh (backed up data from old machines and transferred to the new; installed software); setup HP printers
    Age: 25
    Duration: 2 -3 months
    How: Guy that I worked with at former employer told me about the position; interviewed w/ boss & team lead
    Pay: $19/hourly, no benefits


    Title: Customer Support Analyst / Team Lead
    Hour/wk: only 40 req'd, but I regularly worked 60
    Description: NOC/global support (called circuits out to telco and a lottttt of other stuff); highlight - went to Mumbai to give training
    Age: 26 - 29
    Duration: 4 years
    How: Recruiter got me the interview w/ shift mgr & team lead
    Certs: CCNA, ITIL
    Pay: $24/hourly with great benefits


    Title: Complex Configuration Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Migrate customers from old network to new MPLS network; all Cisco routers/switches
    Age: 29 - 31
    Duration: 1 year, 6 months
    How: Applied internally when NOC role was being offshored; interview w/ 2 config managers
    Pay: $57k annually w/ benefits


    Title: Security Systems Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: SOC (worked on Cisco, Check Point & Bluecoat equipment)
    Age: 31 - 32
    Duration: 8 - 9 months then laid off after position was offshored
    How: Contacted friend in the SOC when the config work was being offshored; interviewed w/ SOC manager & team lead
    Certs: CCSA
    Pay: $58k annually w/ benefits


    Title: Info Sec Analyst
    Hour/wk: only 40 req'd, but I usually put in an extra 90 minutes daily voluntarily
    Description: Cisco ASA, Symantec (DLP, web/email gateway), MDM, NVR/DVR, RSA, bldg access
    Age: 32 - 34 (current)
    Duration: 2 years and counting
    How: Sent an email to HR w/ my resume & cover letter; interviewed w/ CISO, Net Serv VP, Info Sec Analyst, & HR VP
    Certs: CCNA/P Security; working on CISSP now
    Pay: $34/hourly w/ benefits
    Alphabet soup: CISSP, CCSP, CISM, CISA, GPEN, GCIA, GCIH, GCCC, CEH, etc

    "You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try." - Homer Simpson
  • wolfinsheepsclothingwolfinsheepsclothing Posts: 155Member
    Title: Help Desk Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Typical Tier 1 stuff
    Age: 24-25
    Duration: 8 months; then hired as a SysAd
    How: Applied online
    Certs: Net+/Sec+
    Pay: $58k

    Title: Linux System Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Mixed OS Environment (Red Hat // Windows // OSX)
    Age: 25-31
    Duration: 6 years; then hired as a SysEngineer
    How: Applied online
    Certs: Net+/Sec+/LPIC-1/Linux+
    Pay: $70k

    Title: System Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Red Hat environment
    Age: 32
    Duration: 1 year (current)
    How: Applied online
    Certs: Net+/Sec+/LPIC-1/Linux+/RHSCA/RHSCA-RHOS/ACE-PANOS
    Pay: $115k
  • RomBUSRomBUS Posts: 699Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Title: Field Technician/Jr. Sys Admin
    Hr/week: 40+a lot of overtime
    Description: First IT gig. Fast paced learning, put out there in real world environments/high pressure situations quickly. Since we were small I was lead IT person when head consultant was not in attendance
    Age: 22-23
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: MCP, and some Windows 2003 certs on my way to become MCSE
    Pay: Started at 22k, finished at 27k

    Title: Installer/Configuration Tech (seasonal contract)
    Hr/week: 40
    Description: After fallout from first IT job (killed my economy), needed money fast. Found a job for easy contract work working for Dept. of Education
    Age: 23
    Duration: 3.5 months
    How: Applied and interviewed (2x)
    Certs: A+ was a necessity
    Pay: 20k

    Title: Network Technician
    Hour/wk: 40+
    Description: Struggled at finding work for about a year after contract position. Then found this: First MSP job. Loved the company, met some cool people out of this. Was let go because of "restructuring" as they say
    Age: 25
    Duration: 1 year, 8 months
    How: Applied and interviews(3x)
    Certs: Network+, completed MCSE: Security. Started working on Windows 2008 EA
    Pay: 30k+benefits


    Title: Computer Network Engineer (fancy title for Sys. Admin for this company) (contract)
    Hour/wk: 40+overtime
    Description: Another MSP. Day-to-day user support and taking care of their server administration needs for one of their clients. Eventually performed an infrastructure move for them and then was let go
    Age: 25
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None
    Pay: 40k

    Title: Network Admin
    Hour/week: 40+lots of overtime
    Description: First job being part of in-house IT staff. Generalist position
    Age: 25-29 (current)
    Duration: 3+ years and counting
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Windows Server 2008 EA, MCSA: Windows 7, couple of MCTS ones, studying for CCENT
    Pay: a smidge over 50k(+benefits)
  • FloOzFloOz Posts: 1,614Member
    FloOz wrote: »
    I love these kind of threads :) Always interesting to see others progression in the IT world.

    Title: Computer Systems Intern
    Description: Senior year of college internship. Worked with Telecom, Desktop, and Network teams. Got a good feel for the industry.
    Company size: 1500+
    How: Knew someone + I worked here during the summers previously as a filer clerk.
    Age: 20
    Pay : $11 an hour

    Title: Desktop Engineer
    Description: Desktop support work with some networking thrown in.
    Company size: 1500+
    How: Same job as where I had my internship
    Age: 21
    Pay : 42k

    Title: Network Engineer
    Description: Changed jobs to get into networking. Worked with Nexus and other Cisco tech.
    Company size: 1500+
    How: monster.com
    Age: 22-23
    Pay : 52k

    Title: Network Administrator
    Description: Changed jobs to work at a company that will look great on my resume and also get amazing experience. Daily work is routing/switching changes.
    Company size: 1500+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 23-24 (just turned 24)
    Pay : 70k

    Just took a new position to add to the above

    Title: Senior Network Engineer
    Description: Professional Services side of things
    Company size: 1500+
    How: Recruiter
    Age: 25 (just turned)
    Pay : 85k + commission
  • aderonaderon CISSP, CCNA:S, CCNA:R&S, AWS:CSA Assoc, Sec+, Lin+, A+, Net+, Proj+ Posts: 404Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    aderon wrote: »
    Title: Network Intern
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Cisco equipment (routers, switches, WAPs) physical installation and configuration
    Company size: <75
    Age: 17
    Duration: 2 weeks
    How: Facilitated through community college
    Certs: None
    Education: Still in high school and college
    Pay: Volunteer


    Title: Technical Support Representative I
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: ISP support for residential and business customers
    Company size: 10,000+
    Age: 22
    Duration: 1 year 1 month
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: None
    Education: A.S. Certificate in Microcomputer Repair/Installer
    Pay: $12.75/hour + commission + pay for performance


    Title: Technical Support Representative II
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Technical lead for enterprise accounting software product
    Company size: 10,000+
    Age: 23
    Duration: 7 months
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: Net+, Sec+
    Education: A.S. Certificate in Microcomputer Repair/Installer
    Pay: $16.25/hour + commission


    Title: Technical Support Engineer I
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Technical support for enterprise storage vendor
    Company size: 10,000+
    Age: 24
    Duration: 9 months
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: A+, Net+, Sec+, MTA: Windows OS, CIW WFA
    Education: A.S. Certificate in Microcomputer Repair/Installer
    Pay: $18.50/hour

    Very excited to add this to the list above:

    Title: NOC Technical Support II
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Network and server farm monitoring
    Company size: 200~
    Age: 25
    Duration: (Current employer)
    How: Applied online
    Certs: A+, Net+, Sec+, Lin+, Proj+, LPIC-1, MTA: Windows OS, CIW WFA
    Education: A.S. Certificate in Microcomputer Repair/Installer
    Pay: $43,000/year
    2019 Certification/Degree Goals: AWS CSA Renewal (In Progress), M.S. Cybersecurity (In Progress), CCNA R&S Renewal (Not Started)
  • bmnaughtbmnaught Posts: 21Banned ■□□□□□□□□□
    Wow




    Amazing how people succeed in thisi site fast
  • goatamagoatama Posts: 181Member
    Alright, here's mine. I'm leaving off my call center work, because ew. :D

    Title: Counter Intelligence Agent / Double Agent
    Hour/week: 40
    Description: In-store Geek Squad Tech, then transitioned to In-home
    Age: 24
    Duration: 2.5 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+
    Education: High School
    Pay: $10/hr - $14/hr + benefits


    Title: Computer/Network Technician
    Hour/week: 40
    Description: Desktop tech for school district
    Age: 27
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Recommended by friend, applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+
    Education: High School, Some College
    Pay: $16.50/hr + some benefits


    Title: Systems Administrator
    Hour/week: 40
    Description: Sysadmin for same school district
    Age: 28
    Duration: 2.5 years
    How: Restructured my position and pay based on duties performed
    Certs: A+ - Net+, Sec+, ACMT during
    Education: High School, Some College
    Pay: $37,000 + some benefits


    Title: Technical/Security Support Analyst
    Hour/week: 40+
    Description: Exchange, AD, Websense admin for local gov't, then transitioned to VMware, storage, security admin (vulnerability assessments, firewalls, pentests, assorted compliance activities, etc.)
    Age: 30
    Duration: 3.5 years
    How: Former boss from school district recruited me
    Certs: A+, Net+, Sec+, ACMT - C|EH, CCNA, CCNA:Sec, VCP5-DCV, NCDA, Project+, Linux+, Mobility+, TCNA during
    Education: High School, Some College - Finished AAS and BS during
    Pay: Start - $52,000; End - $63,000 + benefits


    Title: Sr Information Security Engineer
    Hour/week: 40
    Description: Security guru for state gov't
    Age: 34
    Duration: Current (<1 month so far)
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+, Net+, Sec+, C|EH, CCNA, CCNA:Sec, VCP5-DCV, NCDA, Project+, Linux+, Mobility+, TCNA
    Education: BS, working on MS
    Pay: $84,000 + benefits
    WGU - MSISA - Done!!
    Next up: eCPPT, eWDP, eWPT, eMAPT
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