Timeline: Your IT Career Progression

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  • 2230622306 Posts: 223Member
    Title: Field Tech
    Hour/wk: When Ever
    Description: Geek Squad Type of Job + more (as i was the .
    Company size:
    Age: 18-25
    Duration: 8 years
    How: Knew The Owner
    Certs: NONE
    Education: High School
    Pay: all depended on how many calls i took (1099)


    (contract)
    Title: Tier 1
    Hour/wk: 40 hours per week
    Description: regular tier 1 job ( but because of my previous exp, in a week or so i was the best in the team.
    Company size:45k
    Age: 26
    Duration: 2 years
    How: friend hooked me up
    Certs: NONE
    Education: High School
    Pay: 35k + benefits


    (same company just moved to another team)
    Title: System Admin (Jr SCCM engineer)
    Hour/wk: 40 Hours per week
    Description: Package and deploy applications using sccm 2012 and troubleshooting applications.
    Company size:
    Age: 28
    Duration: 8 years
    How: tier 1 manager hooked me up
    Certs: A+, Cloud+, Linux+, Project+, Security+, CCNA RS, CCNA SEC,
    Education: BS-WGU (1 class left)
    Pay: 52k + benefits

    Planning on moving after i finish my BS. hopefully i will be gone in 3-4 months from now. i am underpaid but my team is very good and manager doesn't care when you come in or what you do as long as you are delivering (completing tasks that are assigned to you)

  • IristheangelIristheangel ABL - Always Be Labbin' Pasadena, CAPosts: 4,098Mod Mod
    Title: Jr admin
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Small little job at a small lil company but a decent springboard to other jobs
    Company size: Under 25 people
    Age: 26
    Duration: 1-1.5 years
    How: Luck. The co-owner saw I was interested in computers when I showed up for a customer service position and gave me a dual role. It wasn't much in terms of pay but I got a second job during the graveyard shift to earn my A+, Network+, Security+ and Linux+
    Certs: Started out with none, left with A+, N+, S+ and L+
    Education: High School
    Pay: $12.50/Hour




    Title: Security Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Job at a larger hospital system. It wasn't super exciting but it afforded me time to get my degree done and had tuition reimbursement
    Company size: 5,000+ people
    Age: 27-ish
    Duration: 2.5 years
    How: Started as a contractor and ended as a FTE
    Certs: Started with A+, N+, S+ and L+, Left with MCSE, CCNA and CISSP
    Education: High School to start, BS when I left
    Pay: ~50K




    Title: Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-80 (depending on the week)
    Description: Larger property management company with a LOT of different complex network issues. Definitely trial by fireeeeee
    Age: 29
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Started as a contractor and ended as a FTE
    Certs: Started with A+, N+, S+, L+, MCSE, CCNA and CISSP and left when I had a couple more CCNAs and a CCNP R&S
    Education: BS when I started, MS when I left
    Pay: $110K


    Title: System Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-60 (depending on the week)
    Description: Large fortune 100 company :)
    Age: 31 when I started (33 now turning 34 this year)
    Duration: 2 years so far
    How: I went to an open house for this company for demoing new products and I hunted down the local manager like a heat sinking missile and got him to interview me :) If that hadn't have worked, I knew another manager in the company I might have started to have chased after
    Certs: Started with A+, N+, S+, L+, MCSE, a couple CCNAs, CISSP, CCNP R&S and have added a CCNA DC, CCNP DC and CCIE DC. Hoping to add a CCIE Security and CCIE R&S to that in the future
    Education: BS, MS and I'll probably never chase after another degree
    Pay: $180K last year (looking to break $200K this year), great bonuses in general, great benefits, great culture, etc - I honestly don't see myself changing companies in the future since there doesn't appear to be a ceiling I'll be hitting anytime soon with this company.
    BS, MS, and CCIE #50931
    Blog: www.network-node.com
    Bonus TE Fun: Nerd Photos
  • markulousmarkulous Posts: 2,375Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    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, Exchange, DNS, firewalls, some end user issues also
    Age: 31
    Duration: 11 Months
    Certs: MTA: OS, S+, N+, CCENT, Project+
    Education: AS IT
    Pay: 45k

    Title: Technical Support Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Desc: Work for VMware supporting various products, mainly View
    Age: 32
    Duration: Current (6 months so far)
    Certs: CCNA R&S, CCNA S, Linux+, N+, P+, S+, MTA OS, etc
    Education: BS IT Security
    Pay: 65k-70k after bonuses

    Trying to transfer to infosec so probably looking at around the same pay for the next job, but should be able to hit 100k within a couple years.
  • OmniTechOmniTech Posts: 26Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Title: System Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-60 (depending on the week)
    Description: Large fortune 100 company :)
    Age: 31 when I started (33 now turning 34 this year)
    Duration: 2 years so far
    How: I went to an open house for this company for demoing new products and I hunted down the local manager like a heat sinking missile and got him to interview me :) If that hadn't have worked, I knew another manager in the company I might have started to have chased after
    Certs: Started with A+, N+, S+, L+, MCSE, a couple CCNAs, CISSP, CCNP R&S and have added a CCNA DC, CCNP DC and CCIE DC. Hoping to add a CCIE Security and CCIE R&S to that in the future
    Education: BS, MS and I'll probably never chase after another degree
    Pay: $180K last year (looking to break $200K this year), great bonuses in general, great benefits, great culture, etc - I honestly don't see myself changing companies in the future since there doesn't appear to be a ceiling I'll be hitting anytime soon with this company.

    180K? Jesus... that's awesome. Definitely inspiring.
  • Danielh22185Danielh22185 Posts: 1,195Member
    Title: Help Desk Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40-50
    Description: Basic desktop support role involving support with email, passwords, general issues, etc
    Age: 25
    Duration: 2 years
    Certs: Started with CCENT, left with CCNA
    Education: 2 years of college focused on Cisco Network topics (Cisco Net Academy)
    Pay: $16/hr starting as a front line analyst, ended with $25/hr as a Tier 2 Tech / Team Lead

    Title: Enterprise Network Monitor / Team Lead
    Hour/wk: 40-55+
    Description: Monitor fortune 100 company's network for major alarms, action alarms, do minor level network troubleshooting, also co-managed a team of 8 other network monitor techs.
    Age: 27
    Duration: 1.5 years
    Certs: CCNA
    Education: 2 years of college focused on Cisco Network topics (Cisco Net Academy)
    Pay: $45/hr starting as a Contractor, settled in at $32/hr as FTE

    Title: Network Operations Engineer I
    Hour/wk: 40-55+
    Description: Formal escalation point for monitor teams, troubleshoot / resolve network issues, mostly hardware replacement and simple fixes, exposure to a vast array to different network platforms such as all flavors imaginable of Cisco, Juniper, Riverbed, Citrix Nexscalers, F5 Big-IP, Arista, etc
    Age: 29
    Duration: 1 year
    Certs: CCNA
    Education: 2 years of college focused on Cisco Network topics (Cisco Net Acedemy)
    Pay: $45/hr starting as a Contractor, settled in at $32/hr as FTE

    Title: Network Operations Engineer II
    Hour/wk: 40-55+
    Description: Formal escalation point for Level 1 Network Ops Engineers, troubleshoot / resolve network issues at higher level, responsible for resolving 95% of all network impacting issues affecting the firm, hardware replacements, OS upgrades, deep exposure to vast array of different network platforms such as all flavors imaginable of Cisco, Juniper, Riverbed, Citrix Nexscalers, F5 Big-IP, Arista, etc
    Age: 30
    Duration: 1.5 years so far
    Certs: CCNA Partial CCNP Completion
    Education: 2 years of college focused on Cisco Network topics (Cisco Net Academy)
    Pay: $35/hr as FTE


    The next tier of support for my company is basically in my hands, however this year I need to crack down on learning more at a higher level to secure that. Big money soon to come! LOL!
    Currently Studying: IE Stuff...kinda...for now...
    My ultimate career goal: To climb to the top of the computer network industry food chain.
    "Winning means you're willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else." - Vince Lombardi
  • techfiendtechfiend Posts: 1,481Member
    Title: Desktop Support / Sys Admin
    Hour/wk: 25-30
    Description: Started with desktop support, was doing most of the server work after a month
    Age: 34
    Duration: 1 year
    Certs: A+
    Education: AAS
    Pay: $18 an hour

    Title: Sys Admin / Engineer
    Hour/wk: 30-35
    Description: vsphere, server 2012, rhel, managed switches
    Age: 35
    Duration: 2 months in
    Certs: VCP-DCV Linux+ MCSA CCNA
    Education: BS
    Pay: salary that amounts to more than double my previous hourly wage

    Goal is $100k+ by 2018 or 37 years young
    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)
  • Nightflier101BLNightflier101BL Posts: 134Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Title: PC Technician
    Hour/wk: 40+ on-call
    Description: Did everything - network, systems, servers, PC's, etc.
    Company Size: 300+
    Age: 31
    Duration: 2.5 years
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: CCNA R&S, CCENT, Network+
    Education: AAS in progress
    Pay: $32K


    Title: Network/Systems Administrator
    Hour/wk: 44
    Description: Cisco networking, VMware, Unix/Linux servers, Windows Server, some end-user PC support
    Company Size: 100+
    Age: 34
    Duration: current (9 months)
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: CCNA Security, CCNA R&S, CCENT, Security+, Network+, Project+
    Education: AAS still in progress
    Pay: 65K no benefits (open-ended contract)
  • kohr-ahkohr-ah Posts: 1,277Member
    Title: Jr System Admin
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Desktop work, exchange and Blackberry Server, basic networking work, 1 man team
    Age: 26
    Duration: 1 years
    Certs: A+, N+, CCNA, MCP
    Education: Attending college at the time
    Pay: $15/hr


    Title: System Support Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-60+
    Description: Monitor corporate networks, deploy new networks for corporations, created cloud department for MSP
    Age: 27 - 31
    Duration: 4 years
    Certs: CCNA, CCNA+SEC, CCNP Route exam
    Education: 2 years of college with AAS in Networking
    Pay: $40k p/yr ended at 55k p/yr


    Title: Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Part of 4 man team support global corporation in all network aspects. Cisco, Nexus, Arista, Juniper, CENTOS
    Age: 31 - 32
    Duration: 3 months (company merged and was letting us go. I left)
    Certs: CCNP Route and Switch
    Education: 2 years of college with AAS in Networking
    Pay: 65k/yr


    Title: Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 50/w
    Description: Sole engineer for Fortune 1000 where I control hub and spoke bgp network I created, 8000 pieces of equipment, Aruba, Juniper, CENTOS, Cisco, Nexus, F5, Riverbed, Checkpoint, and more
    Age: 32 - 34
    Duration: 2 years so far (Looking to leave)
    Certs: CCNP, CCDA, CCDP
    Education: 2 years of college with AAS in Networking
    Pay: 85k/yer plus 14k bonus per year.
  • v1ralv1ral Posts: 116Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Had a "quarter-life Crisis" and went back to school 2 years ago for IT. I have other jobs since I was 19, but totally unrelated to IT.


    Title: Systems Admin Intern
    Hours/wk: 24
    Age: 25
    Duration: 6 months
    Description: Manage Sharepoint and other CRM servers.
    Certs: None
    Education: Was working on my AAS in Network Technology and Administration
    How: Internship program at my local CC.
    Pay: $15/hr


    Title: Datacenter NOC/SOC Intern
    Hours/wk: 40
    Age: 26
    Duration: 8 mo
    Description: Manage Cisco, F5, Fluke, Zabbix, Checkpoint systems.
    Certs: Started with none, after 3 mo I earned my CCNA.
    Education: Was working on my AAS in Network Technology and Administration
    How: Internship program at my local CC.
    Pay: $15/hr


    Title: IT Engineer
    Hours/wk: 40
    Age: 27
    Duration: 9 mo so far, this is my current position.
    Description: Escalation point for helpdesk and desktop support groups.
    Certs: CCNA and Sec+
    Education: AAS in Network Technology and Administration
    How: Career counselor at my local CC.
    Pay: $45k/year + benefits and bonuses. (My 1st job out of school)
  • no!all!no!all! Posts: 245Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    First IT Position:
    Title: Help Desk

    Hours/wk: 40
    Age: 27
    Duration: 1 year
    Description: Worked for local county government answering the help desk line
    Certs: A+ Net+
    Education: Working towards Sec+
    Pay: $10/hr

    Current Position:
    Title: Desktop Support
    Hours/wk: 40
    Age: 30
    Duration: 3.5 years
    Description: Provide support for 300+ end users/manage data center redundancy equipment (UPS, ATS, CRAC's)
    Certs: A+ Net+ Sec+ CCENT CCNA
    Education: none
    Pay: Started at $17/hr worked my way to $25 where I'm at currently
    A+, N+, S+, CCNA:RS, CCNA:Sec

    "In high society TCP is more welcome than UDP. At least it knows a proper handshake" - Ben Franklin

    2019 Goals: CCNP:RS & relocate to St. Pete, FL!
  • and1play5and1play5 Posts: 18Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    --Started Bachelors (Computer Science)---

    Title: PC Tech
    Hour/wk: 30
    Description: Basic PC virus removal, part replacement (desktop & laptop)
    Age: 18
    Duration: 7 months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Pay: $10

    Title: Mac Specialist/Personal Trainer
    Hour/wk: 30
    Description: Sold apple computers & gave lessons on them for customers (1hr sessions)
    Age: 19-23
    Duration: 4 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Pay: $15

    --Took about 1.5years off school--

    Title: Junior System Admin
    Hour/wk: 35
    Description: System admin at a local university for the academic tech office
    Age: 23
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Pay: $20

    --Transferred & Started WGU (IT Network Security)--

    Title: System Admin
    Hour/wk: 30
    Description: System admin for a realty company
    Age: 26
    Duration: 4 months
    How: Friend put me on, applied and got it
    Pay: $20

    Title: Data Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Data gathering and organization for a University hospital
    Age: 26
    Duration: 1 month
    How: Recruiter contacted me
    Pay: $18

    --Got my A+, Linux+ (3in1), CCENT, CCNA--
    Title: DevOps Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40+
    Description: DevOps & NOC monitoring & administration (AWS)
    Age: 27
    Duration: 3 months to current
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Pay: $37


    Never give up!!! I had to lock myself in the crib for about 3years of pure hard study to get where I am...If you want to put in the work, the results are waiting for you.
  • MitechniqMitechniq Posts: 286Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I hope this reads well, I am trying to depict how my Civilian Career and my Air Force Career have progressed side by side throughout the years. My next step is to become a Security Solution Architect.


    Title: Avionic Technician Air Force (Active Duty)
    Hour/wk: 40-60
    Description: Communication Equipment on a 747
    Age: 17
    Duration: 4 Years 8 Months
    How: Recruiter
    Pay: 23K to 32K



    Title: Unit Manager (Call Center)
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Southern California Edison
    Age: 22-23
    Duration: 1 year 6 Months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Pay: 27K a Year
    Title: Network Specialist Air Force (Reserve)
    Hour/wk: Weekend
    Description: Radio, Network, Satellite
    Age: 22-27
    Duration: 5 Years
    How: Palace Chase, Transfer from Active Duty
    Pay: 5k a Year



    --AAS Information Technology Central Texas College—
    --MCP, CompTia A+, Network +--

    Title: Red Hat Linux System Admin (Junior to Senior)
    Hour/wk: 40-50
    Description: Linux
    Age: 24-27
    Duration: 3 years and 8 Months
    How: Applied and interviewed, they needed a person with a clearance. I had no Linux experience
    Pay: 48K – 67K (Lots of Overtime to Support Military Exercises)

    --BS Information Technology WGU—
    --RHCSA--




    Title: Oracle DBA
    Hour/wk: 40-50
    Description: Pretty much a JOAT but
    focused on Oracle/Linux/WebSphere
    Age: 28 - 32
    Duration: 4 and 6 Months
    How: Recruiter/HR saw my resume on WorkinTexas.com
    Pay: 76K – 84K
    Title: Cyber Officer Air Force (Guard)
    Hour/wk: Weekend
    Description: Radio, Network, Satellite
    Age: 28-33
    Duration: 5 Years
    How: Applied, Interviewed, Commissioned
    Pay: 10k a Year



    --MS Information Assurance WGU—
    --ISC2 CISSP—



    Title: Senior Security Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Research, Design and Implement New Security Technologies
    Age: 33
    Duration: Present
    How: Internal Recruiter/HR from my previous company
    Pay: 106K
    Title: Cyber Warfare Officer Air Force (Guard)
    Hour/wk: Weekend
    Description: Cyber Protection Team
    Age: 33
    Duration: Present
    How: Applied, Interviewed
    Pay: 12k a Year
    Title: Adjunct Faculty Computer Science (Security)
    Hour/wk: 10-15
    Description: Teach Firewalls, IPS, Security +
    Age: 33
    Duration: Present
    How: Applied, Interviewed, Same college I got my Associate from 10 years ago
    Pay: 8k a Year

  • jcundiffjcundiff Posts: 484Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Title: Sports Editor/Editor
    Hour/wk: 60+
    Description: Weekly newspaper sports writer/editor, extra duties were keeping two offices computers up and working in order to meet publication deadlines
    Age: 24-25
    Duration: 1.25 years
    Certs: None
    Education: Some college
    How: Applied and Interviewed
    Pay: $250 / week plus limited expenses


    Title: Tech Support Analyst > Tech Support Supervisor
    Hour/wk: 40+
    Description: Tech support for major PC manufacturers and promoted to supervisor
    Age: 26-30
    Duration: 4 years
    Certs: A+, Network+, Server +, Project+, eBiz +, iNet+, MCP, MCSA(W2K), MSCE(W2K)
    Education:Some college
    How: Applied & Interviewed
    Pay: $10/hour start, 28K/year end


    Title: Client Services >Production Environment Manager (Incident, Problem, & Change Management)
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Service Restoration, Problem Management, Enterprise Change Manager for Voice and Data delivery for 59 global contact centers
    Age: 30-38
    Duration: 8 years
    Certs: none added
    Education:Some college
    How: Internal interviews from previous position
    Pay: 35K-45K


    Title: Incident Manager
    Hour/wk: 40+
    Description: Lead Incident Management process, facilitated service restoration, responsible for NOC BC/DR plans
    Age: 39-40
    Duration: 15 months
    Certs: ITIL Foundations V3
    Education:Some college
    How: Headhunter called, I interviewed
    Pay: $52,700 - $59,500


    Title: Lead ITIL/Governance Advisor (GRC Lead)
    Hour/wk: 40+
    Description: PCI/FFIEC/SSAE-16/SOX/etc, Vendor Security reviews (offshore & domestic), Risk Acceptances, Archer eGRC developement, BC-DR,etc
    Age: 40-42
    Duration: 3 years
    Certs: PCIP, RSA Archer
    Education:Some college
    How: Internal interviews
    Pay: $71K -$83K (Variable comp included for both)


    Title: Lead Threat Intelligence Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Gather Intelligence (IOCs, TTPs, etc) on APTs and other threats to the firm/industry (Financial Services), produce daily information security briefing for C-Level and Sr Leaders, produce threat intelligence reports within CSO org and LoBs, etc
    Age: 42-44
    Duration: 1.75 years
    Certs: CISSP, CRISC soon (application submitted and in process)
    Education:Some college, starting WGU 07/01/16 pursuing BS IT-Sec
    How: Told CSO that I wanted the open slot, he said "It's Yours!"
    Pay: $91K (Variable Comp included)
    "Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn't Work Hard" - Tim Notke
  • jabokimjabokim Posts: 56Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    First IT Position:
    Title: Remote Services Technician

    Hours/wk: 40
    Age: 27
    Duration: 2 months
    Description: For Support.com; fixing customers issues with their WAPs
    Certs: A+
    Education: Working towards Bachelors degree and Network+
    Pay: $9/hr

    Title: Help Desk / Jr. Network Administrator
    Hours/wk: 40
    Age: 27
    Duration: 1 year
    Description: Started off as help desk but then got promoted.
    Certs: A+, Network+
    Education: Working towards Bachelors degree, Security+, CCENT/CCNA
    Pay: $12.50, then after promotion it was 35k salary

    Title: Network Engineer II
    Hours/wk: 40
    Age: 28
    Duration: 1 year
    Description: Real estate company. Supporting the network all the branches of the business.
    Certs: A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA R&S
    Education: Working towards Bachelors and CCNA Security
    Pay: $57k salary

    Current Position:
    Title: Network Engineer V
    Hours/wk: 40 (all work from home)
    Age: 29
    Duration: Just started
    Description: Working for a large bank with network projects.
    Certs: A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA R&S, CCNA Security
    Education: Working towards Bachelors and CCNP R&S
    Pay: $70k salary
  • catscapscatscaps Posts: 11Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Career Change at the age of 37 years old, with no certifications or IT background. Came up with a plan, and it is working out. Not the easiest, but with discipline, you can move forward.

    Title: Social media/Technology Support

    Hours/wk: 15-20
    Age: 37
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: emailed and asked if they were looking for help
    Description: Started off social media, and soon managed computer and network setup
    Pay: $14

    While working part time, I studied and was certified
    A+, Network+, MTA Server 2008, Mac Integration

    Title: IT Tech
    Hours/wk: 40
    Age: 38
    Duration: current
    How: Indeed.com, Applied and interviewed
    Description: Desktop support with patchmanagement and Jr Sys Admin responsibilities
    Certs: MCSE Win 7 Desktop
    Education:
    Pay: $22 with full benefits
  • Kinet1cKinet1c Posts: 604Member
    Originally worked in finance, retrained in IT through an unemployment service here in Ireland. Obtained A+ and Network+ certifications during this and got exposure to windows server. I took self employed route initially and outlined progress from there. Money is in euros.

    Title: Self employed
    Hour/wk: Anything from 20 - 60 hours per week
    Description: SME support and PC Tech
    Company size: 1
    Age: Mid-late 20s
    Duration: 3 years
    How: Built a website, used adwords :)
    Certs: A+/Network+
    Education: High school equivalent
    Pay: Anything from 0 to 400/day



    Spoke with a contractor I knew who recently gave up self employment and I was having doubts of my own at the time about working for myself so gave it a shot.


    Title: 3rd Level Desktop Support
    Hour/wk: 40/week. On call too but only got 2 calls in a year
    Description: Desk side support, 99.999% Win7 based but a little mac support too.
    Company size: 40k+, my location had about 500.
    Age: 30
    Duration: Just over a year
    How: Referred by a contractor I knew
    Certs: A+/Network+ - worked on CCNA, JNCIA and ITIL-F while here.
    Education: High school equivalent
    Pay: 40k plus bonus plus oncall - total was over 50k.

    Not enough networking experience was coming my way in my role as most of it was being managed in another country so I started looking elsewhere.


    Title: NOC
    Hour/wk: 12 hours shifts, 4 on - 4 off (nights included)
    Description: Monitoring about 5000 servers for alerts in an online company, highly sensitive to outages
    Company size: 4000
    Age: 31
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Applied directly as it was a company I was interested in joining.
    Certs: A+/Network+/CCNA/JNCIA/ITIL-F - Obtained Linux+/LPIC1 while here
    Education: High school equivalent
    Pay: 45k

    Night work for a year was hell and a recruiter got in touch, I took a chance - no more night shifts and more money :)



    Title: NOC
    Hour/wk: 40/week - 4 on-3 off
    Description: Monitoring about 3000 devices
    Company size: 2000
    Age: 32
    Duration: 11 months
    How: Approached by a recruiter on linkedin
    Certs: A+/Network+/CCNA/JNCIA/ITIL-F/Linux+
    Education: High school equivalent
    Pay: 57k


    While night work was gone, even irregular shift work was taking it's toll and there was no option for mon-fri so I started looking for a job in a very small company which would get me exposure to a lot of technologies while being fun also.

    Title: Operations Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40/week
    Description: AWS, scripting, monitoring, chef
    Company size: 200
    Age: 33
    Duration: Present
    How: Applied directly having searched for smaller company as I wanted a lot of exposure to different things. Rigorous interview process but got through it.
    Certs: A+/Network+/CCNA/JNCIA/ITIL-F/Linux+
    Education: High school equivalent
    Pay: 65-70k


    New job is great, team is great, work is great. I have a lot *understatement* to learn but In excited about it.
    2018 Goals - Learn all the Hashicorp products

    Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity
  • jeremywatts2005jeremywatts2005 Senior Member Posts: 331Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I started out when I was 20 yrs old and salary was vastly different in the 90's then now. It has taken a bit for my salary to grow over time because of how low I started at in the 90's but in the 90's 55K was great right out of college with an AAS.

    1998 - 2001

    Customer Service Rep II ACD Systems 55K

    2001

    Laid off did independent consulting and I made 45K

    2002 - 2005

    Customer Engineer IBM E-Servers and ATM 50K

    2005-2006

    Technical Lead Server Tech and other contracts 65K

    2006

    Technical Instructor in College part time 40K

    2007

    Security Consultant 55K

    2008 - 2013

    Dean and Director of Education Multiple Colleges 75K a year

    2013 - 2014

    Info Sec Analyst II 68K

    2014 -First Half

    Incident Response Contractor Lead 80K

    2014 Second Half

    IR Contractor Senior 112K

    2015 First Half

    IR Contractor Senior 112K

    2015 -2016 First half Second Half

    Perm Digital Forensics 120 K

    New 2016 Job

    125K plus 20% bonus for a grand total of 150K if I hit my bonus :)
  • jws86jws86 Posts: 77Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Got a long way to go....Looking to obtain a cert or two and then start applying for more advanced roles if there are no promotion opportunities at the same company.

    Title: Help Desk Support Tech.
    Hour/wk: 40 + OT if needed and on-call rotation
    Description: End user support, patch management, network tasks, deployments, onsite and global support.
    Company size: 250 + global
    Age: 29
    Duration: 1yr, 10mths
    How: Applied online through company website found on Monster.
    Certs: None, starting study for CCENT
    Education: AAS Information Technology (did not have when started, finished about 8 months after employed)
    Pay: $19 plus OT depending on work load
    Currently studying for CCNA R&S
  • TechGromitTechGromit Completely Clueless Ontario, NY Posts: 1,847Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    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.
    Still searching for the corner in a round room.
  • renacidorenacido Posts: 387Member
    Update to mine:

    Title: Information Security Manager
    Hours/week: 40
    Description: Manage enterprise security department for large company
    Age: 41
    Certs: MCSA, MCSE, MCSE:S, Sec+, ITILv3, CEH, CISSP
    Pay: $132,000/yr
    Years experience in IT: 24
    Years experience in infosec: 15
  • mistabrumley89mistabrumley89 Posts: 356Member
    Title: IT Specialist (25B)
    Hour/wk: 60+
    Description: US Army, JOAT
    Company size: 1,000,000+?
    Age: 21-25
    Duration: 5 years
    How: Volunteered
    Certs: A+/N+/Sec+/CCENT/BCNE/CCNA/CCNA:V/CCNA:S/BCNP/CCNP/CISSP/ITIL:F
    Education: High School
    Pay: 20k-25k

    Title: Network Controller
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Networking
    Company size: 5,000-10,000
    Age: 26
    Duration: 6 Months
    How: Contractor
    Certs: A+/N+/Sec+/CCENT/BCNE/CCNA/CCNA:V/CCNA:S/BCNP/CCNP/CISSP/ITIL:F/CCDA/CCDP
    Education: High School, Started BS last month there
    Pay: $70k

    Title: Managed Network Services Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Networking
    Company size: 1,000+
    Age: 26
    Duration: 1 Month
    How: Applied on company website
    Certs: A+/N+/Sec+/CCENT/BCNE/CCNA/CCNA:V/CCNA:S/BCNP/CCNP/CISSP/ITIL:F/CCDA/CCDP; Starting CCIE: R&S
    Education: High School, 48% BS completed
    Pay: $80k

    Hope to hit 6 figures in the next year or two
    Goals: WGU BS: IT-Sec (DONE) | CCIE Written: In Progress
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/charlesbrumley
  • broli720broli720 Posts: 394Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Title : Project IT Intern
    Hours/wk: 30
    Description: Internship
    Company size: 50k+
    Age: 22
    Duration: 10 months
    How : Career website at school
    Certs: none
    Education: Super Senior in College
    Pay : $21.70 a hour, no benefits

    Title : Technology Associate
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Fulltime position same company (was brought on full time)
    Company size: 50k+
    Age: 23
    Duration: 1 year
    How : Previous Internship
    Certs: Security+
    Education: BS in IS some masters
    Pay : $59k

    Title : Information Systems Security Officer
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Full time position same company
    Company size: 50k+
    Age: 26
    Duration: 3 years
    How : A few Internal promotions
    Certs: CISSP, CCNA, CCNA Security
    Education: BS in IS & MS in Info Sec
    Pay : $73k

    Title : Security Consultant
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Fulltime position (first job hop)
    Company size: 200
    Age: 27
    Duration: Current
    How : Appied on company website
    Certs: CISSP, CCNA, CCNA Security
    Education: BS in IS & MS in Info Sec
    Pay : $115k
  • NetworkNewbNetworkNewb They are watching you Posts: 3,133Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    broli720 wrote: »
    Title : Information Systems Security Officer
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Full time position same company
    Company size: 50k+
    Age: 26
    Duration: 3 years
    How : A few Internal promotions
    Certs: CISSP, CCNA, CCNA Security

    An officer in a 50k size company at 26, crazy
  • broli720broli720 Posts: 394Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    An officer in a 50k size company at 26, crazy

    ISSO is not really a big position; it's not like an executive officer like you're thinking.
  • philz1982philz1982 Posts: 978Member
    Title : Missile Technician
    Hours/wk: 60
    Description: Internship
    Company size: US Navy
    Age: 20
    Duration: 5 years
    How : Applied
    Certs: none
    Education: High School
    Pay : $14k to $50k

    Title : Controls Technician
    Hours/wk: 60
    Description: Managed HVAC Controls Projects
    Company size: 200
    Age: 25
    Duration: 1 year
    How : Applied
    Certs: none
    Education: High School
    Pay : $60k

    Title : Service Technician
    Hours/wk: 60
    Description: Integrated different Building Control Systems
    Company size: 120k
    Age: 26
    Duration: 2 year
    How : Applied
    Certs: none
    Education: High School
    Pay : $80k

    Title : Installation Manager
    Hours/wk: 60
    Description: Managed Project Managers and Technicians
    Company size: 120k
    Age: 28
    Duration: 2 year
    How : Applied
    Certs: none
    Education: High School
    Pay : $95k

    Title : Project Development Engineer
    Hours/wk: 60
    Description: Designed Projects for a Cloud Solution Offering
    Company size: 120k
    Age: 30
    Duration: 2 year
    How : Applied
    Certs: none
    Education: BS in Business Admin
    Pay : $110k

    Title : Integration Program Manager
    Hours/wk: 60
    Description: Design Integrated Solutions, Oversee multiple offerings, Oversee Sales Messaging around Integration
    Company size: 120k
    Age: 32
    Duration: 2 year
    How : Applied
    Certs: CCNA, CCDA, TOGAF Certified, CISSP
    Education: BS in Business Admin
    Pay : $150k
  • NetworkNewbNetworkNewb They are watching you Posts: 3,133Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    broli720 wrote: »
    ISSO is not really a big position; it's not like an executive officer like you're thinking.

    nah, not even exec officer position. I've just never seen it used at company for less than a senior management position.
  • philz1982philz1982 Posts: 978Member
    Ya,

    Don't confuse ISSO with CISO. ISSO is mainly a term that came out of the military to represent a general duty IS officer.

    -Phil
  • kohr-ahkohr-ah Posts: 1,277Member
    Title: Jr System Admin
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Desktop work, exchange and Blackberry Server, basic networking work, 1 man team
    Age: 26
    Duration: 1 years
    Certs: A+, N+, CCNA, MCP
    Education: Attending college at the time
    Pay: $15/hr


    Title: System Support Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-60+
    Description: Monitor corporate networks, deploy new networks for corporations, created cloud department for MSP
    Age: 27 - 31
    Duration: 4 years
    Certs: CCNA, CCNA+SEC, CCNP Route exam
    Education: 2 years of college with AAS in Networking
    Pay: $40k p/yr ended at 55k p/yr


    Title: Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Part of 4 man team support global corporation in all network aspects. Cisco, Nexus, Arista, Juniper, CENTOS
    Age: 31 - 32
    Duration: 3 months (company merged and was letting us go. I left)
    Certs: CCNP Route and Switch
    Education: 2 years of college with AAS in Networking
    Pay: 65k/yr


    Title: Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 50/w
    Description: Sole engineer for Fortune 1000 where I control hub and spoke bgp network I created, 8000 pieces of equipment, Aruba, Juniper, CENTOS, Cisco, Nexus, F5, Riverbed, Checkpoint, and more
    Age: 32 - 34
    Duration: 2 years so far (Looking to leave)
    Certs: CCNP, CCDA, CCDP
    Education: 2 years of college with AAS in Networking
    Pay: 85k/yer plus 10% bonus per year.

    Title: Sr. Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40-45
    Description: Sr Network Engineer for Fortune 250 (Super close to home)
    Age: 34 -
    Duration: just started
    Certs: No new ones this year (have CCNP, CCDA, CCDP)
    Education: 2 years of college with AAS in Networking
    Pay: 100k/yr.
  • renacidorenacido Posts: 387Member
    philz1982 wrote: »
    Ya,

    Don't confuse ISSO with CISO. ISSO is mainly a term that came out of the military to represent a general duty IS officer.

    -Phil

    ISSO is essentially the infosec manager of a small network or of a network/site that is part of a larger enterprise network. The title mainly designates them as responsible for compliance with applicable security directives (NIST, DIACAP, DCID 6-3, DISA STIG, Service/Command policy, etc).

    ISSO's work under the oversight of an ISSM or IAM (Info Assurance Mgr) who is the security manager of the enterprise network or subordinate networks within a command.
  • 9emin19emin1 Posts: 45Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    interesting thread

    Title: Sales Associate (Part-time)
    Hour/wk: 18-24
    Description: Part time sales retail job selling networking products (routers, nas, switches, ip cams)
    Age: 17-20
    Duration: a few years on and off
    Certs: none
    Education: pursuing diploma in info sec related
    Pay: $5/hr with comm. ($1-$5/unit depending on what product)

    Title: Internship
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Web developer in a team of 3
    Age: 20
    Duration: 3-4 months
    Certs: none
    Education: pursuing diploma in info sec related
    Pay: $400/month

    Title: Associate Security Analyst
    Hour/wk: 36 or 48
    Description: Security Operation center environment, monitor/analyze stuff
    Age: 23-24
    Duration: > 1 year
    Certs: Diploma in info sec, some network fundamental certs, GCIH
    Education: diploma (planning to take a part-time degree)
    Pay: $26-$30k annual
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