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  • Shinjusn0wShinjusn0w Posts: 10Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Title: Tier 2 Support
    Hour/Wk: 40
    Location: CA
    Description: Technical Support for customers telephony, internet and cable. Call Center stuff.
    Company Size: Huge Enterprise
    Company Type: ISP Comcast
    Age: 24
    Duration: 2 Years
    How: Newspaper (yea that’s right young whipper snappers)
    Certs: None
    Education: HS Diploma
    Pay: 31k w/benefits and OT

    Title: Tier 3 Tech Support Lead
    Hour/Wk: 40
    Location: CA
    Description: Technical Support and Onboarding new clients to the software/ Q & A testing.
    Company Size: 100 employees or so with a decent size consumer base.
    Company Type: Tax Software/ Crosslink Tax
    Age: 28
    Duration: seasonal (on and off for 5 years)
    How: Staffing Agency
    Certs: None / Degree: Studying for an AA Degree in Electrical Engineering
    Education. Left with AA Degree in Electrical Engineering
    Pay: 35k no benefits no OT

    Title: Sr Desktop Analyst L2
    Hour/Wk: 40
    Location: CA
    Description: Systems Admin for enterprise applications. Healthcare systems, AD usage, PC Hardware. Android and Iphone configs/ Patch panel work, cross connections/ printer repair and config/ everything you can think of besides real network configurations.
    Company Size: 5k end users
    Company Type: Tenet HealthCare
    Age: 29
    Duration: 3.5 years Current
    How: Indeed
    Certs: none
    Education: AS Degree in Computer Science
    Pay: 47k - 55K W/OT and Benefits
  • mattlyonsmattlyons Posts: 8Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Title: Junior Software Developer
    Hour/wk: 15, no on-call
    Description: Basically screened calls, made how-to guides and other similar work for the lead developer.
    Company Size: 3
    Company Type: Logistics software
    Age: 21
    Duration: 5 months
    Location: Charleston, SC
    How: Don't remember
    Certs: None
    Education: Middle of BA in CSCI
    Pay: $15/hr

    Title: IT Assistant
    Hour/wk: 15, no on-call
    Description: IT department of school
    Company Size: 100
    Company Type: Private school
    Age: 20-21
    Duration: 1yr 5mo
    Location: Charleston, SC
    How: Don't remember
    Certs: None
    Education: Middle of BA in CSCI
    Pay: $10/hr

    Title: Technician Specialist in Customer Service
    Hour/wk: 40, no on-call
    Description: Processed invoices. Long story short is needed full time job because was getting married.
    Company Size: 500
    Company Type: DoD contracting
    Age: 22-23
    Duration: 8 months
    Location: Charleston, SC
    How: USAJobs
    Certs: None
    Education: BA in CSCI
    Pay: $17.35/hr

    Title: Computer Scientist
    Hour/wk: 40, no on-call
    Description: IA and information security work. Became a federal employee with Secret clearance
    Company Size: 5000
    Company Type: DoD agency
    Age: 23-26
    Duration: 3yr 6mo
    Location: Charleston, SC
    How: USAJobs
    Certs: Security+
    Education: BA in CSCI
    Pay: Start $50k, End $67k

    Title: Network Engineer 3
    Hour/wk: 40, no on-call
    Description: IA and information security work. Same project as above, just moved to DoD contractor
    Company Size: 19,700
    Company Type: DoD contractor
    Age: 26-28
    Duration: 2yr 1mo
    Location: Charleston, SC
    How: New someone
    Certs: Security+, CISSP 5 months prior to departure
    Education: BA in CSCI
    Pay: Start $83k, End $96k

    Title: Information Systems Security Manager
    Hour/wk: 40, no on-call
    Description: RMF ATOs
    Company Size: 131,000
    Company Type: A little bit of everything but I work in DoD contracting. I'm not a contractor though
    Age: 28
    Duration: 6 months and currently employed
    Location: Minneapolis, MN
    How: Indeed.com
    Certs: Security+, CISSP and studying for 70-697/70-698 for Windows 10 cert
    Education: BA in CSCI
    Pay: $100k
  • debugmedebugme Posts: 6Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Title: Information Systems Tech - IT2
    Hour/wk: ??
    Description: US Navy
    Age: 21-25
    Duration: 4
    How: Recruiting Office lol
    Certs: Sec+ and CCNA
    Education: High School
    Pay: E-5 Pay + plus San Diego,CA BAH. Was like 4k a month after taxes my last 2 years in.

    Title: Network Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Federal Contractor
    Company size: 10k
    Age: 25
    Duration: 2 Months
    Certs: CCNA and Sec+
    Pay: $75k


    Title: Network Engineer
    Hours: 40 per week
    Company Size: cant say
    Age:25
    Location:DC Metro area
    How: Indeed
    Certs: CCNA and Sec+ , but also persuing my CCNP full time and studying RHCSA on the side..
    Pay: 100k

    Going for my CCIE eventually

  • SpiegelSpiegel Taco Tuesday FLPosts: 221Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Title: Tech Support I
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Telecommunications; provided esupport for Internet and IPTV (via chat) to residential users
    Company size: <50k+
    Location: Apopka, FL
    Duration: 1 Year
    Age: 27
    How: Contract
    Certs: 0
    Education: Some College (Was attending ITT Tech icon_sad.gif)
    Pay: $10 - $11 per hour
    _______________________________________________

    Title: Service Desk Analyst - Tier 1
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Managed Services;provide end user computing support for medical and non-medical staff in our health organization. In-bound calls.
    Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
    Duration: 1 year and 8 months
    Company size: <80k+
    Age: 28
    How: Via Indeed, hired on directly full time
    Certs: A+, Network +, ITIL
    Education: Some College (Left ITT Tech at this point icon_thumright.gif)
    Pay: $19 per hour
    _______________________________________________

    Title: Service Desk Analyst - Tier 2
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Managed Services;provide end user computing support for medical and non-medical staff in our health organization. My Tier 2 elevation provided more access and we did out-bound calling which brought flexibility to do more indepth troubleshooting to resolve.
    Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
    Duration: 9 months
    Company size: <80k+
    Age: 30
    How: Promoted
    Certs: A+, Network +, ITIL
    Education: Some College (Started my WGU journey for my B.S. in Info. Tech. - Sec.)
    Pay: $20 per hour
    _______________________________________________


    Title: End User Computing - Intermediate
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Managed Services;provide end user computing support for medical and non-medical staff in our health organization. Doing field tech/desktop support work on our hospital premises
    Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
    Duration: Current
    Company size: <80k+
    Age: 31
    How: Promoted
    Certs: A+, Network +, Security +, ITIL, MTA, CIW
    Education: Some College (Working on BS)
    Pay: $23 per hour
    _______________________________________________


    Hoping to get a network analyst position early next year within the company after I complete my Cisco certs
    Degree: WGU B.S. Information Technology - Security [In-Progress]
    Current Certs: A+ | N+ | S+ | MTA: OSF | CIW: SDA | ITIL: F
    Currently Working On: CCENT


    2019 Goals: CCENT [ ], CCNA [ ], Project+ [ ]
    Future Certs: Linux+ | CCNA Security | CCNP: Routing & Switching | CCNP: Security | MCSA: Win 10
  • Alif_Sadida_EkinAlif_Sadida_Ekin Posts: 341Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Spiegel wrote: »
    Title: Tech Support I
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Telecommunications; provided esupport for Internet and IPTV (via chat) to residential users
    Company size: <50k+
    Location: Apopka, FL
    Duration: 1 Year
    Age: 27
    How: Contract
    Certs: 0
    Education: Some College (Was attending ITT Tech icon_sad.gif)
    Pay: $10 - $11 per hour
    _______________________________________________

    Title: Service Desk Analyst - Tier 1
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Managed Services;provide end user computing support for medical and non-medical staff in our health organization. In-bound calls.
    Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
    Duration: 1 year and 8 months
    Company size: <80k+
    Age: 28
    How: Via Indeed, hired on directly full time
    Certs: A+, Network +, ITIL
    Education: Some College (Left ITT Tech at this point icon_thumright.gif)
    Pay: $19 per hour
    _______________________________________________

    Title: Service Desk Analyst - Tier 2
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Managed Services;provide end user computing support for medical and non-medical staff in our health organization. My Tier 2 elevation provided more access and we did out-bound calling which brought flexibility to do more indepth troubleshooting to resolve.
    Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
    Duration: 9 months
    Company size: <80k+
    Age: 30
    How: Promoted
    Certs: A+, Network +, ITIL
    Education: Some College (Started my WGU journey for my B.S. in Info. Tech. - Sec.)
    Pay: $20 per hour
    _______________________________________________


    Title: End User Computing - Intermediate
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Managed Services;provide end user computing support for medical and non-medical staff in our health organization. Doing field tech/desktop support work on our hospital premises
    Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
    Duration: Current
    Company size: <80k+
    Age: 31
    How: Promoted
    Certs: A+, Network +, Security +, ITIL, MTA, CIW
    Education: Some College (Working on BS)
    Pay: $23 per hour
    _______________________________________________


    Hoping to get a network analyst position early next year within the company after I complete my Cisco certs

    Small world. I too am from the Apopka/Altamonte area.
    MCSA, MCTS, CIW Professional, A+, Network+, Security+, Project+

    BS, Information Technology
  • techie2018techie2018 Posts: 34Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Wow so many young professionals(25 to 30 y/o) already making 75k to 100k or more. Keep up the good work everyone.
  • albinorhino187albinorhino187 Posts: 112Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Title: IT Support Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Warehouse/manufacturing
    Company size: ~300
    Age: 27
    Duration: 5yr
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: A+, Net+, Sec+
    Education: AS
    Start Pay: $18/hr
    End Pay: $21.50/hr

    Title: IT Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Warehouse/manufacturing
    Company size: ~300
    Age: 33
    Duration: 9 months
    How: Promoted
    Certs: A+, Net+, Sec+, CCNA
    Education: Working on BS
    Pay: $48k + 8% annual bonus

    Title: Jr Network Enginner
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: State Government
    Company size: 500+
    Age: 33
    Duration: 1 year and counting
    How: Applied online, beat 400+ applicants
    Certs: A+, Net+, Sec+, Project+, Linux+, CCNA R/S, CCNA Security
    Education: BS
    Pay: Start $55k. Previous job offered 75k to come back 6 months later, but current job matched, so 75k now.

    CCIE RS - Written (Goal: June 2019) [ ] Lab [ ]
  • Neil86Neil86 Posts: 81Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    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
  • ps.89ps.89 Posts: 20Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Title: Helpdesk Technician T1
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Small MSP
    Company size: >20
    Age: 25
    Duration: 1.5 yrs
    How: Craigslist
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - in college
    Pay: $14/hr




    Title: Helpdesk Technician T2
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Medium sized corporation
    Company size: <5,000
    Age: 27
    Duration: 2 yrs
    How: Indeed
    Certs: None
    Education: Obtained BS in Computer Networking mid-way
    Pay: $26/hr




    Title: NOC Technician
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Large enterprise (Fortune 500)
    Company size: <40,000
    Age: 29
    Duration: >1 mos
    How: Recruitment agency
    Certs: None
    Education: BS. Computer Networking
    Pay: $70k/yr


    I am from Northern, CA.
    2017: B.S. Computer Networking [X]
    2018: CCENT [WIP]
    2019: CCNA [ ], CCNP [ ]
  • futurehendrixfuturehendrix Posts: 28Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    I still have a long way to go but this thread has definitely humbled me while also motivating me.

    Title: Tier 1 Help Desk Intern
    Hour/wk: ~40
    Description: Intern for a startup company so did a lot of the minutia from running cables, helping set up computers and monitors, drafting policy/company handbook and break fixes.
    Company size: ~10 employees that serviced ~500 users
    Age: 19
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Applied on Internship.com and got the job.
    Certs: I didn't even know what they were at this point so no.
    Education: Some college (four semesters)
    Pay: -$5/day + -$20/week. It was unpaid and twenty minutes from my house so I'd get on the highway and pay $5 a day in toll as well as gas.


    Title:
    Support Analyst
    Hour/wk: 25
    Description: Help desk. Worst job ever. Call center like environment so if you had to go to the bathroom, you had to let everyone know.
    Company size: ~2000
    Age: 19
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Reached out by recruiter
    Certs: None
    Education: Some college (five semesters)
    Pay: $13/hr (I thought I was balllllllling!)

    Title: IT Intern
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Summer intern for a mid level company
    Company size: ~3500
    Age: 20
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Applied online among literally 100+, interviewed and crushed it (I had like ten terrible interviews beforehand and was surprised by how well I did)
    Certs: None
    Education: Some College (Junior Year)
    Pay: $15/hr (once again, I thought I was making cash money young money cash money)

    Title: Network Security Analyst
    Hour/wk: ~40
    Description: Day to day threat response, SIEM monitoring (isn't that redundant?), etc...
    Company size: ~5000
    Age: 21
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Knew someone :)
    Certs: GCIA
    Education: Some College (Senior Year)
    Pay: $50k (I got to put my bills on autopay so i mean I'm rich now, right?)

    My goal is to reach six figures by 25 so still got ways to go icon_sad.gif
  • SpetsRepairSpetsRepair Posts: 203Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    2014- Small IT contracts short time work
    2015- Get hired on to It helpdesk support
    Lose job because customer complained about me being rude
    Get job offer in my town, tell them I have another offer right now in a different state and need to know right now if you're offering me the job or not
    Drive to another state, took the other job offer
    While driving to other state, get a call. Was told hey they will give you the job. Working at Dell in California a few minutes from where I lived but I specifically told them I have an opportunity of a life time somewhere ele and I need to know asap if they will give me the job so they get angry I didn't take the job at dell working on their firewall line/security stuff
    2015-2016 Same company, moved up really quick in this field since I moved there, took the job and within 3 months I could do just about everything since I already had some certs and knowledge
    Promoted, got bored after a while
    2017 - Took another job offer, way above my knowledge/skill level and they offered it to me anyway
    Still at this company today

    Total career progression was from 2015-2018.
    2014 was kind of bad since they promise you work and only have one month contract

    2015- 2017 65k
    2017-2018 100k+

    The thing that changed my life was actually the Cisco certs
  • IsmaeljrpIsmaeljrp Posts: 480Member
    Couldn't find whether I had a post here or not so here's a new one. I feel posting the locations of the jobs is very useful, as it helps job seekers get an idea on salaries for particular locations and types of jobs.


    Title: NOC Technician
    Hour/wk: 40-50
    Description: NOC tech 1, then tier 2, and system admin and network admin/engineer. Pretty much JOAT. It was a VAR/MSP/ISP
    Company size: ~50
    Age: 27-31
    Duration: 4 yrs 3 months (last 6 months worked remote)
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: CCNA
    Education: Some college (senior)
    Pay: $12/hr ended at 15/hr
    Location: Puerto Rico
    Experience when starting: 4 month internship




    Title: Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Cisco Network Engineer with some VMware networking for a Insurance/Risk management company.
    Company size: ~800
    Age: 31
    Duration: just started
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: CCNA/VCP5
    Education: Some college (senior)
    Pay: Base 65k per year
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: about 4.5 years
  • techie2018techie2018 Posts: 34Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Title: Helpdesk
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: answering phones, password resets, basic PC/applications support, etc
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 22
    Duration: 1 year
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: MCSE
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 42k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: none




    Title: NOC Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: jr system admin type work on linux and windows
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 23
    Duration: 3 year
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: MCSE
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 47k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 1 year






    Title: Systems Admin
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: maintain and support linux servers
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 26
    Duration: 2 year
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: none
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 55k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 4 years




    Title: Systems Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: design and architect linux servers solutions
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 28
    Duration: 2 year
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: RHCE
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 75k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 6 years




    Title: Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: network troubleshooting, router configs etc
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 30
    Duration: 3 year
    How: I was already a systems engineer at company and had a good reputation and made the right connections
    Certs: CCNP
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 85k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 8 years




    Title: Senior Network Engineer, team lead
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: team lead for network engineering group
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 33
    Duration: 5 year
    How: promoted from previous job
    Certs: CCNP
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 110k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 11 years




    Title: Network Architect
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: network design, consult with customers
    Company size: 5000+
    Age: 38
    Duration: 4 years
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: CCIE, R/S
    Education: B.S.C.E - Computer Engineering
    Pay: 145k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 16 years






    Title: Network Architect, Principal
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: network design, lead a team of network engineers and architects
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 42
    Duration: current job about 5 months so far
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: 3X CCIE - R/S, Data Center, Security
    Education: B.S.C.E - Computer Engineering
    Pay: Base 225k per year + bonus/stock, etc
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 20 years


    Next goals...complete my Masters or MBA...still debating, also I've enjoyed my "hands on" tech career but next I'm going for management positions(director or VP) will be my goal. As I have pretty much "maxed out" my salary as a technical contributer.
  • IsmaeljrpIsmaeljrp Posts: 480Member
    techie2018 wrote: »
    Title: Helpdesk
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: answering phones, password resets, basic PC/applications support, etc
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 22
    Duration: 1 year
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: MCSE
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 42k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: none




    Title: NOC Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: jr system admin type work on linux and windows
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 23
    Duration: 3 year
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: MCSE
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 47k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 1 year






    Title: Systems Admin
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: maintain and support linux servers
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 26
    Duration: 2 year
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: none
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 55k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 4 years




    Title: Systems Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: design and architect linux servers solutions
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 28
    Duration: 2 year
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: RHCE
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 75k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 6 years




    Title: Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: network troubleshooting, router configs etc
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 30
    Duration: 3 year
    How: I was already a systems engineer at company and had a good reputation and made the right connections
    Certs: CCNP
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 85k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 8 years




    Title: Senior Network Engineer, team lead
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: team lead for network engineering group
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 33
    Duration: 5 year
    How: promoted from previous job
    Certs: CCNP
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 110k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 11 years




    Title: Network Architect
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: network design, consult with customers
    Company size: 5000+
    Age: 38
    Duration: 4 years
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: CCIE, R/S
    Education: B.S.C.E - Computer Engineering
    Pay: 145k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 16 years






    Title: Network Architect, Principal
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: network design, lead a team of network engineers and architects
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 42
    Duration: current job about 5 months so far
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: 3X CCIE - R/S, Data Center, Security
    Education: B.S.C.E - Computer Engineering
    Pay: Base 225k per year + bonus/stock, etc
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 20 years


    Next goals...complete my Masters or MBA...still debating, also I've enjoyed my "hands on" tech career but next I'm going for management positions(director or VP) will be my goal. As I have pretty much "maxed out" my salary as a technical contributer.

    Wow! Really outstanding techie2018. It's really inspiring to see these types of career progression stories. Well, not a story, but kinda feels that way sometimes.

    Are you on twitter or linkedin by any chance?
  • and1play5and1play5 Posts: 18Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    techie2018 wrote: »
    Title: Helpdesk
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: answering phones, password resets, basic PC/applications support, etc
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 22
    Duration: 1 year
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: MCSE
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 42k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: none




    Title: NOC Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: jr system admin type work on linux and windows
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 23
    Duration: 3 year
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: MCSE
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 47k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 1 year






    Title: Systems Admin
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: maintain and support linux servers
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 26
    Duration: 2 year
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: none
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 55k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 4 years




    Title: Systems Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: design and architect linux servers solutions
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 28
    Duration: 2 year
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: RHCE
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 75k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 6 years




    Title: Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: network troubleshooting, router configs etc
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 30
    Duration: 3 year
    How: I was already a systems engineer at company and had a good reputation and made the right connections
    Certs: CCNP
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 85k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 8 years




    Title: Senior Network Engineer, team lead
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: team lead for network engineering group
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 33
    Duration: 5 year
    How: promoted from previous job
    Certs: CCNP
    Education: Some college
    Pay: 110k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 11 years




    Title: Network Architect
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: network design, consult with customers
    Company size: 5000+
    Age: 38
    Duration: 4 years
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: CCIE, R/S
    Education: B.S.C.E - Computer Engineering
    Pay: 145k
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 16 years






    Title: Network Architect, Principal
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: network design, lead a team of network engineers and architects
    Company size: 10000+
    Age: 42
    Duration: current job about 5 months so far
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: 3X CCIE - R/S, Data Center, Security
    Education: B.S.C.E - Computer Engineering
    Pay: Base 225k per year + bonus/stock, etc
    Location: Atlanta
    Experience when starting: 20 years


    Next goals...complete my Masters or MBA...still debating, also I've enjoyed my "hands on" tech career but next I'm going for management positions(director or VP) will be my goal. As I have pretty much "maxed out" my salary as a technical contributer.

    Great progression...very inspiring...def gonna get back on my cert study wave now
  • MasterofNoneMasterofNone Posts: 3Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Title: computer lab assistant
    Hour/wk: 20
    Description: University
    Company size: N/a
    Age: 26
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Asked manager if he was hiring.
    Certs: None
    Education: Some college
    Pay: $8/Hour



    Title: Help Desk
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Contract. Level 1 support.
    Company size: 10,000+
    Age: 26
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: Indeed
    Certs: None, left with Sec+
    Education: B.S in BS
    Pay: $15//Hour



    Title: Security Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Contract. IAM, Incident Response, and Vuln Mgmt.
    Company size: 10,000+ people
    Age: 27
    Duration: 8 months
    How: Indeed
    Certs: Same
    Education: Same
    Pay: $28.50/hr




    Title: Security Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Contract, short term. Vuln Mgmt.
    Company size: 10,000+ people
    Age: 28
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Headhunter
    Certs: Same
    Education: Same
    Pay: $90/hr



    Title: Security Consultant
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Consulting.
    Company size: 10,000+ people
    Age: 29
    Duration: 6 months (Current)
    How: Applied
    Certs: Added CCNA
    Education: Same
    Pay: $105k



    Advice: Find 5 rockstar posters on any forum. Read through their post history. Model yourself after them. Apply their good habits daily. Lab. Lab. Lab. Ymmv.
  • KyrakKyrak Posts: 138Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Kyrak wrote: »
    I've enjoyed this thread and it helped motivate me so I'll throw my hat in the ring.

    Title: Network Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company Size: 150
    Age: 22
    Duration: 1 years
    How: Newspaper ad (remember those? haha)
    Certs: None
    Education: B.S. Computer Science
    Pay: $35K

    Title: Network Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company Size: 73K, but only 50 in my office
    Age: 24
    Duration: 3 years
    How: Can't even remember
    Certs: None
    Education: B.S. Computer Science
    Pay: $50K

    Title: Regional Technology Manager
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company Size: 1000
    Age: 27
    Duration: 3 years
    How: Employee Referral
    Certs: None
    Education: B.S. Computer Science
    Pay: Start $67K-> End $72K

    I then have a 10 year gap running my own businesses loosely related to IT, web design, affiliate marketing, etc
    Pay: Variable from 0 - 20K a month but priceless experiences!

    Title: Field Service Engineer for MSP
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company Size: 15
    Age: 41
    Duration: 1 years
    How: LinkedIn
    Certs: None
    Education: B.S. Computer Science
    Pay: $52K
    At this point I absolutely hated this job so ended up quitting without a new position (don't make this same mistake I did!). When I wasn't getting enough interviews I decided I had to change something and focused on certifications so that would never be the reason I didn't get an interview I wanted.

    Title: System Engineer II
    Hour/wk: 60
    Company Size: 4K
    Age: 42
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: Referral from a guy I met in cert training classes!
    Certs: PMP, VCP5-DCV, A+,N+, CCNA, MCSA 2012, ITIL
    Education: B.S. Computer Science
    Pay: Start $85K ->End $93K

    Title: Security Engineer II
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company Size: 4K (Lateral move at same company)
    Age: 44
    Duration: current
    How: Company Transfer
    Certs: CCNA R&S/Security, CISSP, A+, N+, S+, MCSE CP&I, VCP5/6-DCV, ITIL
    Education: B.S. Computer Science
    Pay: $93K

    I'm expecting my next move to the the big one I've been working towards. We will see!

    BOOM! Hard work pays off.
    Title: Senior Security Architect
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company Size: 30K
    Age: 45
    Duration: current
    How: External recruiter reached out to me on LinkedIn
    Certs: CISSP, PMP, CCNA R&S/Security/Cyber Ops, MCSE CP&I, VCP5/6-DCV, ITIL, A+, N+, S+
    Education: B.S. Computer Science & Economics
    Pay: $100/hr (40 hours a week but only 4 days) travel contract (initial term 6 mos), all expenses paid + $50 per diem for food.
    Up next: On Break, but then maybe CCNA DC, CCNP DC, CISM, AWS SysOps Administrator
  • RHELRHEL Posts: 195Member
    Title: Tech Support Analyst
    Hour/wk: 20
    Description: ISP support for residential and commercial customers
    Company size: <75
    Age: 18-20
    Duration: <2 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - in college
    Pay: $8-9/hr

    Title: IT Specialist (part time)
    Hours/wk: 20
    Description: Special projects and general IT support for state government organization. Had my own office and full benefits!
    Company size: 500+
    Age: 20-21
    Duration: <1 year
    How: Found in paper, applied and interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - in college
    Pay : $16/hr

    Title: IT Specialist (seasonal)
    Hours/wk: 15
    Description: General IT support for major university
    Company size: 3,000
    Age : 22
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Networking contact
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - in college
    Pay : $14/hr

    Title : Network Administrator (seasonal)
    Hours/wk: 80+
    Description: "IT guy" supporting 100+ workstations! servers! devices over summer. Taught linux workshops!
    Company size: <100
    Age: 23
    Duration: 1-2 months
    How : Craigslist!
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - in college
    Pay : lodging and food in Boston, and a small chunk of change

    Title : Systems Administrator
    Hours/wk : 40 + on-call
    Description: First job out of college. Learning to be an admin in hundreds of servers for a global conglomerate. Great benefits, funded my grad school 100%.
    Company size: 250,000
    Age : 23
    Duration: 2.5 years
    How: Monster.com app and single phone interview
    Certs: None
    Education: BA in unrelated field
    Pay: 30's -- though low cost of living area

    Title: Systems Engineer
    Hours/wk: 40 + on-call
    Description: Got to play a much larger role for a smaller organization. Really cool environment. -- casinos, resort, hotels, golf courses, gas stations, police, fire, rescue, government.
    Company size: 5,000
    Age: 26-28
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: Networking, interviewed
    Certs: Linux+, LPIC-1, Novell CLA, Novell DCTS
    Education: BA in unrelated field, MS CIS
    Pay: 60's

    Title: Systems Administrator
    Hours/wk: 40 + on-call
    Description: Systems support, duh! Regional employer, lots of high tech to play with.
    Company size: 6,000
    Age: 28
    Duration: 3 years
    How: company website
    Certs: Linux+, LPIC-1, Novell CLA, Novell DCTS
    Education: BA in unrelated field, MS CIS
    Pay: 70's

    Title: Unix/Security SME/adviser
    Hours/wk: 40, no on call
    Description: strategy, design, proof of concepts, engineering documentation
    Company size: 6,000
    Age: 31
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: internal, promotion
    Certs: RHCE, RHCSA
    Education: BA in unrelated field, MS CIS
    Pay: 90’s

    Title: Sr. Engineer
    Hours/wk: 40 (remote)
    Description: design, implementation, documentation of enterprise solutions
    Age: 33
    Duration: present
    How: company website
    Certs: RHCE, RHCSA, Ansible Specialist
    Education: BA is unrelated field, MS CIS
    Pay: 165K + benes
  • LeBrokeLeBroke Posts: 484Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    RHEL wrote: »
    Title: Unix/Security SME/adviser
    Hours/wk: 40, no on call
    Description: strategy, design, proof of concepts, engineering documentation
    Company size: 6,000
    Age: 31
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: internal, promotion
    Certs: RHCE, RHCSA
    Education: BA in unrelated field, MS CIS
    Pay: 90’s

    Title: Sr. Engineer
    Hours/wk: 40 (remote)
    Description: design, implementation, documentation of enterprise solutions
    Age: 33
    Duration: present
    How: company website
    Certs: RHCE, RHCSA, Ansible Specialist
    Education: BA is unrelated field, MS CIS
    Pay: 165K + benes

    Damn, quite a big jump in 2 years. Congrats man! Happy for you :)
  • SquishedSquished Posts: 191Member
    LeBroke wrote: »
    Damn, quite a big jump in 2 years. Congrats man! Happy for you :)

    I was thinking the same thing. Hard works pay off and I hope to do the same thing soon. Nice work!
    [2018] - A+ 901 (PASS), A+ 902 (PASS), Project+ (PASS), Security+ (PASS), Network+(PASS), CySA, Cloud+
    [2018] - MBA - IT Management - WGU (PASS)

    HR: “What if we train them and they leave?”
    ME: “What if we don’t train them and they stay?”
  • SoCalGuy858SoCalGuy858 Senior Member The TrianglePosts: 119Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I posted over a year ago after receiving an offer from a defense contractor which would've given me a 66% raise, only to learn the harsh reality of the contracting world... the contractor may hire you on, but if the customer doesn't like your resume... you're not going anywhere!

    Fortunately, 14 months later, I've got a new offer in hand from a permanent gig that is just as awesome!

    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: 6 months and going....
    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!

    Received offer for the following job and going to be starting next Monday:

    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: T-6 days to first day!
    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: $105,000
    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.

    LinkedIn - Just mention you're from TE!
  • eansdadeansdad Posts: 775Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Title: 02L – US Army
    Hour/wk: All
    Description: Saxophone player but helped take care of IT support duties for unit, built unit website
    Company size: Large
    Age: 20-22
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Was volunteered by platoon leader because I had a PC (in 1997)
    Pay: E-4

    Title: Configuration Tech worked up to Assistant team Lead
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Configured and built servers for Compaq
    Company size: Large
    Age: 24-26
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: Applied directly
    Pay: $10/hr on night shift

    Title: Deployment Technician worked up to various Team Lead positions
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Worked several deployments for NMCI project
    Company size: Large
    Age: 26-27
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: Applied after layoff from Compaq after merger with HP, Friend from Compaq got me in with him
    Pay: $18/hr

    Title: Desktop Support
    Hour/wk: 60+
    Description: Support for a large university hospital
    Company size: Large
    Age: 27
    Duration: 2 months
    How: Applied, Monster
    Pay: $20/hr

    Title: Desktop Support
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Desktop support for NMCI project site
    Company size: Large
    Age: 27-29
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Applied through Careerbuilder, used contacts from deployment days
    Pay: $20/hr, paid for benefits

    Title: Computer Technician
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: All IT needs within the 2 schools I am scheduled at
    Company size: 2500 staff, 10000 students
    Age: 29-39
    Duration: 8 years
    How: Applied directly
    Pay: $34k start +benefits - Ended at $48k

    Title: Senior Solutions Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40+
    Description: Everything from answer phones to projects at a small MSP
    Company size: 5, 40ish clients 700 machines
    Age: 40
    Duration: 1yr
    How: Friend
    Pay: $42k /yr + $2500 signing bonus

    Title: IT Consultant
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Work at a very large MSP with about 470 clients with 1150 locations and over 15k machines in several countries around the world. Deal with all issues that come in to support and issues our support causes.
    Company Size: 300+ (105 in IT support)
    Age: 40-current
    Duration: 2.5years and running
    Pay: $48,500 starting - a few 3% raises and a $7500 bonus /yr for working nights. Also have Certification reimbursment, $2500/yr tuition assistance, normal healthcare and 401k.
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