January 19, 2009

Working in IT - a reality check on skills and salary

Chris Byrne writes a wonderful rant directed to people working in IT who cannot seem to advance beyond a $30K salary even though they have been working for ten years.
A Little Career Advice
A couple weeks back, a reader was asking for some career advice.

This guy has got 10 years of experience in IT, doing phone, desktop/deskside support, and light admin work; but he has no degree and no certifications.

He's currently making about $30,000 a year, and he wanted to know what he should do to improve his financial position, and career in general. More specifically, he wanted to know if I thought certifications would help in that; and how important not having a degree was.

The short answer is, not very much, and not very important.

The long answer is a bit more complicated, but it's important to understand. I know literally hundreds of guys like this; who have five to ten years experience, and are stuck in $30,000 to $45,000 a year, near-entry level positions.
It's a long post but it is a must read if you work in IT and want to advance your career. If you know anyone who works in IT, forward them the link -- they will thank you. He is not "polite" in his advice but he is 110% spot-on and is telling the simple unvarnished truth whether or not it's something you want to hear. Good stuff! Posted by DaveH at January 19, 2009 8:58 PM | TrackBack
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