If you had your druthers, what IT career would you recommend?
December 3, 2007 2:23 PM Subscribe
If you could recommend any career within the computer/IT field, what would it be? The primary factors I'm considering are salary and job security.
posted by iamisaid to Work & Money (23 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
As I mentioned in a previous question, I'm two years into school at a large public university. At the moment my major is undeclared. Although I had considered either journalism or something related to writing, I'm now looking at other options that might make more sense financially. Considering my experience with computers, I'm thinking something in the IT field might be a better choice in terms of getting the bills paid. I do intend to get a bachelors degree in something, whether it be related to IT or not. From what I understand, my school does have a respected computer science program, so that may or may not be a good option.
I've been using computers and the Internet since age 12, primarily on Windows, although I've had some experience with Unix and OSX. I'm great at troubleshooting and I enjoy learning about the underpinnings of an OS. I have a pretty thorough knowledge of HTML and a smattering of PHP, but I have no programming experience beyond that. I am pretty terrible at math and would prefer to avoid anything that requires advanced knowledge thereof. In all other areas, I am a fast learner. I am comfortable installing hardware and have built a couple of PCs. Essentially, I am the lucky person who gets called by friends and family any time someone has a computer problem. And I'm OK with that.
Taking all that into account, what would be a good IT career for me? I'm interested in recommendations that would maximize my earnings potential and be as future-proof as possible. Whether it requires a degree, certification(s), etc., I'm open to any possibility. Having said that, I'm also not a big fan of 80-hour workweeks.