Associates in CIS

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  1. whammy

    whammy Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness OT Supporter

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    My friend is attempting to go back to school to better himself and to have the ability to take care of his child that's on the way. With his situation he is unable to go to school during the day so he's limited as far as options for majors. Faulkner University is a private school that offers an evening program. One of the associates degree they offer is a CIS degree. Faulkner is a more expensive school since it is a private school and I want to make sure my friend is making a worthwhile investment. Another friend of mine is telling me that with this degree he could make $15-$19 an hour in Birmingham, AL. Is this type of income possible with just an associates degree? What type of work would my friend end up doing: Field Technician, Help Desk? I appreciate your help.
     
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    an associates degree isn't going to get him anything that hard work couldn't get him alone, imo.
     
  3. CyberBullets

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    Associates = how many years?

    I have a Bachelor of CIS with a Specialization in Application Development (5 years) and currently work for an online marketing firm as a Site Catalyst Implementation Specialist. I've never worked a day in help desk or technician, originally started as a developer, then technical project manager, then my current position.
     
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    assoc. is a 2-year degree. Many community colleges hand them out.
     
  5. CyberBullets

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    Ah gotcha. Yeah a 2-year would probably only get you to help desk. My first 2 years were a joke: MySQL Admin, Linux, Windows 2003 Server, Security, Java Software Development.

    More of it was general theory and knowledge. 3rd and 4th year is when it gets a lot better, and you specialize in your field.
     
  6. dorkultra

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    i have 2 associate degrees from community college. they got me no where, except a foundation and credits for my bachelors
     
  7. midcalbrew

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    I got an A.S. in CIS ... didn't do much in and of itself, but taking the classes got me in touch with professors and staff, and helped get my foot in the door for a helpdesk position. Late moved up to a network admin position while I worked on my B.S.
     
  8. trouphaz

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    yeah, i always thought an associates was just an unfinished bachelors degree.

    entry level computer jobs require no college experience. the problem is getting in the door with no experience. you have to either luck out or find ways of building up your experience and knowledge. i've known some people who went to technical schools like Chubb and have done well, but I also know some who pretty much went nowhere.
     

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