IT Crew: What do you do?

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  1. Neuman

    Neuman New Member

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    What's up guys. I'm about a year out from finishing up my edu and officially being ready for the full time job world..

    I've been searching around a bit on msn, salary websites, US DOL stats, etc to try and get information about what EXACTLY to expect once I graduate.

    So if you work in IT and you're interested in divulging some info, post up.

    what do you do?
    experience (certs, edu, work, etc.)?
    what do you earn?


    along with school i currently work part time as the "IT guy" for several recreational facilities (ie. house computer labs, wifi, xbox live gaming..). i cover all aspects from "uhh my printer doesn't work", PC troubleshooting/maintenance, and cabling to network/cisco equip conf t/ management, win server config/AD management, etc etc.

    past experience is limited. i have a BS in IT and Admin mgmt, and am currently going for my masters in info systems. no certs, just a lot of personal experience..

    25hrs/week @ $18. no bennies. just lookin to go up!
     
  2. Peyomp

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    I build casino financial systems and web shenanigans. This involves Perl/JS/Java/SQL/Javascript.

    No formal education in computers, but I went back and read textbooks on OO analysis/design, design patterns, and agile development. I started out in casino gaming doing QA testing, then QA automation, then did a startup doing development and moved into that for another company.

    I earn less than I'm worth, but it seemed like a lot when I got the job.
     
  3. trouphaz

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    Comp sci graduate
    Hpux certified - got it when I first started and found it useless

    Unix and storage architect/sr admin

    Making more per paycheck than my last job, but unless I make it a full year I'll prolly make less after taxes and shit like that. Bonus will help.
    Oh, I'm also making more than double my parents' salaries combined and more than I ever expected I'd make in this field, though less than many were making in the heydays.

    I think you may find it tough getting people to give $ amount since other people we work with are technical too and could find this. :)
     
  4. Mike99TA

    Mike99TA I don't have anything clever to put here right now

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    No College degree
    No Certifications (I hate certifications in the sysadmin field for the most part and most places I've worked actually count them as a negative in some cases)

    Sr. Unix/SAN Admin

    Make enough money to have a decent house, couple luxury cars and some toys (multiple motorcycles, etc) while supporting a stay at home wife and daughter.

    Edit: Can't say I'm making more than my parents, as my dad has been running his own business for longer than I've been alive and made enough to have 5 kids and still live a comfortable life with a stay at home mom.
     
  5. trouphaz

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    Mike posted what he makes recently and I'd love to know the conversion rate for SC to NJ. My paycheck is higher, but I think worth less. NJ is too expensive, but I won't leave.
     
  6. Mike99TA

    Mike99TA I don't have anything clever to put here right now

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    Ah you saw that huh?

    Oddly enough my company has an office in NJ (Woodcliff Lake actually) - I'm not sure what the people up there get paid compared to the people down here though. I think the rate they pay down here is high for the area, and the rate they pay up there is about right for the area, from what I've heard.

    I was curious so I googled for it, and the best I got was the average Sr. System Admin salary + bonuses for Greenville SC Vs. Newark NJ

    Greenville was $84k/yr
    Newark was $103k/yr

    So Newark pay (and I'd assume cost of living) is 22-23% higher on average. Not sure how close you are to Newark but I'm guessing its pretty close across most of the state.
     
  7. michelin man

    michelin man IDB Construction

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    basic cert, degree, plenty of work experience

    $ is good
     
  8. JayC71

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    System Engineer

    MCSE, degree, lots of experience, money is good.
     
  9. Nocera

    Nocera ...

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    I work as a web developer doing Java/Python/Perl/JavaScript/CSS and DB work. Money is ridiculously good and the work environment is very laid back and stress free. I have a Bachelor's degree is Applied Math and a Master's degree in Computer Science.
     
  10. Sexual Vanilla

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    I work as a Network Systems Specialist for a local school district in South Carolina that has several thousand students. I am the webmaster/web programmer, admin for several Windows and SUSE Linux systems, and I share about half of the network engineering duties. My pay is 55k, I just graduated with a BS in Computer Information Systems/Networking emphasis in May of 2007. No certs.
     
  11. samm

    samm Next in Line

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    do: high performance computing (see av)
    edu: B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering
    pay: good but not great
     
  12. trouphaz

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    [email protected] i guess that is as good of an area as any to choose, but that is probably the 2nd or 3rd worse ghetto in NJ. the first was rated the worst city in the US a few years ago (Camden, NJ).

    i actually live about 10 minutes from woodcliff lake which is about 30-45min from newark.


    anyway, those numbers are pretty accurate for NJ, but low for NYC... where we get the bonus of paying taxes in 2 states. :big grin:







    sorry about the somewhat derail, but the original point i was trying to make was that $$$ is very relative to where you live. i had an intern working for me that was paid $25/hour... for doing the lamest web development. and by web development i mean we had her converting some info on our servers to the most basic html pages.
     
  13. The Ripper

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    im going through an IT program now and Im planning on getting my entry level stuf a+ certs done by august. Already got a job lined up through my tech school refurbishing computers and a secound part time job doing help desks when Im done. Right now im stuck in a shitty security job till I can start working in IT.
     
  14. crontab

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    senior unix/storage admin/architect

    computer eng degree (i use 0% of what i learned in college in my career, essentially a piece of paper to get my foot in the door); no certs; been in IT for about 9 years right out of college. Only been to two employers including my current one.

    my salary is somewhat on par with salary.com for my area (NJ). very low six digits.

    i work 35 hours a week period. if i stay late, get called, come in on weekends, whatever; that weeks amount of "work" must not go over 35 hours. management enforces it and i have no problem with that. after coming from an environment where one has to work 50-60 hours a week just to keep up with the workload, this is kinda like a ongoing vacation...

    I feel the key to finding a good IT job is to find a good employer. This applies to any job of course...
     
  15. trouphaz

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    Hey crontab, what part of nj do you work in?
     
  16. crontab

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    around the princeton area, dunno if that's considered central or south jersey.
     
  17. Mr J

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    no qualifications
    i work in 2nd line support
    pay is ok
    80% of my day i do no work
     
  18. Neuman

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    ahh gotcha. i was hoping to not make it out as a bragging thing. it's just everyones definition of "good money" is different :)

    thanks for the responses so far though!
     
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    If you refer to 'the city' are you thinking about nyc or philly? If philly, then south. :). I consider princeton central.
     
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    I don't even mean bragging. I just wouldn't want co-workers to stumble on this and see what I'm making. I don't think I make more or less, but it could make for awkward situations. Since pretty much any 'trouphaz' on the internet is me, I tend to be easy to find.
     
  21. crontab

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    I was born in brooklyn and lived in queens when I was young. Went to NYC almost every weekend to visit family till I had my kid so I would definitely consider "the city", NYC. No other city like it. Philly doesn't even compare, but it is more convenient obviously and a lot cheaper.

    Only moved around here to be closer to work. Yeah, all the people here and the pennsyltuckians refer to philly as the city. And refer to the tri-state as pa/de/nj, were I would refer to the tri-state as nj/ny/ct.
     
  22. trouphaz

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    Eww, that tri-state bs is new to me. All commercials I see say ny/nj/ct as tri-state. I think you are at the borderline. South jersey should be its own state.
     
  23. CodeX

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    I work as an embedded software engineer for a company called Terahertz Technologies. I've been there about 8 months now and was hired a few months before I graduated. I make nothing (not literally, but very little) but am getting tons of experience, have no stress, and have a completely flexible schedule (I basically come and go as I please). Oh, and I don't dress up, I go to work in t-shirts and jeans mostly lol.

    I am going to stick around until the current project we are working on is complete and then use that experience to hopefully get a similar position with a larger company and make decent money.
     
  24. trouphaz

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    What are the dress codes for people? I wear jeans and t-shirts too and have for most of my jobs.
     
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    no dress code. come in shorts and flip flops during the summer.
     

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