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« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2003, 03:51:06 PM »

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Why would anyone want to do that for a living?  No wonder network admin people are so bitter all the time.  My wife makes almost that much running her own beauty supply store.

There is a good living to be made in tech sector but it sure does not seem to be in network admin.  Frankly, from the dscriptions, it seems like sort of a dead end.


WTF???  The market around the MD/DC has picked up alot over the last year.  In fact everybody I know doing network admin in either A)the Gov't or B) contracting at a gov't agency is making around $50k+... well actually the Gov't peeps all make 60-80k with 2-3 years experience.  There are jobs still out there - don't think there aren't.  They also cannot farm out Network admin jobs to india, china, or russia.  Or Desktop support for that matter which you make 40-50k doing around here.
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« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2003, 01:22:08 PM »

It took me 2 years to become employed in the IT industry (12 years military, 3 months UB40, 13 months factory, 6 months UB40 again).

I have been a Support Engineer for 10 months now, and have experienced several new positions.  

I started with 30,000+ and am now on 40,000+, and thats all in just ten months.

We infact, my last pay rise was in April, so it took me less.

There are opportunities out there, you just have to be willing to take them.  I am having to be seperated from my family for tw weeks at a time, because I work 4 hrs away from them.

As long as you are willing to sacrifice certain things in life, and show that you are determined and have ambition, you will be found.  :cool:
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« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2003, 07:29:29 PM »

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There are opportunities out there, you just have to be willing to take them.  I am having to be seperated from my family for tw weeks at a time, because I work 4 hrs away from them.

As long as you are willing to sacrifice certain things in life, and show that you are determined and have ambition, you will be found.  :cool:



I agree totally.  My current job is about 60% travel.  A lot of people would say that it really sucks to have to be on the road but my company is also very generous.  They pay per diem and milage and time and a half.  I am on pace to make over 65K this year but I have to be willing to travel and put in the long hours some weeks.  Some people think that they would never do that but in the same breath whine about not being able to find work.  I don't get it.  Actually I do.  It seems some people want to make a lot of money for doing not much work.
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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2003, 09:29:51 AM »

To make the really serious money you have to specialise in some area and be a consultant. I am doing a network admin job including server upgrades, cabling, user and computer admin - all sorts of stuff and i really enjoy it but eventually i will decide what area i want to specialise in after i have a good solid background in lots of different areas of networking and that is when i hope to see the big money start to roll in!
i am only on ?24K at the moment but then i only started at this level a few months ago. there is definitely still plenty of money out there - my friend is working in holland and he is on ?140K pa contract working on a web site for a global company! like i say....definitely out there......!
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« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2003, 03:03:24 PM »

I'd prefer to be more of a network technician.....the people who actually do the installation of the network..... adminning is ok but I am one of the types who like to get up and walk around and do different things during the day... Plus I love making cable and installing switches/servers/router/etc. I find it fun!
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« Reply #20 on: August 13, 2003, 11:38:02 AM »

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WTF???  The market around the MD/DC has picked up alot over the last year.  In fact everybody I know doing network admin in either A)the Gov't or B) contracting at a gov't agency is making around $50k+... well actually the Gov't peeps all make 60-80k with 2-3 years experience.  There are jobs still out there - don't think there aren't.  They also cannot farm out Network admin jobs to india, china, or russia.  Or Desktop support for that matter which you make 40-50k doing around here.


Bravesfan is right:  government work is good right now...if you can get in.  My helpdesk/desktop support tech that are govy are making in the high $40's to low $50's...with more pay in the future since they are in a ladder position.  And the contractors get paid even more than us govy's for the same work.

Myself, govy sys admin making around $70-ish.  It is possible to survive in this field.
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