BS in Information Technology with focus on Information and Network Security

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I'm two years into my BS of Information Technology, with a focus on Information and Network Security. Basically what I've been going nuts about, is did I make a bad decision here? It's probably a really dumb question, but what jobs am I looking at here? I was thinking I would be going along the lines of a Network Administrator, or even a Systems or Unix Admin. Also, what would an average salary in the field be? It's probably a silly thing to worry about, and I don't know why I am, but I've been getting sick over it. If anyone could shed some light on any of this, I would greatly appreciate it. I realize it's probably a broad, and silly question, but it's been running through my mind like no tomorow. Thanks.

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I don’t think that you made a bad decision at all. You would be able to get a job as an Adminsitrator. But you would want to boost your chances by also getting some certifications, Microsoft, Cisco etc.

The last salary survey that I saw (earlier this year) said that starting salaries are around $4200. But I think that the salary would more depend on the type and size company that hires you.

You can also check with your closest Gov’t (Statistical) office to see what IT areas are in greatest demand.

Stephen

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  • Bobkberg
    First off, I think you've just got a case of the jitters. This is fairly normal. We all have times where we wonder if we've made the right choice, and we can worry ourselves silly about it. I don't just mean choice of career, this covers most of human experience where committment and choices are involved. In terms of where you might start out career-wise, sysadmin is a good starting point, because you'll get a feeling for what the job entails on a practical basis. As Saymes pointed out, additional certifications will also help. The key point to bear in mind - as many other good folks have pointed out - is that you have to love the work to be really good at it. As someone else pointed out, you won't get rich in this business, but you'll make a comfortable living. You've already shown one important trait which will serve you well. When you were not sure about something, you went and asked for opinions and information. Don't ever lose that attitude. Bob
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