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I was wondering what my next might be to move up in IT. Currently I have an Associates in Net Admin. and have been working as a Net. Techician for over 3 years, mostly dealing with servers, both Windows and Linux. What would be best, certification in particular area, going back to school, or more training? Also, what's the hot field in IT right now? Thanks, Any help would be appreciated.

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There are a lot of different things you can do. If you are considering IT management in the future I suggest you go back to school for at least you B.S. if not a Masters degree. If you would like to stay an admin or an engineer certification is definately a way to show employers that you have the aptitude to learn. Right now it seems that wireless, VoIP, and IPv6 are some really “HOT” areas in IT. Well hope this helps.

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  • goretech
    Thanks for your response. For the long road, what do you think, Would it best to go ahead and finish the schooling now and worry about certs later? Has anyone else been in this same predicament? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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  • Ed Tittel
    Dear Goretech: I agree with vbowen's earlier posting on this subject in large part. US Bureau of Labor Statistics studies show that where lifetime earnings are concerned, absolutely NOTHING beats more education: those with BAs earn more than those with AAs, those with MAs more than BAs, and those with doctorates (MD, PhD, JD, etc.) earn most of all over their entire lifetimes. If you can go back to school, pick a field like engineering, computer science, or business (management information systems) so you can relate your current experience to what you'll learn more about in school. After that, you can let your interests and abilities guide you into specific IT fields of work. I would add networked storage, project management, and network security/audit to the list of hot topics that vbowen mentions in the preceding post as providing interesting, meaningful, and remunerative possibilities for long-term, if not lifetime, IT positions. If you want to get a little more specific with me about your interests, current experience level, likes and dislikes, I can help you formulate a custom career development plan to start moving you in the directions in which you might like to travel, career-wise. Thanks for posting. Hope to hear from you again soon. --Ed--
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