Which IT jobs pay well and do NOT include software programming?

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I am getting my Bachelors in Computer Systems Engineering and am in my third year. I have taken courses like CCNA, CCNET, C++, Java, microprocessors, databases, systems programming, logic design, and computer architecture. I am not a good software programmer, so I am looking for a career path related to computers that is not software programming but still pays well in the future. Which possible paths could I choose to pursue my further education? I appreciate any advice. Thank you.

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Dear Sir or Madam:

The best way to garner this kind of information is to look at IT salary surveys across a broad range of publications. If you were to do so, you’d see that numerous non-programming technical specialties in IT pay extremely well (but they also take years of experience, which you’ll need to acquire on your way to such lofty compensation):

1. Information Security
2. Networked Storage Technologies (NAS, SAN, etc.)
3. Enterprise Resource Planning software (especially SAP)
4. Network Convergence Technologies (Voice, Video, Data & high-speed QoS infrastructures)

In short, there are many paths to a good career that don’t involve programming. What you need to do is to find some topics where your interests and good opportunities coincide. You should probably be able to get some good help from your college or university recruiting/placement office or staff in this regard as well, and you may also want to talk to some of your professors about this subject while you’re at it.

Good luck with your career planning, and thanks for posting,

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  • sumangoth
    i'm in 3rd yr BscIT but nil in computer programming ,what kind of job may b suitable for me
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    I had completed my MCA on 2012 in distance education and I'm not interested only in programming and I need a system jobs for me. Which way should I go?
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  • ToddN2000
    If you want to make money then you really need to look. Check the job sites like monster.com and others. Years ago I worked for a company in Massachusetts, making what I though was good pay for being in the field for about 15 years. I did some poking around and found a jr. programmer position, with little experience required, in Little Rock, Arkansas that was paying 6K more than I was getting. A junior position! I was currently employed as a programmer /analyst. So to best answer these questions, if you want a big paycheck, you need to look and remember if you need to relocate to get that check, what is the cost of living in that area? It may not be wort and extra 10k a year if you have to spend an extra 600/mo for rent and more for all your other living expenses.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I'm partial to security. However, regardless of the area you choose to specialize in, your earning ability is basically unlimited - especially if you work for yourself and focus on your goal and time management skills. The most important thing is to choose an area that excites you and motivates you to keep getting better. More resources here:
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  • ToddN2000
    I agree with Kevin. Stay motivated and enjoy your work. I changed careers a couple years back. Went for the RPG world to the .NET / VB world after almost 30 years. After playing with all this new code and seeing it's power, I'm now playing around with developing 3D games in my spare time. This way I can use my commercial art background. I spend a lot of my free time expanding my career possibilities which may involve some part time consulting.
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  • Ken Harthun
    I am a Network Administrator responsible for the entire network at a small career college of about 100 employees. My compensation is quite good with good benefits. You might consider that route. However, these days, Information Security (InfoSec) is quite in demand and probably more lucrative. Check the salary surveys for the industry. Here's a good salary survey.
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