I am a first year networking student working my way towards my associate networking degree which I am scheduled to complete in the Summer of 2008. I plan to acquire a Cisco certification and use it combined with my degree to land my first job and complete my bachelor's degree the following year. I'm currently changing fields at 31 (real-estate crash victim) and I am seeking stability in a career path that is growing and expanding. The dean at my college has been helpful answering most of my questions but lacked the industry specific knowledge to answer this question which I pose:
Out of all the possible career paths that a network degree could take you... What in your opinion would provide an individual with the greatest stability and income ? What certifications in addition to a CCNA should I try to pick up to maximize my odds of landing a job with a starting salary that one could actually live on (40k+)?
I have about eight years of experience in Celluar retail, products and management. I was hoping to leverage some of this experience when seeking my first job though none of it is related to networks. Who pays some of the better wages to network professionals? Financial companiess? Celluar/Wireless providers? The government?
Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated. A bit of advice from an industry insider would be of great benefit. Thank you!