Associates along with A+, Net+ and Cisco or Microsoft is a good place to start! All the above plus experience in IT, landed me a mighty fine paying job...great shift and I am very happy. Right now I'm making 60k+ with overtime, oncall and shift diff
Anilat3r said: "I know I could get A+ certified but I just dont wanna waste the money. "
Well prove it!!! What's the big deal??? Only 125 bucks....
haha your employer is not going to want to waste the money hiring you if you can't prove that you are qualified for the job.
Seriouly sit down and evaluate your "net worth" before job hunting and settling for the first offer. Go over your resume thoroughly b/c the competition in the IT industry is very tough so you need to get all the education, certification and experience you can under your belt before you take the next leap.
Start investing in your future now, even if it requires passing an exam you know you can pass. I've seen HR toss resumes aside, if person A has certs and Person B does NOT!
You need to bring to the table more knowledge and experience than your competition or you will quickly find yourself unemployed.
If you are starting out with education alone and NO experience whatsoever then yes it will be difficult to earn over 40,000/yr. Take an entry level job even if its not the dream job you always wanted. The key is to break the "no experience" barrier by taking what you can get at first.
Then when you feel you are getting to the next level, (don't get too comfortable) move on. The right job will come when its meant to be but never stop looking. Keep a fresh book of contacts.
Do not listen to the nay-sayers that claim your earning potential is limited to only 30k starting out. They're either not searching hard enough or have settled way too early and they're just happy collecting a small paycheck.
You and only you can control your starting salary through negotiation during your interview and how you can sell your skills to your employer. If you can convince your employer that you would truly be the most valuable employee on the team then 50k+ is possible.
By working hard towards certs, education and most importantly practical experience you can achieve success fairly easily in the IT field!!!
If you do have over 5 yrs of experience plus a college degree along with a compilation of IT certs from some of the popluar vendors like MS, Cisco and CompTIA you can really WOW your prospective employer.
That's when you can negotiate salaries anywhere from 60-80k but don't even attempt negotiation without experience.
If you enjoy learning and if you welcome a challenge then IT can be very rewarding. If on the other hand you are constantly late, lazy and no desire to learn then you will go nowhere.
The question should not be "what kind of salary will this get me?" because its not about the money, seems to be the only reason everyone under the sun wants a career in IT nowdays, your question should be rephrased to say-
"How can I achieve success in finding a rewarding job in the IT industry?
You would get more responses with the above b/c that topic headline you chose is rather drab and is totally missing the hook. The "hook" is part of another set of personal skills that you learn by becoming an effective communicator. That's a whole diferrent topic.
If you can quickly make a name for yourself and if you do your job well along with upholding the image of the company at the highest standard
then you will surely get the recognition you deserve. That said, (wow long post) your pay will reflect.