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Old 06-23-2011, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Im pretty young. And i would like to live in an apartment by myself as soon as i finish my senior year of high school, which will be in about 1 year. I know i need a good paying job of about 35,000 a year in order to be living decent. Im very intereasted in the IT field and want to set my career in that industry. So my question is..
What kind of IT job will pay a high school graduate 35k a year?

Now i do plan on attending college, but i want to be moved out of my parents house first because the living situation is very complex. Once i have a stable living situation, then i will focus on more school.

-All advice or further knowledge on the situation is GREATLY appreciated
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Shen. Valley
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It will be kind of hard to find that, for that pay without the experience or degree. If you have any certifications that may help, so I would see about getting something like that while in your senior year if possible. I work in the IT field for 8 years now, and only have an associates, and it is quite hard to find jobs in VA for that pay. I certainly don't get that currently. Entry level may not be a problem, but you won't get 35K usually, unless really lucky. Most IT jobs in VA seem to focus around Government, Government Contractors/Data Centers, Universities and Software/Telecommunications. All these companies usually are looking for experience and educated for their positions that pay that type of money, because they often focus on security, programming and networking. Most desktop support and such doesn't pay the money you're looking for.

I don't know your full situation, but if you can live at home after graduating for at least a year to gain some education or an internship, then you will be more adapt to reaching your goals. Just my .02 from what I've seen in the area. Good luck though!
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:56 PM
 
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Im pretty young. And i would like to live in an apartment by myself as soon as i finish my senior year of high school, which will be in about 1 year. I know i need a good paying job of about 35,000 a year in order to be living decent. Im very intereasted in the IT field and want to set my career in that industry. So my question is..
What kind of IT job will pay a high school graduate 35k a year?

Now i do plan on attending college, but i want to be moved out of my parents house first because the living situation is very complex. Once i have a stable living situation, then i will focus on more school.

-All advice or further knowledge on the situation is GREATLY appreciated
I could probably give you a little information.

Without a skill or trade it think its significantly unlikely for you to land a job with that high of an income. I think while you're in high school there are a few things you could do to increase your odds upon graduation. I know that with computer networking you can land a decent job. You would want to focus on certifications. Starting with Comptia A+, network+ and security+, to name a few, then move on to Either Cisco certs like CCNA or to Microsoft certs. It could be useful to pickup on secondary certs like linux OS, or some sort of server OS.

It would be useful to buy or find cheap routers to experiment with while your studying Cisco.

These Cisco or Microsoft Certs will give you a better chance at your goal.
You also may want to check your local area to see if there is a demand of these CERT's.

Also know that the certification tests aren't cheap. You'd have to check for specifics but normally they can cost from 100 to 200 dollars or more depending on which one you take. If you're a student in college, your institution may give you a discount for the exams.

It would be extremely useful to get some work experience with this. Maybe you could troubleshoot computers at your school's library or at a local library. Then build up your experience on a small scale.

I think with all that i mentioned it would give you a better chance at getting 35,000 yr job.


Perhaps others can chime in with even better information.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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It will be kind of hard to find that, for that pay without the experience or degree. If you have any certifications that may help, so I would see about getting something like that while in your senior year if possible. I work in the IT field for 8 years now, and only have an associates, and it is quite hard to find jobs in VA for that pay. I certainly don't get that currently. Entry level may not be a problem, but you won't get 35K usually, unless really lucky. Most IT jobs in VA seem to focus around Government, Government Contractors/Data Centers, Universities and Software/Telecommunications. All these companies usually are looking for experience and educated for their positions that pay that type of money, because they often focus on security, programming and networking. Most desktop support and such doesn't pay the money you're looking for.

I don't know your full situation, but if you can live at home after graduating for at least a year to gain some education or an internship, then you will be more adapt to reaching your goals. Just my .02 from what I've seen in the area. Good luck though!
Thank you so much for your advice!
I do plan on trying to recieve my associates at some point.
And probly about mid-way in my senior year i will know exactly what direction i want to go. But you are absolutly right. I should stay home at least an extra year if i want a better chance at reaching my goal.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I could probably give you a little information.

Without a skill or trade it think its significantly unlikely for you to land a job with that high of an income. I think while you're in high school there are a few things you could do to increase your odds upon graduation. I know that with computer networking you can land a decent job. You would want to focus on certifications. Starting with Comptia A+, network+ and security+, to name a few, then move on to Either Cisco certs like CCNA or to Microsoft certs. It could be useful to pickup on secondary certs like linux OS, or some sort of server OS.

It would be useful to buy or find cheap routers to experiment with while your studying Cisco.

These Cisco or Microsoft Certs will give you a better chance at your goal.
You also may want to check your local area to see if there is a demand of these CERT's.

Also know that the certification tests aren't cheap. You'd have to check for specifics but normally they can cost from 100 to 200 dollars or more depending on which one you take. If you're a student in college, your institution may give you a discount for the exams.

It would be extremely useful to get some work experience with this. Maybe you could troubleshoot computers at your school's library or at a local library. Then build up your experience on a small scale.

I think with all that i mentioned it would give you a better chance at getting 35,000 yr job.


Perhaps others can chime in with even better information.
Thanks a bunch for your insight (:
My dad is paying for me to get some microsoft certifications and my CCNA before the end of my senior year.
But the advice you just gave me really has helped and i cant thank you enough. You deff. answered my question and told me even more then i needed. So thanks again!
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Richmond va
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I know you dont want to hear this but take it from a 24 almost 25 year old who moved out on his own at 19.. Get through high school first, do some internships this summer? learn some on the job experience. If you dont have college in you (some of us just are not ment for college) then you at least need some experience. Do the internship, I am sure you can find something.. Live with the parents for a few years while trying to gain knowledge in the field, get to know some of the people in different companies (word of mouth goes a long way). In a few years you might be ready to be on your own. Living on your own is a whole new ballgame.
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