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Old 06-23-2015, 08:48 AM
 
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Hi, I have been in the health care industry close to 6 year's. I graduated college with a bachelor's degeee in criminal justice administration. Not regretting the degree it has allowed me the opportunity to work an array of different job's.

However, I am not sure if I wabt to continue with patient care. I was thinking of going to nursing. After working with nurse's not sure I want to. I would probably only go in thevfiekd for career advancement, job stability, and for the money. I would probably end up enjoying it down the road.

I love working with machine's, medical equipment, and computer's. Did 8 month's as an Anesthesia Technician. Additionally, enjoy doing lab work at work mostly just the Phelbotomy side at the moment. I have taken computers apart at times and rebuilt them.

I was looking into Healthcare fields like bioengineering, bio eng. tech, and medical repair tech there is zero job's in my state for those three positions!!!

Then considered bio medical tech, but there's no guarantee to be accepted into an internship. Heard pay is low, not enough financial gain to repay loans, and only 2 program's in my state offer it. In addition to, I found 1 full time job and six per diem bio med tech job's in my state.

Now the hospital I work at has about 4 it support technicians full time, a lot of part time, and per diem openings. In addition, an array of openings at other hospital's in the state.

Curious is IT a good field? Pay good? How is the job? Am I too old to go into the business of IT?

The degeee program seems flexible enough that I can work and go to school, unlike some of the Healthcare degree program's.

I am strong with sciences and hand's on class work. I struggle with some math good with geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. However, I struggle with calculus and statistics...think that'll be an issue?

Is there a difference with Computer Science vs. Computer Engineering vs. Electrical Engineering vs. Computer Development program's?

Appreciate the feedback.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:16 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Why would you leave the healthcare industry that has tons of upside due to Obamacare and go into IT where it's a battleground in the next election to decide how to handle foreign workers taking American jobs.

Here's a warning to the next presidential candidates if any of them endorses and support expanding the H1B1 programs they won't get any American voter support.

Outsourcing IT jobs is big business. It's one of many contributing factors to the growing income inequalities and you want to go into IT where only the ones that outsources jobs gets paid well?
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Desktop support is a dying breed with thin clients, more reliable/cheaper equipment, better trained users, and outsourced positions.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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better trained users
You had me going until you got to there.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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You had me going until you got to there.
Ain't that the truth!
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:26 AM
 
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Hi, I have been in the health care industry close to 6 year's. I graduated college with a bachelor's degeee in criminal justice administration. Not regretting the degree it has allowed me the opportunity to work an array of different job's.

However, I am not sure if I wabt to continue with patient care. I was thinking of going to nursing. After working with nurse's not sure I want to. I would probably only go in thevfiekd for career advancement, job stability, and for the money. I would probably end up enjoying it down the road.

I love working with machine's, medical equipment, and computer's. Did 8 month's as an Anesthesia Technician. Additionally, enjoy doing lab work at work mostly just the Phelbotomy side at the moment. I have taken computers apart at times and rebuilt them.

I was looking into Healthcare fields like bioengineering, bio eng. tech, and medical repair tech there is zero job's in my state for those three positions!!!

Then considered bio medical tech, but there's no guarantee to be accepted into an internship. Heard pay is low, not enough financial gain to repay loans, and only 2 program's in my state offer it. In addition to, I found 1 full time job and six per diem bio med tech job's in my state.

Now the hospital I work at has about 4 it support technicians full time, a lot of part time, and per diem openings. In addition, an array of openings at other hospital's in the state.

Curious is IT a good field? Pay good? How is the job? Am I too old to go into the business of IT?

The degeee program seems flexible enough that I can work and go to school, unlike some of the Healthcare degree program's.

I am strong with sciences and hand's on class work. I struggle with some math good with geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. However, I struggle with calculus and statistics...think that'll be an issue?

Is there a difference with Computer Science vs. Computer Engineering vs. Electrical Engineering vs. Computer Development program's?

Appreciate the feedback.
The IT field is such a broad industry. You mentioned you like to take apart computers and such. Well, keep in mind that this type of support (desktop support, helpdesk support et al) normally does not pay well. Back in the early 2000s, this could be a career, but now you will be lucky to get 12 bucks an hour.

Now, if you skip over this and get into database administration / maintenance, or network security, the money could be there. Also, this is a pretty cutthroat industry.

Having said that, I am always a believer of trying to find a career in a field that you really enjoy. If you do not like what you currently do, by all means go for a career change. Just be ready for a VERY bumpy ride.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:37 AM
 
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I'm a med tech and enjoy the work. Less pay than nurses but I get enough, 50-60k vs 60-70k for entry jobs
http://www1.salary.com/Medical-Techn...CP-salary.html
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:59 AM
 
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Yes IT is very broad. You would not get a degree to service computers and answer a help desk.

If you are ok with algebra and trig, there are a ton of IT related jobs that could fit you. Too much to list here. Seriously. Now if you struggle with calculus, then don't consider engineering unless you are prepared for a ton of remedial work. Calculus and physics are the foundation classes for engineering, and most everything builds off of that. Most computer science programs will require calculus, too. But at the same time it is possible to become a software developer that does absolutely no more math than x + 1. So out of the programs you listed (Computer Science vs. Computer Engineering vs. Electrical Engineering vs. Computer Development), there are very, very big differences. You can become a computer developer without a degree, but you are unlikely to do the same as an engineer.

I'd say read read read on the different IT fields, and also see if they folks at work can give you some advice. When someone says "IT" you are grouping together jobs that max out at $12/hr (as noted earlier) with jobs that average $60,000 -starting- pay. Some are primarily desk jobs (developer) and others may require you to be on your feet a lot (network tech). Maybe you can narrow down what you are most interested in.
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:13 PM
 
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Like some others have said, the role you describe is more of a desktop support role that is very entry level. You may want to focus on something like a systems admin / engineer, as they are further up the food chain and would also provide some of the "technician" type aspects that you enjoy.
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:23 PM
 
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Desktop support is a dying breed with thin clients, more reliable/cheaper equipment, better trained users, and outsourced positions.
Guess again sir

Computer Support Specialists : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

And better trained users hahah yea right I laugh at that hell no way they are better train users in fact Im training one in a bit and have to set up installations for new users aha
You can't outsource computer repair/desktop support.

Desktop support is a good career/job I really don't see why so many people have hates over it.
If its the end user don't be in IT then because you mostly work with people one way or another.

I met some help desk desktop support folks that make between 40k to 80K.

Theres also jobs like Help Desk Tier 2 and Desktop Support Tier 2 they pay decent as well as Help Desk Supervisor or Desktop Management. Help Desk Security etc

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