Road To MCSE: The Future Of Network Administration Page 2

Thomas Shinder

The "job" seeker is someone that wants to get into the industry because he thought it might be interesting and was told the pay was good. He might also be someone that didn't have any interest at all in computers and networking, but was sold down the river by someone telling him that all he had to do was sit through some classes, and the "phat" paychecks would be rolling in "in no-time". The person looking for a "job" might also be someone that has an interest in computers and networking, but lacks the dedication, resources, or emotional support to do what it takes to make a professional career for himself.

The industry needs job seekers. As the size and levels of complexity of network and computing environments grows, so does the number of positions of different types open up. And with the increased number of positions comes a greater degree of stratification of those positions. Some opportunities require little more than knowing how to answer the phone and searching a help-desk database. Some require a basic knowledge of a particular operating system, software package, or network device. And some require that the person is a master of operating systems and network topologies.

On the other hand, there is the person looking for a professional career. He reads everything he can get his hands on, he ask questions of himself and others about incongruent issues, he pinches pennies and foregoes life's pleasures to obtain the hardware and software he needs to advance his career. When he's not working, he's studying and practicing in order to gain more and more experience and learn the nuances and "undocumented features" of the technology that has galvanized his attention.

These professionals are the "go to" guys. They are the ones that everyone goes to when no one can or will find the answer to a particular problem. They are paid well and are highly regarded because they will, time after time, pull a business out of a potential disaster that could negatively impact the company's bottom line.

On the next page, we'll try to figure out what this has to do with salary discrepancies.

This article was originally published on Nov 27, 2000
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