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Post by IiLuSiv » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:30 pm

I'm young, in college, and have recently got a dose of reality. I realize when I get out I may not be able to get a job based off what I know and if I do it will probably be unrelated.

I figure since I'm not working, instead of putting 8 hours a week at some low pay job, it would be a better investment to learn a skill that pays.

I'm at an age where I am committed to follow through with a course of study, so I am wondering what are some skills I could teach myself that would result in having a dependable middle class (or better) income.

I know of a few things.

Network Administration
JAVA Programming
Advanced Web Design

what else...? Anything in high demand?
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Post by IiLuSiv » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:43 pm

http://w3schools.com/

I found this website, but I don't know the marketablity of a lot of this stuff. I just want to spend the next few months to 2 years learning something that will allow me to make money.
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Re: Computer Skills Or Other Paying Positions

Post by butters » Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:03 pm

IiLuSiv wrote:I'm young, in college, and have recently got a dose of reality. I realize when I get out I may not be able to get a job based off what I know and if I do it will probably be unrelated.

I figure since I'm not working, instead of putting 8 hours a week at some low pay job, it would be a better investment to learn a skill that pays.

I'm at an age where I am committed to follow through with a course of study, so I am wondering what are some skills I could teach myself preferably in a non-construction field that would result in having a dependable middle class (or better) income.

I know of a few things.

Network Administration
JAVA Programming
Advanced Web Design

what else...? Anything in high demand?
Get some certs can do programming for a living. It takes years of IT work to get to be a network administrator, and web designers are a dime a dozen these days.
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Post by sixteen-bit » Mon Mar 26, 2007 11:14 pm

I know of a few things.

Network Administration
JAVA Programming
Advanced Web Design
Getting some PHP & MySQL* knowledge under your belt would compliment your current skills. Web Applications seem to be quite 'in' right now ;)


*substitute your favourite relational database and web scripting language here.
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Post by Roofus » Mon Mar 26, 2007 11:28 pm

PHP is for n00bs. 9 out of 10 |-|4><0r5 agree that Ruby on Rails is l33t. Or so Leo Laporte would have us believe.
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Post by mink03 » Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:03 pm

if you know photoshop well you could go to your local tv stations and see if they need a part time graphics artist.. to make those those little over the shoulder pictures you see during anchor deads
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Post by IiLuSiv » Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:07 am

What is the deal with C Sharp and .NET, someone was telling me these were hot.

As far as Java goes, if I get certified, how do I go about getting a job, and what kinda paywage do you think they have. I've heard standard is 45 an hour, which doesn't sound bad at all.
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Post by Thomas » Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:21 am

IiLuSiv wrote:What is the deal with C Sharp and .NET, someone was telling me these were hot.

As far as Java goes, if I get certified, how do I go about getting a job, and what kinda paywage do you think they have. I've heard standard is 45 an hour, which doesn't sound bad at all.
I doubt you'd get $45/hour with just a JAVA certification, hell I doubt most CS students get that much right away.
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Post by SuperMegatron » Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:07 am

Thomas wrote:I doubt you'd get $45/hour with just a JAVA certification, hell I doubt most CS students get that much right away.
I would think 45 in California would be a starting wage. The cost of living is so high out there.
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Post by Thomas » Wed Mar 28, 2007 2:44 pm

SuperMegatron wrote:
Thomas wrote:I doubt you'd get $45/hour with just a JAVA certification, hell I doubt most CS students get that much right away.
I would think 45 in California would be a starting wage. The cost of living is so high out there.
That doesn't always matter.

http://www.diversityworking.com/career/ ... loper.html

The majority of those salaries are people with Bachelors in Computer Science/Engineering and the average is barley around $45/hour (when broken down to hourly).

I'm sure you can go far with JAVA stuff, but don't expect to make close to 6 figures with just a certification and not a computer degree along side it.
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Post by Disheveled DrFreeze » Sat Mar 31, 2007 5:55 am

Roofus wrote:PHP is for n00bs. 9 out of 10 |-|4><0r5 agree that Ruby on Rails is l33t. Or so Leo Laporte would have us believe.
yeah, PHP is for noobs. I dont know ruby on rails, but i am a Sun Certified Web Component Developper, and if you want to set up any type of serious web app, PHP is gonna make your life hell compared to servlets/JSP in a java based web app.

if you are serious about going the java route, you should look into SCJP (Sun Certified Java Programmer, exam 310-055, which i happen to have :P), that is THE starting point if you want any java certifications
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