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    cr218 is offline Registered User
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    new looking for advice

    Ok so I posted one other post but somehow it disappeared. :)

    So, Im interested in obtaining a masters in IT. However, not to sure what degree is the most marketable and make the biggest bang for my buck. I do not have experience in the field so I need a degree from a brick and mortar school. Im sure this would be the only way to obtain the internships and people that know people. Unless someone can provide some advice to this.
    Bottom line is what is the top three degrees for masters level and which ones make the most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cr218 View Post
    Ok so I posted one other post but somehow it disappeared. :)
    Give posts a little time to make it through moderation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cr218 View Post
    However, not to sure what degree is the most marketable and make the biggest bang for my buck.
    I do not have experience in the field so I need a degree from a brick and mortar school. Im sure this would be the only way to obtain the internships and people that know people. Unless someone can provide some advice to this.
    As someone in IT for over 10 years, I can tell you plainly that being able to do the task trumps everything. (Of course, who you know would matter if someone else can do the same stuff.)

    You're better off getting entry level work first, and then going to school after figuring out what you like to do.

    The "who you know" part would get taken care of naturally, as you gained more experience, and thus knew more people yourself.

    If knowing people is really such a great concern for you, make sure to get involved in "meetups" in your area for your particular field of interest.

    Bottom line is what is the top three degrees for masters level and which ones make the most.
    If you're referring to what subjects in particular to study in IT to rake in the big bucks, I'd advise this order, from higher to lower salaries.
    Business - lead/strategy
    Project - organizing labor
    Engineering - build/design
    Technical - break/fix

    Look at it as some sort of hierarchy. The person at the top of the pyramid sets the direction. The next level directs the minions. The minions who build and design things can make more than the minions that break/fix things.

    If you want some kind of plan to advance for more money (which appears to be your objective) I would advise to start out with break/fix stuff, but try to get involved in leaning down the project management path as early as possible, and then look for any lead/strategy opportunities when you get the opportunity.

    Since you seem primarily interested in money, keep in mind that different industries have different perks (some pay more, some give more days off).

    If you're looking for specific degree/cert areas:
    Business - MBA /Leadership
    Project - Project Management
    Engineering -Engineering
    Technical - IT

    Keep in mind what I warned you of, though: get some experience while you're going to school, and go to meetups to meet people in the field.
    If you put in the effort, you can increase your wages fast in IT.

    Hope this helps!
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    Agree With Instant000

    Well said, Instant000. Having been in IT for 33 years doing the work of a programmer analyst and a business analyst, I just want to add that in the IT world a very significant amount of overtime is required by many companies. I have had 5 IT jobs during my career, and in every one of them a severe amount of overtime was demanded. While there may be some IT companies that believe in giving their employees something approaching a work life balance, I think that the majority do not. If I had to redo my career, I am not sure if I would choose IT again. However, the salaries are good in IT.

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    Instant000,

    Good advice. Well done.

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