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What Is The Average Lifespan Of People In It Field


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#1 Guest_gooky_*

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 09:00 PM

One of my past do-worker told me that average lifespan of people in the IT field is 4 years after which they drift to another field of work or change career. Another opinion I heard is that people who don't complete their non-IT schooling often end up in IT field. That seems to be true to some extent because I had lots of co-workers who did not study computer science in college. They majored in music, business, or didn't go to college and they worked with me in the field.

I am a bit puzzled about that kind of reality.

Also, what would you say is the answer to my question based on your observation and experience?

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#2 4ward_tristan

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 06:38 PM

hm i guess it depends on how burnt out you get

i have been in the indutry for a year, and if i wanted to could be in it for alot longer, but that all depends on if i get a serious case of the bleeps with it (not hard to do trust me)

so yeah? :thumbsup:
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Posted 17 December 2007 - 06:46 PM

I think that not studying---at least extensively---computer science in college actually extends one's IT life (of course unless you are a programmer), because you can do different kinds of things within IT and not get stale just doing one job.
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Posted 17 December 2007 - 09:03 PM

The IT job guaranteed to drive you batty and into botany is the Help Desk.

All day long people call asking stupid (to me) questions like "why won't my computer work in the executive steamroom?" and "ever since I started keeping my collection of rare Earth magnets on my computer case, my PC's acted all funny".

A few days of keeping your cool under those conditions would make anyone reconsider that job over at the 7-11.

Then there's the type of person who actually thinks that they know more than me about computers, even though the schmuck couldn't turn a computer on if there was a big red button four feet across his desk that said in neon lights "Push Me To Surf for Porn"

No, the IT guy that lasts the longest is the guy who gets the cushy "Dedicated Executive Support" position. Not because the questions are any less inane or the users any less insane, but because you get paid four times as much as I do to hand hold the upper management through MS Outlook and find incriminating photographs on the CEO's hard drive with which you force said CEO to pay you more and transfer you to the office in the Bahamas where there aren't actually any computers but only a guy named Diego who brings you those drinks with the little umbrella in them meanwhile I get to explain, for the thirtieth time, why the CD drive tray is not a good place to put one's coffee cup...

Ah jeez I need a cigarette now...

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 12:10 AM

My son-in-law is an IT in the US Navy. His job is really boring most of the time. He's not sure if he'll continue in the IT field once he gets out of the Navy.

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 02:20 PM

I think the question probably should be is how long before your IT job is outsourced to a different country at a 10th the pay you were making. :thumbsup:
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 06:43 PM

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 07:16 PM

Smell Tech Support (Warning, Not Safe For Work or younglings)

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No wonder forums like BC are more popular than ever in helping with computer problems!
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 07:32 PM

lol @ the link! Nice one there AA.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 03:19 PM

oh my god :flowers:
I have had that guy twice in the past 2 months :thumbsup:
god my head hurts.
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