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Are most IT jobs on call?

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#1 PragmaticZealot


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 01:08 AM

Hi everyone,

I already graduated with a bachelors in psychology but I’m considering a masters in IT.  I’ve had miserable luck with my psych degree.  The job prospects are dismal, the pay is low, and the work is extremely stressful.  Currently, I work at walmart, go figure.  I heard IT pays better and has more openings.  However, the thing that triggers a red flag is that this field involves a lot of on-call work.  So far, I have gotten mixed messages from friends who are in the field.  One friend who does tech support at a hospital says there are mid level positions that require little to no on-call.  Another friend who is doing a mid-level position for a company says that the IT field is mostly contract work and requires constant on-call (he is on-call 24/7).  Which one of my friends is right?  I really need to decide on a career.  But if IT requires you to always be on call, then I will have to think twice about majoring in it.  I really REALLY want to have (most) weekends off and I want to be able to leave work at work.  Can I make it work or is it wishful thinking on my part?

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 01:29 AM

I am on call every 3rd weekend in my current position, and have only been called twice in the last 3 years in my current position. (sysadmin/tech)


It really depends on the sub-field of IT you go into. I mean IT is HUGE! There are so many different specializations of IT that come in so many different forms, with so many expectations. 


Personally I am involved on the manufacturing side, but there is accounting, programming and development, medical, engineering, research, too many specialist fields to mention...


Having a degree already in psychology you could do some research and find out what specialist IT you could look at doing... there might be some tasty options out there I know nothing about.


You can just avoid tech support as there is far more to the field.

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 02:44 AM

Many of the good permanent jobs are taken so there isn't a lot of turn over. I know people with more than one degree and are still doing flip burger jobs. That's what happens when jobs are outsourced. They can pay someone 2 dollars an hour to do your job. We are economicaly bleeding to death.

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 02:51 AM

I just completed a degree of Computer Science and the jobs aren't too hard to get, however that is mostly programming.  There are lots of System Admin jobs out there which are full-time, however some do require you to also be on-call.  It is hard to get a job just in IT, as there are a lot of people out there.  However once you get a job it's so much easier to get the next one.

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 06:53 AM

It really depends on who and what you are supporting.  In a well managed environment even if you are on call the number of actual calls is normally very low, one a month or less.  That will change to every time if you're supporting a 24/7 poorly maintained environment.

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