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Terrance
07-02-2005, 11:07 PM
I was just curious (question in the title).

Plus, after I graduate from college, I'm looking to get either my mcsd or mcdba, and I was wondering how well people were doing with those certs.

Thanks

ober
07-03-2005, 08:43 AM
I have my Bachelor's of Science in Computer Engineering (no certs), and I make the average for an engineering position in my area (sorry, I'm not going to give you dollar amounts). My company wouldn't really pay me more if I had any specific certs... they'd only pay for me to get them.

The Brain
07-03-2005, 11:41 AM
Originally posted by ober

I have my Bachelor's of Science in Computer Engineering...


where'd you go to school..? I'm trying to get into George Mason (in Fairfax) this fall to finish up my CS degree.

xErath
07-03-2005, 05:36 PM
3rd year Informatics Engineering and reaching 4th

Govtcheez
07-03-2005, 06:51 PM
where'd you go to school..? I'm trying to get into George Mason (in Fairfax) this fall to finish up my CS degree.
I'm gonna speak for ober, because I got the same degree at the same university, and also because I'm drunk. Kettering University in Flint, MI.
InformaticsThat's not even a word

major_small
07-03-2005, 07:00 PM
so far I just have an associates in computer systems management (wtf?) but I'm working on a BS in comp sci, which will hopefully turn into a MS... no certifications either.

edit: oh yeah, I make $8/hr in a photo lab. I just recently got up to level III which should include a raise. if you want to call that a certification.

nvoigt
07-04-2005, 08:22 AM
I have the equivalent of a CompSci BS. When I came out of school, Germany did not have a BS/Masters system, now we have. Anyway, I don't have other certs. I don't plan to get more certs programming wise. Most are just a ton of money spent to prove what I already know. I will probably go for certs that teach me something new, where my money is spent for actually learning something. Probably the degree you need to train apprentices/trainees. Not that I wouldn't do that already, but I only cover the technical side, the organization is done by my boss, who already has this degree.

What I make is somewhat below average, but at least in Germany, we have a serious unemployment problem and there isn't really a flood of better jobs just around the corner. Numbers won't help you any here, because variables are totally different. Tax percentages, living costs etc. If absolutely nothing were deducted from my pay, then I could afford 21.91 Meals at McDonalds per day. Good thing that the state and insurances deduct ~40% before I even get to see my paycheck. I don't think I would be able to survive on that diet :rolleyes:

Brian
07-04-2005, 10:21 AM
none - nothing

elad
07-04-2005, 10:47 AM
Ditto.

However, I do have two non-computer related degrees, a loving spouse, two wonderful offspring, and three mischievious household guests, so I swear that time keeps accelerating every year. When I can find a few minutes here and there to browse the board, an hour or two to work on projects, or some friends to play a rubber of bridge, its priceless.

maes
07-05-2005, 02:07 PM
Ditto.

However, I do have two non-computer related degrees, a loving spouse, two wonderful offspring, and three mischievious household guests, so I swear that time keeps accelerating every year. When I can find a few minutes here and there to browse the board, an hour or two to work on projects, or some friends to play a rubber of bridge, its priceless.
So you make no money whatsoever?

elad
07-05-2005, 07:25 PM
No income from writing code, at least. I do it for a hobby and the intellectual challenge, or as Prelude has put it so eloquently, as part of an effort to find a state of confuzzlement. As to the day job, let's just say I manage to do all right. I don't win any prizes, but I don't have many worries either. IMO having a job and earning a living is a means to an end. I have to admit, that being able to enjoy the process has it's own rewards, though.

maes
07-06-2005, 01:03 AM
No income from writing code, at least. I do it for a hobby and the intellectual challenge, or as Prelude has put it so eloquently, as part of an effort to find a state of confuzzlement. As to the day job, let's just say I manage to do all right. I don't win any prizes, but I don't have many worries either. IMO having a job and earning a living is a means to an end. I have to admit, that being able to enjoy the process has it's own rewards, though.
hmm, it was meant as a joke: like you have to give all your money to your wife :s.

didn't mean to ask any more personal details ;)

ok, bad joke I admit

axon
07-06-2005, 04:37 AM
hmm, it was meant as a joke: like you have to give all your money to your wife :s.

didn't mean to ask any more personal details ;)

ok, bad joke I admit

maes old bloke! where have you been my techno dancing brother? the entropy (http://www.forums.entropysink.com/) beckons!! come, join us again, we've all missed you!!!!!




P.S. F U Maes. :p

Fordy
07-06-2005, 05:42 AM
I dont have any IT certs, and I dont work in IT, although it does present itself in my work quite frequently - building databases, websites, data manipulation tools etc.

My career and degree are in accountancy. I'm finishing professional qualifications at the moment (that's why I have been absent for a while).

As to how much I earn, I wont comment.

Govtcheez
07-06-2005, 05:54 AM
It's all based on how many coins I can fit into my little tin cup at one time

ober
07-06-2005, 09:20 AM
hmm, it was meant as a joke: like you have to give all your money to your wife :s.

didn't mean to ask any more personal details ;)

ok, bad joke I admit
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maes
07-06-2005, 11:03 AM
perhaps I join perhaps I won't.
I'm a bit too busy with work (I switched to the dark side of java Muahahaha)
also, I'm planning to move, busy partying, etc.
not much time anymore for surfing the net ;)

but I'll stop by once in a while ;)

Oh yeah, STFU ober and axon :p

ober
07-06-2005, 11:55 AM
:D

STFU Maes :)

Damn, it feels good to be able to say that again.

dpro
07-07-2005, 12:48 PM
Hmm I have a BS in ACMS(applied computational mathematical sciences) and I work as a programmer. Anyway, its good work, and math does come in handy while programming, as well as the logical side of programming :). Decent money too :)

xxxrugby
07-07-2005, 12:54 PM
In two days I am going on M$ 70-270 course.!
Well will I have it. We will know in two weeks.!

mix0matt
07-08-2005, 07:46 PM
BS in Computer Science from Washington University.

Three certs: Sun certified java Programmer, Sun Certified Business Component Developer, and Sun certfied Web Component developer.

I work for a mid-sized customer and information management company based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

I make decent money. Above average for the industry in the area...basically because there isn't an industry. I feel like i could do better in another city, but I love where i work.

Prelude
07-08-2005, 08:17 PM
>I was wondering how well people were doing with those certs.
I have no certifications, the equivalent of an Associate's degree, and I make over $50k (though I won't say how much over). While it's possible to do well without certifications and such, it's better to stack the deck in your favor by getting them. I just got lucky.