IT technician

I have taught myself IT over 11 years. I have a small network set up at home of four machines, and have sat and passed NT Server 4.0, NT Workstation 4.0 and CompTIA A+ & Network+ exams, with good pass marks.

Dear What Am I Worth,

I am four months into my first job as IT technician for a high school in Hawke's Bay, where I administer a NT network of three servers and 120 workstations, some running Win95/98. I carry out repairs and upgrades, maintain the dozen or so printers and offer software support and instruction to staff and pupils.

I have taught myself IT over 11 years. I have a small network set up at home of four machines, and have sat and passed NT Server 4.0, NT Workstation 4.0 and CompTIA A+ & Network+ exams, with good pass marks. I'm studying for my Windows 2000 "70-240 Accelerated Exam" which I hope to sit in August/September 2001. I'm approaching my goal of MCSE the old-fashioned way, one exam at a time.

Self taught tech

Steve Green at Aacorn International replies: Firstly it is perhaps regrettable that roles in provincial centres are lower paid than in the major cities and furthermore that roles within the education sector again pay less than in the commercial world.

With regards to your plans to acquire MCSE qualification, I express a concern that your phased approach may result in you having to re-sit certain papers, as Microsoft rightly constantly reviews the curriculum for MCSE. Therefore whilst you appear not to be seeking new employment to advance your career it may prove beneficial to join a company which can benefit from your skills whilst sponsoring your ongoing education.

In the current situation I would anticipate a salary of $33,000 to $38,000.

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