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Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

samzenpus posted about 1 month ago | from the using-your-skills dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Here on Slashdot we sometimes see questions about how to get IT jobs while having little experience, changing from one specialty to another, or being (gasp) middle aged. And, we see comments that bemoan various aspects of IT work and express a desire to do something entirely different. This is what I'm wondering about, and I thought I'd put my questions to Ask Slashdot. Has anyone successfully applied their years of IT experience to other lines of work? Is the field that you moved on to entirely unrelated, or is there a more substantial link to your new (but clearly not IT) role?"

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158 comments

It's all "tech"-ish (3, Interesting)

alphatel (1450715) | about 1 month ago | (#47146189)

Okay, since you asked nicely.

I've been doing IT since I chose to become a programmer. As you can see, being a programmer didn't really happen, even though I had been programming and even went to school for it since I was a mere youth. Fast forward many millions of years later and I still manage some IT systems for a select group of high-end clients whom I know personally. That's a plus and it's easy work for me. This whole time that I've been doing IT I have been doing many other projects: building custom high-end servers and workstations; doing wordpress buildouts, and running some eCommerce sites on various platforms. Somehow this morphed into driving traffic and is changing into a lucrative business. I don't worry about where I will end up, so whatever I start digging my nails is where I go.

It's all tech-ish somehow.

Supply Chain (2)

galgon (675813) | about 1 month ago | (#47146637)

Supply Chain Management is a field that tends to be on the tech heavy side but unfortunately most people working in it do not have an CS/Programming background. Having that background would give you a leg up if you can get hired. There are some interesting problems in this field like linear optimization and forecasting to keep you busy.

Re:Supply Chain (1)

Collective 0-0009 (1294662) | about 1 month ago | (#47146681)

Agreed. You can get very technical when discussing supply chain optimization/management. And parent is absolutely correct that there are many people out there poorly managing their supply chain because most of the work is very data driven, and the people cannot understand it all.

Biggest issue is that many smaller companies take a short view and still consider these things "purchasing"... and after all, how hard is it to buy stuff? So they don't pay much for these roles. It's getting better.

Re:Supply Chain (1)

Gareth Iwan Fairclough (2831535) | about 1 month ago | (#47146927)

Supply Chain Management is a field that tends to be on the tech heavy side but unfortunately most people working in it do not have an CS/Programming background. Having that background would give you a leg up if you can get hired. There are some interesting problems in this field like linear optimization and forecasting to keep you busy.

Good to know. I'm going to study that at university from this September. I suppose I should get in some classes programming etc while I'm there. Thanks!

Re:Supply Chain (2)

ranton (36917) | about 1 month ago | (#47147339)

Good to know. I'm going to study that at university from this September. I suppose I should get in some classes programming etc while I'm there. Thanks!

My wife is in Supply Chain Management as an analyst, and here are some of the ares of IT that she feels would help her do her job better (and once the kids are in school she may have time to work on them).

Databases are by far the most important area of IT for someone working in SCM. Understand how database schemas work. Know basic optimization techniques; you probably won't need to implement it yourself but you may need to intelligently discuss this topic with your DBAs. Know the difference between OLAP and OLTP (and not just the definitions).

Simple programming knowledge will also help immensely. Sometimes you need to manipulate data in a way that your BI tools won't allow. The difference between an SCM analyst/planner that has full control over her data and one that doesn't is immense. You will often be fighting against intuitive solutions with data driven solutions, and usually that will be hard. So far my wife has had to rely on me when she needs something done and can't get developer resources assigned at work. Usually the result is a couple hours of work on my part to allow her to solve a problem that would have literally been impossible for a team of dozens without the use of custom code.

Drinking (3, Funny)

what2123 (1116571) | about 1 month ago | (#47146193)

Mostly campfire talk and bar speak. These skills always help me find a way to keep on talking while the drinks keep pouring.

additional skill (2)

akume325 (1397865) | about 1 month ago | (#47146195)

professional resume consulting.

none (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146197)

Perhaps none at all

Re:none (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146287)

This. It might happen but is actually not very common.

Re:none (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47147009)

By a strange coincidence, “None at all” is exactly how much suspicion the ape-descendant Arthur Dent had that one of his closest friends was not descended from an ape, but was, in fact, from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse. Arthur Dent's failure to suspect this reflects the care with which his friend blended himself into human society - after a fairly shaky start. When he first arrived fifteen years ago, the minimal research he had done had suggested to him that the name ‘Ford Prefect' would be nicely inconspicuous. He will enter our story in thirty-five seconds and say “Hello, Arthur.” The ape-descendant will greet him in return, but in deference to a million years of evolution, he will not attempt to pick fleas off him; Earthmen are not proud of their ancestors and never invite them round to dinner.

None / Driving (2, Insightful)

Stargoat (658863) | about 1 month ago | (#47146201)

Business skills are not actually applicable in business. Sure, like recognizes like, but that mostly applies in golf, accounting, and working on Cisco routers. Three completely separate skill sets. Once you are pigeon-holed as IT, there you will stay.

You can move to marketing and run reports and websites. But don't try to be creative, because you are IT.
Senior Management won't want you around, because IT are nerds.
HR? Well, that's a career for paid liars, so maybe you could work there.
Accounting? Get your CPA.
Sales? No, because you are IT.

Get it? Good. Now get a golf club and start making friends.

Whoredom (5, Funny)

korbulon (2792438) | about 1 month ago | (#47146203)

1. Dealing with a wide array sockets and dongles.

2. Freelancing more remunerative but far more risky.

3. Constantly worrying about viruses and having to conduct frequent screenings.

4. Coping with strange end-user requests.

5. Getting fucked by clients AND bosses.

Re:Whoredom (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146929)

It has some similarities with the Drugs industry as well.

1. Both industries refer to their customers as "users"
2. If you don't know how to perform a certain task, instructions can be found online
4. Use of cheap components to make a complex product
5. Users always demand more

Automotive (3, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 1 month ago | (#47146213)

There's a waning supply of automotive technicians, especially as demand rises for electronics repair and so on. As EVs become more prevalent, and it looks like they finally will do that this time, these skills will only be in more demand. Preparation for the ASE exam on automotive electronics can be done at a trade school or sometimes through a six-unit course at a community college. If you know your way around computers in a big way, and know which end of a soldering iron is which, you'll find it a doddle.

Granted, you'll still get your hands dirty, because all this electronic stuff still runs to and from grease pits at this point, but that's set to change. And meanwhile, it's some of the highest-billed automotive work. Generally speaking, only high-end performance, high-end body work (stainless, aluminum, metal finishing) or paint (whether custom paint or spot repair) can touch it, per-hour. You can get paid just to hook up a scanner and read out codes, at this point, mobile diagnosis is a business all on its own and it requires just a handful of stuff. If you want to do it non-hackishly you need a couple grand in scanners, but you can always work for a shop, or a dealer. Some body shops also have an electrical guy, but often that guy is also the A/C guy and that pretty much sucks. Compressor oil is hard on the skin.

Re:Automotive (2)

TWX (665546) | about 1 month ago | (#47146301)

The only automotive service job that an IT guy might be able to do with no prior experience would be as the service manager. And that job usually goes to someone that worked their way up through being a mechanic, not a computer expert.

Computers were my hobby until I made them my profession and then started disliking them. I spent a decade learning how to work on cars for my hobby, and it took a lot of effort to get to where I was any good, and that's with platforms that are fairly simple to work on, ie, large RWD cars with simple control systems.

Sure, a computer geek can figure out how to use a CANBUS scanner, but will a computer geek be happy with busted knuckles, grease-filled lacerations, no cooling in the summer, no heat in the winter, caustic chemicals, etc? Probably not your average computer geek, we got into this profession with the intention to not get that dirty, and the worst we normally have to face is dustbunnies.

An IT professional could probably transition into industrial control systems, but would have to spend some time getting acquainted with the mechanical side and all the sweat and strain that it entails.

Re:Automotive (1)

Collective 0-0009 (1294662) | about 1 month ago | (#47146759)

Wow, you might want to rethink your view of IT professionals. We aren't all the stereotypical geek from Revenge of the Nerds anymore. In fact, more IT people that I know have "get your hands dirty" hobbies than salesman, managers, or others.

And I doubt most IT professionals thought "what job can I do while being lazy and have heating/ac"... I figured out this was going to be my line of work before hitting high school.

And not to doubt your experience, but many automotive jobs are not all that dirty and greasy anymore. Many places have hydraulic lifts so the mech doesn't even touch the ground all day. They have tools that make the job easy compared to fixing your own car in the driveway.

Your entire frame of reference seems to be stuck in the 80's.

Re:Automotive (5, Interesting)

rbrewrr (583450) | about 1 month ago | (#47146847)

I don't know if I completely agree with this assessment. The mechanics that service our fleet of vehicles needs to be fairly familiar with a variety of computer systems. We use a web-based issue ticketing and tracking system and our more tech-savvy technicians provide valuable feedback to make that system better. Our Cummins, International, and other vendors for brake systems, air conditioning systems, and others use software combined with various leads and interfaces to access computer data. Our newest vehicles can report information back to our system wirelessly within our shops. Precious few of our mechanics are familiar with the systems enough to use them to their potential. One of our newest acquisitions is a Snap-On Verus, which is a WinXP based tablet with a variety of modules that interface with vehicle systems for troubleshooting. It is capable of not only gathering the symptoms, but also searches online databases for highest probability resolutions for those problems. Again, I'm not entirely sure I agree with your assessment, because you may be correct that a computer geek might not want to do this type of work, what I see in our shop is a transition from the mechanic work of my father's day (basic ODB-II scanner capable, but more at home with a dwell meter and basic timing light) to the modern mechanic who must know how to effectively search databases and extract data from complex electronic systems.

Re:Automotive (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47147005)

IT Professional here. I do my own automotive work outside, in the driveway, in the middle of Canadian winters. I have to snow blow the driveway first. Even real mechanics think I've lost my mind replacing brake lines, radiators, block heaters, axle shafts, entire exhaust from the manifold back, wheel bearings, tie rods, and other shit in those conditions. Haven't pulled a motor or transmission in the driveway yet, but that's only because I haven't had either of them blow up on my shitboxes (things tend to rust out before they get to that point here, unless the tranny/engine are flawed from the factory, in which case I know better than to buy that vehicle in the first place).

I just figure throw on the torn up snowmobile suit and get to work. Car ain't gonna fix itself. I do wear gloves in the winter, so my hands don't freeze to the tools.

I don't do heights, though. Lost a non-IT job due to that. :D

You're right for about 50% of IT pros, though. Staying clean is why they do IT. The other half have different reasons.

Re:Automotive (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 1 month ago | (#47147251)

Sure, a computer geek can figure out how to use a CANBUS scanner, but will a computer geek be happy with busted knuckles, grease-filled lacerations, no cooling in the summer, no heat in the winter, caustic chemicals, etc?

There is still a certain element of that, and as I alluded, not everyone wants dirty hands. But there's less of that than ever before, and virtually everyone these days is working in a shop with at least heating, if not A/C. And the electronics guy rarely has to actually do any serious wrenching, although sometimes you will have to remove a bumper or something. These days, that's usually hilariously easy.

Landscaping (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146215)

They already know how to dispense the fertilizer.

Pen testing and auditing (3, Informative)

sinij (911942) | about 1 month ago | (#47146237)

Jumping out of IT is difficult, but not impossible. One way to do it while still staying on 'technical' track is to jump into Information Assurance field. Most direct jump is to do network security audits, penetration testing, or security certification.

everywhere (3, Interesting)

Stéphane V (3594053) | about 1 month ago | (#47146289)

one of the basic IT Skills is ... "Troubleshooting". Yup that basic 101 skill that is used by every IT person that I know MUST know how to troubleshoot. You know by the amount of time the skills of a person when he applies is IT skills at work with troubleshooting. Someone who could of resolved a matter in minutes and does it in an hour, you know he needs lots of training. This troubleshooting skill can be applied in almost every field that requires some thinking.

Finance (5, Insightful)

PPalmgren (1009823) | about 1 month ago | (#47146305)

Not that is a major career switch because I only had two years in IT, but I have been working in Finance for 7 years now after going to school, but not finishing, for electrical engineering.

I actually landed the finance job by selling my technical aptitude. You'd be amazed at the kind of elementary mistakes people make in other fields just because they don't know how to properly operate a computer, and how they can get hung up on the most menial tasks because they are scared of the system in front of them. It took a while to learn the finance side of things, but once I got rolling, I was able to double or triple the productivity of others with lower error rates. Add on to this that someone from IT understands enough to automate menial tasks, and you have a recipe for efficiency and process improvement. A lot of finance is simply getting the data into custom forms or formats for transmittal to the next or from the previous step, with 1 or 2 points where human intervention or review is required. The career change has worked out well for me.

It also helps to be able to liason between departments. I noticed that in meetings between IT and Finance managers, sometimes there's a 'language barrier.' You get rewarded nicely to solve these miscommunication issues before they show up at the end of a development project.

Re:Finance (1)

timeOday (582209) | about 1 month ago | (#47146397)

I think this is the first constructive post to this entire story so far.

Anyways, I was wondering if you were really on the finance side, or still more of an "IT guy who isn't totally clueless"? Do you decide whether deals are going to happen? Do you get a bonus at the end of the year that is based on something closely connected to your own work, that could conceivable make you rich overnight if you landed a whale? Or am I just totally off the mark about what finance really is in the first place?

Re:Finance (3, Informative)

PPalmgren (1009823) | about 1 month ago | (#47146985)

You're completely off the mark and are thinking of sales and contracts, not finance. Finance from a company that sells a product or offers a service usually has a few key parts: Billing, Accounts Receivables, Collections, Accounts Payables, Accounting, Treasury, and Payroll ( which is sometimes tied to HR) are the big ones with others in tow.

Ever wonder how your 401k and other deductions get credited every week and all those corresponding companies, including your taxes, get paid to various entities? Payroll and HR does that. Ever wonder who figured out those line items on your bills? Billing does that. Ever wonder how a company funds all of their rent/electricity/payroll/operations on time without sitting on a massive wad of wasted cash but not overdrafting? Treasury does that, AP pays it. Ever wonder how they keep track of all that shit and make sure the right stuff is getting done, nothing more or nothing less? Accounting does that. There's a lot of background stuff that has to get done to keep all this working in a big company.

In my case, I started as what would usually be considered AP, but we had to figure out our own bills based on operational data and pay them with the backup for said bills. Lots of data sources, lots of reporting requirements, lots of special nuances in reporting, so hard to automate but useful to understand how to work with data. Now I'm doing something similar, but with payroll data instead of operations data.

Re:Finance (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146461)

This is a pretty good hint on how to transition out of IT.
Consider what people you have to deal with in IT. Who needs help with the simplest of tasks? If you transition into that field there is at least one part of the job where you are competitive.
The time you save by knowing computers you can spend on learning the new field. Everyone else has a few years of experience so you are going to need it.

Re:Finance (2)

VIPERsssss (907375) | about 1 month ago | (#47146663)

This is the correct answer. If you help the Finance team reduce cost you're their best friend.
Automate some processes and remove 5 or 6 hours from the Month End Closeout and you have people who will always have your back.

Always, always make sure your report balances back to the Finance team's number.

Re:Finance (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47147281)

Identical story for me, except it has been 5 years in finance - not 7. The amount of manual data entry and repetition of tasks, day-in and day-out, that the typical non-IT person is willing to put up with is astounding. I was the 5th employee. Since I have been here, the business has grown by 10x, and we have added two people.

I was getting my MBA and ended up getting a job from my professor, who started the firm. Though I was hired as an investment analyst, being able to help connect and streamline all the pieces of the process could not have been done without an IT background. Their outside IT consultant was not very happy...

Science (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146313)

Yes. In science.

For mankind.

Re:Science (1)

oneiros27 (46144) | about 1 month ago | (#47146413)

I currently work in IT attached to a science data archive.

Much of the software is written by the scientists themselves, who really should not be writing production code. (Sure, the scientists should spec it out ... but have someone who understands security & maintainability write the code ... so doesn't write C that generates Perl that then calls shell commands ... and wraps the whole thing in a csh script to run as a CGI)

Re:Science (1)

tylikcat (1578365) | about 1 month ago | (#47147037)

It also depends on the scientist.

I was a software engineer for most of a decade. Then I was a computational biochemist, and now I'm a neurobiologist.

My computer background opened an amazing number of doors for me when I decided to go into research. There aren't a lot of people who can deal with both computers and biology well. (Though, sadly, there are a lot of people who are equally half-assed in each, which predictably produces a full ass...)

Medical (3)

gordonb (720772) | about 1 month ago | (#47146319)

Over 50% of practices have moved to electronic medical records. Most doctors (all?) are woefully unprepared to administer their networks. Some run servers and host their own EMR; many are moving to hosted "cloud-based" EMRs. There are an increasing number of regulatory burdens such as HIPAA, meaningful use, etc. It's a growth industry.

There are quite a number of freelance consultants and IT providers. You can provide sales, installation, support at the local level or partner with a vendor. Or, work in a large hospital or clinic system.

Running a local Non-Profit (1)

Mente (219525) | about 1 month ago | (#47146325)

They can't afford real CEO's. They can't afford real tech people. They need smart, analytically minded people that can perform a bunch of tasks. IT people are already well versed in begging for money, so you have that base covered.

Stage magic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146329)

There is a lot in common between IT and stage magic:

1: The tricks/act is secondary to entertaining your "customers".

2: If you reveal how you do stuff, you get replaced with someone cheaper.

3: You always have to gauge your audience.

4: Individual tricks/techniques seem easy by themselves, but it takes finesse and experience to make a decent presentation to your audience.

5: Your heels are always being nipped at by the up and coming.

6: You never what may go on during a show.

7: You always have to keep reinventing your new act. In IT, you have to learn systemd, or else RHEL 7 will kick you in the tusch. In magic, you always have to keep inventing to an audience who has access to thousands of tricks on YouTube.

8: You need to know when to end your show and move to another audience.

9: You always have to keep with the latest fashion. The days of doing "the great $1dini" where $1 is your first name or surname are long gone. Same with IT and still not factoring in IoS, the cloud, SDDC, and other buzzwords.

10: New tricks to buy are always expensive. Same with IT certs.

lol. I can relate. Sufficiently advanced technolog (1)

raymorris (2726007) | about 1 month ago | (#47147347)

I was a professional magician before I was in IT, so I enjoyed your post. A good sysadmin / programmer who knows how to use their shell and scripting language can also do what looks like magic. "You spend four hours every Friday doing that? Here, let me just type this in real quick ... done." You can accomplish in seconds what takes hours for other people to do. In other words:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic - Arthur C. Clarke

IT Project Manager, Risk Management (3, Interesting)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 1 month ago | (#47146333)

You can graduate from any IT field into IT Project Management if that's your bag. Just get the latest (ALWAYS the latest) PMBOK, some supplemental material (Tres Roeder's book, for example), and take a course and a test.

Your experience may lend itself to risk management, especially if you did computer security. Infosec doesn't automatically make you good at risk management, but it does give you a lot of functional knowledge. Grab a Project Management Practice Standard for Project Risk Management, grab some books about Operational Risk Management, do some other studies. It's not about eliminating risk, but rather analyzing and understanding risk. You apply your risk appetite to risk, then decide which risks to accept and which to mitigate or reject entirely, and how to do so.

Both of these benefit from knowing something about your subject matter. A good PM can run a project on anything; but a good PM also knows he's much more effective running a project centered around subject matter he's personally familiar with. Likewise, risk management is much easier when you can understand the shit you're trying to analyze, along with why certain actions are risky.

Re:IT Project Manager, Risk Management (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47147219)

There is more to it than that...you actually have to have 5+years of actual PM experience, not IT guy working on a Project experience. I was a Project Manager, Program Manager, and Portfolio Manager for 8 years but couldn't prove PM experience for one of the 5 required years as the company went bankrupt and my "reporting manager" had since died. I was denied a PMP.

With that said, I make far more than most PMs as an IT Consultant and have no shortage of work.

Stage tech (4, Interesting)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about 1 month ago | (#47146343)

I started with doing stage crew as a hobby, but I've also done it professionally and found that there's a significant overlap with IT, especially in smaller houses where the whole stage system may need to be rebuilt for each production.

If you're old enough to remember the old bus-tobology networks, you already know enough to rig DMX lights. If newer networks are your thing, you can probably set up a cat5e-based audio network easily enough. If you're more comfortable with object-oriented design, passing data between objects apply well-defined functions based on their internal state, then the processing chains in the audio rack will be easy for you to manage.

The most important skill in IT is the ability to keep track of many pathways and failure modes. It turns out that's also a useful skill when you're trying to figure out which parts of your 500-component stage are misbehaving.

Re:Stage tech (1)

mlts (1038732) | about 1 month ago | (#47146455)

Even older setups, MIDI triggers and wiring keyboards and synths to fire off effects come to mind. Troubleshooting is key, and the one iron-clad skill you learn in IT is how to find, isolate, and maybe even solve a problem, especially things like intermittent ground loops.

Engineer at $CABLEMONOPOLY (2)

Slartibartfast (3395) | about 1 month ago | (#47146345)

I made the jump, at 40-something, from IT to an engineer with that-cable-company, where I now get to play with thousands of Linux boxes, and never, ever have to get viruses off someone's damn laptop after they surfed too many pr0n sites. And, while my company has a not-exactly-sterling reputation from outside, inside, it's surprisingly fun: management really *does* "get" technology, and is doing its best to both back it and see it forward.

Bottom line: still a stressful environment with on-call, etc., but in many respects, a lot more fun.

IT Sales (2)

alen (225700) | about 1 month ago | (#47146363)

there is always some new product coming out where you can make a lot of money selling it to sucker PHB's

get out of IT and get a sales job and use your skills to talk some technical nonsense to PHB's in a conference room to sell them on some software or some appliance or other

only problem is that today's money maker will be tomorrow's commodity crap so you always have to find new work with new companies as new products are released

Depends on your other skillsets (2)

Kingkaid (2751527) | about 1 month ago | (#47146365)

I moved from IT into business development and now product management. My ability to use a computer and know the underpinnings of systems allows me to translate how it should work for everyone else has proven to be exceedingly valuable. It is nice to be able to talk to the IT department, speak their language and understand how/why they have concerns, and translate those into something the bosses on the business end can understand. It puts you in a really neat role, bridging the gaps between fields. It can also provide huge value to a company as it stops them from developing stupid crap, or taking approaches to development that minimize errors or redundancy. This of course assumes that you can speak to people and can understand the more business-side of things.

soprano work-alike (0)

noshellswill (598066) | about 1 month ago | (#47146375)

1) Enron power-pimp:  steal  electric energy from orphanages and food cooperatives and re-sell at double-rate to SanJose hot-tub  krak-smokers.
2) narco.MEX drug transportation:  design underground steam-powered trains to  efficiently transport drugs across the  Texas/Mex border . Side-task to ensure random spacing to human cocaine mules trekking  del-norte the NewMexico mountains.
3)  Election  re-normalizer: just like Quantum mechanics ---  reprogram election results to pimp DemoRat  vote-herded illegals ( virtual voters) onto Chicago, Baltimore  and Oakland election results.

Knock 'em dead, codeboiz and gawdsakes get that  leaky Starbucks coffee-mug off my copy of Atlas Shrugged! 

No one expects the... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146379)

Kind of "mid-range" IT skills can be useful in almost any job (like programming your own tools and having enough knowledge to not require waiting helpdesk to do every little thing for you). "High-end range" not so much (like being able to configure SAN or understanding the inner workings of Struts).

However, there is one field where IT skills and background is very useful: Selling those things. There is a catch of course: A big portion of those who have IT skills/background do not want to be salesmen. But if you do (and have the skills required), it will be a lot easier for you to build the business case where your product can help. And if you have solid background in IT, your word can have higher weight than those who have only been in sales, especially in the eyes of the client's IT.

Re:No one expects the... (3, Insightful)

mlts (1038732) | about 1 month ago | (#47146487)

I tried my hand at sales once at one company... started telling prospective customers where the product is weak at and where they are going to have to throw man hours in order to get it working. Told them also where the advantage was for spending $BIGNUM for purchasing the product. Also told them the first three support calls they will be making when they start implementing.

Turns out, I gave them the only straight answer of any of the companies they were looking at... and they made the purchase... then found out that IT people didn't get commissions...

PM/BA (1)

Graydyn Young (2835695) | about 1 month ago | (#47146383)

I've never made the transition myself, but I've seen others do it. You need a new profession that works closely with your current one, so you can be "The guy who knows how to talk to the techies". There are quite a few roles that can act as the buffer between management/customers and IT. It depends on where you currently work, but I've seen people do this with both Project Management and Business Analysis. If your boss is open to the idea of you filling one of these roles on a few projects, you can get the experience you need while still performing your current job.

Manufacturing/Business... Maybe (1)

Collective 0-0009 (1294662) | about 1 month ago | (#47146391)

Depends on what you did in IT. That is such a broad range that it's hard to say specifically.

If you were a business logic programmer, or some type of "analysts", or even just a tech that had to deal with business apps, you might look in the manufacturing industry. They are very numbers driven. Engineering documents, specs, CNC programming, etc. There is also capacity planning, scheduling, forecasting and other areas that are all very numbers driven. If you have SQL experience, especially in a traditional ERP environment, you will be able to make buds with the IT department and get read access to the DB to write queries. Those queries answer business questions and give you insight other managers could not obtain (at least not as easy). This makes you the better manager/decision maker.

I would imagine many other businesses are the same. If you have knowledge of general business systems to the depth that you can program them, then you have all the technical skills to succeed in business. You may not have the other skills needed...

To sum up, everything is going digital and computer system driven. IT is a great place leaping pad to many careers/industries and that is only going to become more true as computers and data driven system grow into any industry. Whatever industry you support, is a good candidate for moving into when you feel like you are losing that "techy" edge and getting too damn old for this crap.

Of course, if you were coding processor architecture and only have two buttons on your keyboard, the above may not apply.

Voluntary work (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146399)

I was a salaried programmer until schizophrenia, hospitilsation and institutionalisation set in.

Fortunately I'm in England so I'm looked after by the NHS and Social Services.

So these days I help out (as a volunteer) at a mental health charity. I provide technical support, tuition. run a self-help group for those experiencing auditory hallucinations, make hot drinks etc. I'm still studying programming because all the above leave me with time on my hands.

I don't work in IT, but.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146401)

There is a need for intelligent people who understand the management of information systems in the oil and gas industry, we're in a huge boom right now. It still falls somewhat into the realm of IT, but more. Understanding the management of lots of data traveling over lots of obsolete low-bandwidth serial networks is important. There's a shortage of people sharp enough to grasp both the information systems and the petroleum processes that are being monitored/controlled. Would probably need to relocate to Bakersfield, Houston, North/South Dakota, Denver, Pittsburgh or some other area with lots of drilling, thus the shortage (it's probably harder to get a job in Denver).

Re:I don't work in IT, but.. (1)

plopez (54068) | about 1 month ago | (#47146451)

Yep. Gas industry paid me quite well for a number of years. Lot's of interesting problem domains, e.g. GIS modeling, reservoir modeling,compliance, optimization, big data; and I do mean BIG data; etc.

Re:I don't work in IT, but.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146521)

Here's an interesting problem domain: did you need an apostrophe in "lots"?

Re:I don't work in IT, but.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146727)

No. Abraham's nephew is one of his coworkers.

Accounting (1)

Trachman (3499895) | about 1 month ago | (#47146405)

In addition to Auditing which was mentioned earlier, Accounting and Finance in modern organisations is currently organized as a large database. There is always an incentive in every organization to be more productive with less human resources and encouragement to leverage IT technologies. Knowing basic principles of Boolean logic, ability to write an excel formula, understanding indexing will put you among top 10% performers within technical knowledge criteria. This, also, also opens pathways to the management. As an additional benefit, in my experience, IT skills allows to find necessary data and analyze. In my experience significant amount of resources and time in every organization are spent communicating about the data and information.

What kind of experience do you have? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146411)

I went from web development to process development to operational development to business development in a none IT fortune 500 company.

I have some other former colleagues that have similarly left IT to take up business positions.

Generally speaking, development is development is development. The core is the same even if it is traditional product development or business development,
Project Management is project management.
Leading a team, is leading a team.
Reporting is reporting.
Leadership is Leadership

If you can prove that you have done anything if this in IT, then you should be able to show an interviewing person that your knowledge is applicable in other fields as well.

What you need to think about is what kind of relevant experience do you have? Have you collected any specific subject matter expertise, such as product knowledge or production processes etc?

I have found that IT people are very good at adapting into new positions since we are used to do business analysis and come up with improvement plans.

Most (4, Insightful)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 1 month ago | (#47146423)

Most occupations make use of the computer.

It is incredible how horribly bad everyone is at using computers when they are so ubiquitous and necessary.

Re:Most (1)

skovnymfe (1671822) | about 1 month ago | (#47146609)

Ever been at a company that has a mandatory training course on computer operation? No? Well that's why. Hiring support personnel to cover user ignorance is like sweeping the problem under the rug, but it's a hell of a lot easier I'll give them that.

For something completely different (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146427)

Consider K-12 teaching. I did it for a while and am still on a mailing list of tech-heavy people in classrooms.

It's not an easy road at all. Low pay, horrible politics, etc. In many places, if you know tech at all, you'll be "the tech guy" for the school PLUS teaching 6 classes. But, in some states, you don't have to go through a full teacher-ed program if you have a STEM degree and can pass the PRAXIS tests and a background check. Kids can be awful, but a lot of them will grow to respect you (more than the principal ever will) when you geek them out. Particularly if you're a parent already and have figured out that you're okay at it, it has its rewards.

some ideas... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146431)

peripherally related to IT:
- electronic threater controls. Controlling lighting, animatronics, etc... Many controlling programs run on a PC. Many devices are controlled over a ethernet network.
- digital photocopying. Most of these multifunction machines are networked. Need a modicum of network experience.
- industrial controls
- environmental controls

PSIM (1)

Mike Ice (3637719) | about 1 month ago | (#47146435)

PSIM, Physical Security Information Management. Per Wiki: Physical security information management (PSIM) is a category of software that provides a platform and applications created by middleware developers, designed to integrate multiple unconnected security applications and devices and control them through one comprehensive user interface. It collects and correlates events from existing disparate security devices and information systems (video, access control, sensors, analytics, networks, building systems, etc.) to empower personnel to identify and proactively resolve situations. PSIM integration enables numerous organisational benefits, including increased control, improved situation awareness and management reporting. Ultimately, these solutions allow organisations to reduce costs through improved efficiency and to improve security through increased intelligence.

All of them (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146443)

Every. Single. One. Mainly, because nearly any job these days requires some level of computer usage, and having a background in software development/IT gives you better insight as to how programs may operate, as well as how to do a preliminary debug when creating a ticket/bug report.

Television and Radio (1)

Travco (1872216) | about 1 month ago | (#47146447)

Both these are becoming more and more about the computers that actually do the work and the production people have NO idea how to get the most out of their equipment. Even the engineering staff (that's Me), frequently has problems with networking and programming for various background functions.

Government officials (2)

oneiros27 (46144) | about 1 month ago | (#47146449)

I know it sounds strange, but there are a lot of skills that overlap:

  • trying to think about problems that might arise before they actually do
  • making sure that the stuff planned can actually get done in a reasonable amount of time
  • dealing with conflicting goals from different stakeholders
  • doing research to teach yourself strange concepts in only a week or two

I wouldn't recommend it as a career, though. I did 6 months as a town commissioner (while working full time) before I needed to take some time off.

Training other people to use IT? (2)

matbury (3458347) | about 1 month ago | (#47146469)

IT's encroaching on so many people's jobs these days. A lot of people need to learn to integrate IT into the regular jobs, e.g. customer relationship management, sales and PR, teaching, and training. These jobs tend to attract personality types that aren't good at figuring out how to use machines and tech. If you've got the necessary interpersonal skills and can handle working with groups of people who'll often try your patience (think of those wierd, non-sensical, and insistent end-user and client requests you get), you could try training people to use IT.
 
I recommend getting some training and experience in learning and teaching theory and practice first though. Teaching and training ain't rocket science, it's more complex, however, most attempts at teaching are successful to a certain extent, especially if their teacher is personable, kind, helpful, patient, and listens carefully.

Problem solving (2)

rvw (755107) | about 1 month ago | (#47146471)

I'm considering this as well. I think it depends on your personal skills. The past ten years I've been many times in a situation where nobody else could help me out with a particular problem (programming, sysadmin etc). The only help I got was from online resources, and to use those effectively I developed the skill to write good questions, to do basic research before asking, and to write everything out that I had tried, so people helping me wouldn't waste their time.

I can listen, explain stuff in a simple way (which is not always simple to do), and I think these skills can be useful in very different situations. The only catch: how to find such a job?! Tips are welcome! (Netherlands, Europe)

Re:Problem solving (1)

Collective 0-0009 (1294662) | about 1 month ago | (#47146623)

Sounds like you could try technical writing, if your writing skills would be good enough. That would be the killer for me.

I also interviewed for a job that was called "Business Technical Liaison" or something similar. I didn't get the job because I was not strong enough on the business side back then. I would nail that interview now. Basically you explained "business stuff" to IT and IT to "the business people". You translated requirements and such, helped with training, and such. It sounded like a mix of helpdesk, system/program architect, and trainer. 3 jobs I would hate independently (well maybe not system arch), but sounded intriguing when mixed up.

Re:Problem solving (1)

i.r.id10t (595143) | about 1 month ago | (#47147235)

A former coworker got a job like this - he had a hobby background in computers and programming (this was early 90s), but his "real job" was in medicine (X-ray tech/CT scan guy). He got a job at Medical Manager translating between the geeks and the doctors

That depends (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 1 month ago | (#47146475)

That depends on you. If you're having trouble applying your skills to things outside of programming then you likely should stick to programming. I can do anything. I could walk into whatever your business is and start doing something valuable almost immediately. My only concern when applying for a new job is the culture of the people I'll be working with. If I can get along with my co-workers and the management bureaucracy isn't too frustrating I'll do well. If it's a shop full of self aggrandizing jerks or management can't wrap their heads around how you could write a process doc in something other than MS Word, then no, I'll likely not do well.

What I'd recommend for you is that you go out and volunteer. It will let you know if you can handle work outside your comfort zone. I've worked habitat for humanity, worked at the red cross, fed people on holidays. If you can be content handing out cookies to annoying people low on blood, you can be content anywhere.

When you start your own business (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146479)

You can do the networking, programming (usually DB-oriented, superior to spreadsheets by far & fairly easy reporting for receipts etc.) & security related aspects, yourself. Want to do a job right? Do it, yourself. It's twice the headaches running your own show, but you get all the profits and can save those aspects noted above, in not having to pay others to do it for you. In fact - ask the people who started this site as a simple concrete actual example thereof.

Zombie Apocalypse (1)

selectspec (74651) | about 1 month ago | (#47146489)

Actually, IT skills are entirely useless in any kind of an apocalypse, unless other people with other skills manage to restore power.

Re:Zombie Apocalypse (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146545)

Not true,

"It's a UNIX system! I know this!"

Academia. (1)

thesandtiger (819476) | about 1 month ago | (#47146493)

I went from being a developer & manager of 10+ years back to graduate school for public health and social psychology. In my work then and now I was able to use my skills to design and build tools that would vastly increase the efficiency and rigor of the research projects I was involved with.

School was free as I landed an assistantship. Pay cut was a pain - only earned 25k/year + free tuition - but between savings and doing some consulting I was able to make it through without too much hardship. I was able to build a reputation while in school and had multiple offers by the time I finished my program.

After IT (1)

Aryden (1872756) | about 1 month ago | (#47146507)

  1. Sales Engineer
  2. Repair Shops
  3. Consulting
  4. Anything you can find that utilizes logical think and workflow... good luck with that

Librarian (4, Interesting)

oneiros27 (46144) | about 1 month ago | (#47146529)

In larger libraries, there's often someone with the title of 'systems librarian. It might be the person who just configures the software packages that the library uses, but it's often someone with a bit of IT skills.

It might be an IT person who slowly picks up the librarian issues (and some will go and get a library degree if at an academic library), or it's a library person with a bit of IT skills.

If you're one of these people, and aren't already on the code4lib mailing list [code4lib.org] , I highly recommend it. (although be warned, occassionally threads get out of control).

You can also check the code4lib jobs board [code4lib.org] for what sort of skills libraries are looking for.

Librarian (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47147243)

Thanks for this--I'm a librarian looking to get into the more technical side of things, and I hadn't heard of code4lib. It's a big help!

PR & Marketing, Agency work in general (2)

Qbertino (265505) | about 1 month ago | (#47146557)

Having an IT Background whilst doing PR and marketing can be great, if you are able to handle the discrepancy between talk and knowledge by most of your collegues and customers. Being the only guy in a crew of 25 that has done web development and knows versioning and *nix CLI stuff and can help writing usecases that are actually implementable in the given timeframe and budget and helping agency folks actually organize their work can be quite rewarding. And the pay is nice too.

Doing wordpress plugin hacks is actually quite bearable, as long as people don't expect you to do it every day all day and also give you other assignment, such as requirements analysis and such.

I'm doing that type of work right now and it feels good. I can deliver value, the team is glad to have me and I get to learn new trends and technologies as part of my job. Customer politics can be quite anyoing though, but that's what PMs and Bosses are for. :-)

My 2 cents.

google strategy (1)

simonberta21 (3678783) | about 1 month ago | (#47146565)

google is trying to dominate all internet new supports.

Not Much (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | about 1 month ago | (#47146585)

Direct application to IT skills outside IT is going to be tough.

However if you have studied math in depth as part of your education you have a tool that with some additional schooling you can open a lot of doors.

nice try (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146597)

dice wants your keywords

Forensics/Security (2)

bytethese (1372715) | about 1 month ago | (#47146613)

Sure I went back, finished my undergrad degree, got my masters in Forensic Computing but my 10+ years experience in IT definitely helps.
"We have these weird files, do you know what they are?"
"Oh that's from the same type of document management system this company I worked at uses."

"Oh Lotus Notes, does any one have experience with this?"
"Why yes I do."

Those are some small examples but registry locations, locations of where OS's and Applications keep their files, etc directly translates into useful info in Forensics/Security. We even had someone join my last company as an Associate (sort of entry level) that worked IT for 15yrs, no formal Forensics/Security training, but after a while, he was doing quite well. I think it'd be important to tailor your resume to show you know some of the requisite info and bring it home in an interview.

Controls Engineering (1)

Rogue974 (657982) | about 1 month ago | (#47146643)

I am a Controls Department Manager. Controls Engineering is that discipline that programs the Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and Distributed Controls Systems (DCS) that talk to all of the instrumentation in an industrial plants.

Our Operator Interfaces are typically Windows boxes, or vendor specific OS and are tied to a LAN so they can talk to the controls systems. In addition, we are starting to get more and more I/O that is Ethernet I/O (plug in an e-net cable and talk to it that way).

Add to the fact that IT departments at many companies don't get the difference between a business network environment and controls environment and many controls engineers have to learn enough IT to maintain their own network and hardware. At the 3 companies I have worked at in the past 14 years, each company I found few IT personnel who understood what I do enough to help and many more that wanted to do things on my network that would simply just shut down the production lines so I just learn to do it myself with help of those few that understand the production needs.

Re:Controls Engineering (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47147319)

Your IT departments know full well the difference that is why they do not want to mess around with your proprietary PLC and DCS crapware.

What jobs don't require IT now? (1)

porsche911 (64841) | about 1 month ago | (#47146649)

All companies are Information companies now. Any job that you can get will require some minimal knowledge of how to use a computer.

Farming/Ranching (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146659)

Right now things are at a "Determine logistics while IT pays the bills" phase for a poultry operation. We're wanting to move to a large enough operation of poultry and large animals that my wife can quit her programming job.
Depending on your state, having some IT/IS/Programming background can give you a leg up on determining local resources and regulations.
It can also give you better inroads for initially establishing the customer base.

IT jobs are everywhere. (1)

Jordan1519 (3667517) | about 1 month ago | (#47146751)

Well.. Nowdays I think people having less skills applying more in IT. IT is not just developing android java or any other networking job.. From the Data Entry jobs to a developer in Apple computers . All requires computer skills.

Career change (1)

jandersen (462034) | about 1 month ago | (#47146819)

It is something I have wondered about myself. I know quite a few people who have left their career in IT behind in order to work as builders or decorators, of all things, and I begin to see why: It is a reasonably high-skilled profession, but not really difficult. You just have to be able to use tools, understand complex systems and be able to learn and follow rules. Having worked in IT means that you probably have a systematic engineering approach to solving problems, so you are already half-ways there. And it pays very well, if you are good - how about £3000 for constructing a driveway? This takes about a week and that was 3 thousand GBP, probably cash. Or perhaps £10,000 to build a conservatory? These are prices I have actually enquired about, and you can probably look them up online if you want to check.

A few ideas... (2)

erp_consultant (2614861) | about 1 month ago | (#47146849)

The first thing you should probably do is an honest skills assessment. What are you good at? What are you not so good at? What do you enjoy or not enjoy doing? Most of the IT people I know tend to be more on the analytical side, good at problem solving, meticulous, etc. If it's just programming that you don't want to do then you could maybe try your hand at IT Security, Systems Administration, maybe even teaching if you want to show others how to do what you no longer want to do :-)

If you are comfortable taking a leadership role, can talk in front of large groups and are a bit more outgoing then you might be good at IT Sales, Project Management or Technical Management.

On the topic of introvert vs. extrovert: if you are an extrovert you're going to have more options. It's that simple. Extroverts are generally seen as being better "management material", mainly because other managers tend to be like that. And they like to hang out with people that are like them. Nearly every Sales person I have met has been an extrovert - many of them annoyingly so.

Being an introvert doesn't mean that you can't do these jobs. Just know that the vast majority of your peers are going to lean towards the extroverted side. Most importantly, if you're an introvert don't try to pretend that you're an extrovert. In the end, you'll be unhappy. Embrace who you are and find something you enjoy doing. That's the most important thing.

Cooking (1)

jafiwam (310805) | about 1 month ago | (#47146863)

Holding the entire process in one's head, visualizing a change and then back inferring what that change implies you should do right now in the middle of that process. Both being a chef and being in IT require this skill.

Non Profit? (1)

essbase_nerd (2677851) | about 1 month ago | (#47146875)

I volunteer at a non-profit 1x/wk, and they struggle with technology. They have a full time "CIO" on staff, but I don't think he really knows what he's doing, and basically manages a few contracts for their website, a file server, network management, and he spends the rest of his time driving social media. The rest of the staff (about 25) come to me for help anything and everything, and I'm only there 4 hours a week.

I'm to the point where I don't really enjoy the cube life and program management, I wouldn't mind working at the non-profit full time in an operations capacity, my skills would definitely improve their technology abilities, and make things more efficient.

Nearly everywhere I've worked. (1)

SocialEngineer (673690) | about 1 month ago | (#47146893)

My first "real job" was as an artist for a newspaper (even though my degree is in IT, I also do graphic & web design). Because of my IT degree, though, I was the backup for the IT person should he go on vacation/sick leave. Eventually, I became the systems manager there.

Years later, after working for a failed dot com and getting back into the trenches as a newspaper geek doing production work, my IT experience gave me a leg up in doing a lot of troubleshooting/automation, and I was also able to suggest upgrades to the production setup that improved our print quality by leaps and bounds. Now I'm working as a web/digital artist again, and still utilize my IT experience here in there (if not for anything else, then to make IT's life easier when submitting support requests).

Nearly any office job can be improved by some IT experience, especially in the realm of scripting/automation. The best part about IT experience? Understanding how and why something works (or doesn't). General logic skills combined with a little tech/scripting experience can go a long way to improving your workflow.

Software QA Testing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47146919)

I work for a software development company and our QA Engineers are integrated in with the IT department. Software testing is very similar to the same skills used in IT operations, but with a focus on Quality and not uptime or supporting others.

Secondary role in any office (1)

davidwr (791652) | about 1 month ago | (#47146923)

Most offices need a "go to guy" for IT issues. If you can "be that guy" it makes you much more employable.

Also, in you social clubs, religious organizations, etc. if you are known as the "IT guy" people can call when the church computer goes on the fritz, it can help you with networking for your next paid job or your next freelance gig.

as a restaraunt or pub owner, crucial. (1)

nimbius (983462) | about 1 month ago | (#47146951)

Owning a pub or a restaraunt means you have systems like Micros and Aloha as your Point of Sale machines. Losing these during a night when you're expected to process $7,000 an hour in credit card transactions is basically game over. getting your PoS hacked means a sizeable number of regular customers will never, ever return. Working on the 1:8 rule (1 bad experience translates to 8 bad stories) you'll take an identifiable hit that might cost you a new draught line or a much needed walk-in freezer repair.
Understanding hubs, switches, and general network connectivity helps greatly. shaving 2 seconds off a credit card transaction because you know QoS and packet shaping translates into happier customers and faster sales...your bartenders spend more time slinging product instead of standing at the register. If you know how to run cat5 you can basically put a PoS anywhere, anytime. it helps during summer if you want/have a patio because your servers are now twice as quick as the competition next door. Learning to restrict PoS systems to local networks and how to segment and protect the customers who want free wifi and the luxury of a credit card transaction is something of a benefit as well. Speaking as a pub owner, when my neighborhood cable internet died and I knew how to configure my android tablet as a stand-in 4g router for credit cards, I watched two bars close early and had to call in an extra bartender to handle my friday night crowd.

The obvious: programming (1)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | about 1 month ago | (#47146997)

I mean, duh. And someone who already knows computers who is learning how to program is invariably going to be more competent than those morons taking "Learn X in Y weeks" courses with dollar signs in their eyes.

I'm a Sr. Infrastructure Engineer but also (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47147001)

Do aerial photography with my Quadcopter. I take a GoPro Hero 3 black in the air.. something shoot video of a resort, golf course, and also for fun.

I am seriously thinking about getting a bunch of chickens so I can sell organic eggs. There's a lot of money in eggs. And when a hen doesn't lay eggs.. I'll sell a farm fresh chicken. I'm thinking about starting with 25 hens and 1 rooster.

IT for a church (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47147135)

Went from IT for big multinationals to schools to churches. I now, after many years of non-profits, prefer them. Less hectic, far more laid back, no real rush, since there is no profit incentive. All-in-all a better situation for me. Yes, I make far less money, but I have my sanity and lots of time off. Being on call for someone else bottom line is not for me.

data mining (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47147157)

Hello

After 15 years I switched from IT to to Credit Risk. I have a datamart for myself and I'm learning a lot of the business. It has been a very very interesting experience at my 40+ years.

Regards.

CNC Machining (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47147159)

There's a good deal of overlap here compared with network administration. More so the more mills and cutters you run/manage. If you like to work with your hands and you mind this might be for you. As a bonus, it's not hard to get into the field, but don't expect the same pay..

Plumbing (1)

Cro Magnon (467622) | about 1 month ago | (#47147181)

After all, working with computers, you're already used to dealing with other people's shit.

You never know (1)

msobkow (48369) | about 1 month ago | (#47147301)

You never know where your career will take you. My cousin trained for IT, got a job doing programming for the IT accounting department of a rather large bakery firm here in Canada, and in 2-3 years was managing projects. From there he shifted to managing the department, which mean he now had both accounting and IT people reporting to him. Fast forward another 20 years and he's the director of the finance department, and hasn't touched a keyboard in over 15 years for anything other than email.

SCADA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 1 month ago | (#47147337)

If you've got an IT experience and want to transition to a growing sector, we sure could use some IT oriented people on the SCADA side. It is a constant struggle getting IT to understand the needs of SCADA access, security and data transfer.

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