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  • Question

  • Hello there, I am seeking advise on how best to transition into a career working in Information Technology. I am currently working as an Imaging Specialist in Radiology. I've been a Radiologic Tech for 21 years and would very much like to work as an IT tech but have no idea how best to get started. What certification would you recommend for a beginner? Being that I am self taught, school/college is not an option at this point. Please advise. 

    Regards,

    FrizzyB 

    Monday, August 7, 2017 1:04 AM

Answers

  • If you are an absolute beginner, CompTIA has some decent qualifying certifications. Specifically the A+ and Network+.  Microsoft certifications look at the different MTA certifications, these won't mean a whole lot to employers that know what they're looking at but they do help you get knowledge.  The MTAs are fairly simple so it is possible to skip them and go on to MCSA certifications if you know what you're looking to focus on, but if you are a beginner I wouldn't recommend skipping them. That should qualify you for most lower end positions to help get you started.
    Monday, August 7, 2017 3:46 PM
  • Lower end would be things like Help Desk, Service Tech, and General Computer Support.  This isn't to say you can't get a more intermediate position with those certifications.  Experience will go a lot farther than certifications in most cases.  Titles are weird in IT sometimes, different administrator positions can also be lower end/entry level or they can be really senior.  This you'll need to look at what they want on their postings.  Aside from certifications, look at posting and start working on skills to start developing.  That should also help in what you'll need to know as well.
    Tuesday, August 8, 2017 7:30 PM

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  • If you are an absolute beginner, CompTIA has some decent qualifying certifications. Specifically the A+ and Network+.  Microsoft certifications look at the different MTA certifications, these won't mean a whole lot to employers that know what they're looking at but they do help you get knowledge.  The MTAs are fairly simple so it is possible to skip them and go on to MCSA certifications if you know what you're looking to focus on, but if you are a beginner I wouldn't recommend skipping them. That should qualify you for most lower end positions to help get you started.
    Monday, August 7, 2017 3:46 PM
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    Monday, August 7, 2017 5:49 PM
  • ZapZap279, thank you for your response to my inquiry which gives me an idea on how to proceed in my quest for certification. If I may ask yet another question? You mentioned lower end positions......what are some examples of lower end positions? Thanks in advance.
    Tuesday, August 8, 2017 1:18 AM
  • Lower end would be things like Help Desk, Service Tech, and General Computer Support.  This isn't to say you can't get a more intermediate position with those certifications.  Experience will go a lot farther than certifications in most cases.  Titles are weird in IT sometimes, different administrator positions can also be lower end/entry level or they can be really senior.  This you'll need to look at what they want on their postings.  Aside from certifications, look at posting and start working on skills to start developing.  That should also help in what you'll need to know as well.
    Tuesday, August 8, 2017 7:30 PM