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Information Technology: The Ideal Job for Big People (and just about anybody else)

      Let's face it: the bigger you are, the harder it is to get around. Some Big People are only a little bigger, so they are quite agile and able to perform most jobs. But then there are those of us who have difficulty engaging in activities that other people are able to do effortlessly. Just to name a few:
  • Sitting in a typical chair with arms
  • Quickly maneuvering through crowds, using the restroom, and then returning to our workstation
  • Crawling, climbing, walking, bending over
  • Squeezing into tight spaces, like under a car, under a desk, or a messy warehouse
We all need to earn a living, and ideally we want to make as much money as we can. But the examples above show how many typical jobs are outside the reach of some of us. This will definitely interfere will your plans to move to Hawaii, or travel in Europe for a month.

So, what are we going to do??

A deskjob is the way to go, obviously, given these limitations. But many deskjobs require many of these same abilities, and just because you have a desk job does not mean that you have a good job. Not to mention, you may not have the education required to get good deskjobs, like lawyer, accountant, engineer, etc. But this is not required for a career in IT - Information Technology. IT is a broad field, ranging from the more hands on jobs of fixing computers and running cables, to entirely sedentary jobs, such as programmer. Some examples of the more sedentary jobs are:
JobAverage Salary
Visual Basic Programmer$55,000+
Java Programmer$60,000+
Web Database Programmer$50,000+
C++ Programmer$70,000+
Database Administrator$50,000+
CAD Technician$40,000

The key to this field is that a college degree or other certifications are really just optional. The more corporate jobs often require a degree, such as working for the government or for a big bank. But even this is optional at times. They IT field is dominated by those individuals with the knowledge and the experience. And the pay is consistently high, even for rookies.

The high salaries say it all: there is a shortage of qualified people for these jobs. That's why a formal education is not necessary in most instances. Many firms would be glad to give somebody on-the-job training in return for a slightly lower salary. The average starting pay for a rookie Visual Basic programmer with no job experience is about $30,000/year. After 1 or 2 years of experience the salary shoots up to the $50,000/year range. Plus, if you do get a degree or certifications, you can expect to easily be making about $70,000+/year in about 5 years.

So, where do you start? There are tons of free educational resources on the web. Here are some excellent places to start.

Free MS SQL Server and MS Visual Studio

Free Courses for Visual Basic, C++, C#

Free Java Development Tools

Free Java Tutorials

HTML Tutorials

Some other programming languages that are in demand are Javascript, ColdFusion, PHP, and Perl. And don't forget to pick up SQL (used to manipulate databases) and HTML (used to make web pages).

Good luck! And shoot for the stars!

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