I work in the IT field as a network admin and general support person. I have no college degree but do have a technical certification in technology support from a business school. Lately I’ve been reading many articles about the demise of the IT field and I’m starting to believe the hype. Many people are claiming that due to outsourcing, more automation on back end systems, and new networking technology that actually works properly for the most part that I’ll be out of a job in another 4-5 years. I sense some truth there just watching what has been happening over the past 5 years. I have to work for another 35-40 years and the more time passes the more I see good jobs doing what I do disappearing.
So what’s a guy in my position to do? I’m going to be 34 in October, don’t have any college degrees, and I don’t see a long career in network administration in my future. I’m sure there are other people in the same boat and I’m curious to hear what kinds of alternative careers people are choosing to persue.