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Test Drive an IT Career Learn more about what an IT career is like directly from the people in it. Watch the videos to see how varied and fulfilling an IT career can be www.comptia.org testdrive John Web Manager Matt IT Systems Engineer Adrienne Help Desk Technician Keep reading and find your path in IT. Computer Support Specialist Web Developer Network and Computer Systems Administrator Database Administrator Computer Systems Analyst Information Security Analyst Software Developer Computer Network Architect 68670 82280 87320 91600 95280 100710 54960 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY JOBS MEDIAN SALARIES 5 Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook May 2014 would be allowed to takeonthatcustomerasherownearningthecommission ifsheclosedthesale.Little did this director know she would interview to work for Monahan 10 years down the road. After some sales experience Monahan was able to update her resume. She applied for a sales job at Hewlett Packard one of the largest technology companies in the world and spent six years there in a number of different roles. She then was recruited by ASI System Integration out of New York City the largest system integrator in the Northeast. Monahan says her four years at ASI was a defining period of her career. I was blessed with an amazing executive team who believed in me and constantly pushed me to excel. Because these accomplished executives believed in me I began to believe in me. Being able to understand technical products gives a salesperson an advantageoverthecompetitionsaysMonahan.Alwaysknowyourproductand services. Customers seek you out when they have a need and most of the time its an immediate need. Rather than make a customer wait for an answer from anexpertMonahancananswerthequestiondirectlyandlandthesalebefore a competitor gets a foot in the door. Plus just knowing how IT systems work gives her a confidence that the customer cant help but respond to positively. After ASI Monahan struck out on her own to found her own business M-PowerTech. In 2013 the Commonwealth Institute of South Florida named Monahan one of the Top 50 Women-Led Business Leaders in the state. I would strongly encourage women to get their technical certifications and the background and pick as many brains as you can she says. Women are great at sales in the IT industry and if they have the knowledge behind it there is no stopping them. 79770 See the growth in IT jobs in your state at httpwww.comptia.orgresourcesmapping-the-it-workforce