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I've been in the IT field for over 10 years, and have extensive certifications and knowledge in troubleshooting networks, computers, software and hardware, and providing customer support and training. I feel I should be making more money, but the problem is that I didn't finish college and constantly find jobs on the Internet that require BA/BS degrees for all IT positions. Since I don't have a degree, I'm not looking for another job. Your suggestions are appreciated.

It is true that many IT positions specify a college degree, that does not mean that you should not apply just because you are not a college grad. There are some extremely successful IT professionals who are not college grads.

Some companies may find that your certifications and experience compensate for the lack of a degree. After all, this is a very tight labor market for people with your expertise, and you may be taking yourself out of play unnecessarily. When you contact potential employers, be sure to emphasize the classes that you have taken, the certifications that you have received, and the solid and successful experience that you have had.

At the same time, it seems that you are letting the lack of a degree hold you back. Rather than falling into this trap, you should aggressively push for the jobs that you want. In addition, since you are so concerned about your lack of a degree, you should seriously consider taking advantage of the numerous opportunities for working people to simultaneously work for a college degree.

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