Hello Everyone! I'm thinking about switching careers back into IT after having tried teaching for a few years. I previously was a network tech for two years and then a network admin for a windows network (MCSE NT 4) for 5 years, and then did some consulting here and there after that before I switched to teaching in 2007. Obviously, I'll need some new training (probably certs) and I already have a degree, so I'm hoping to get some insights on where IT is at and what the future looks like. I'm particularly interested in security or possibly medical records or networking again. Any thoughts? Here's some questions I've been thinking about... 1. Pros/Cons of IT as a career path right now (i.e. What is the current state of IT?) 2. Pro/Cons of choosing IT security? 3. Any resources/articles I can read? 4. Is there great job potential? (It seems many people are saying "stay away" from IT because finding a job is very challenging because jobs have been off-shored and H-1B visas are "killing the job market." And I know the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the government says the job market is overall good and especially good for security, database, medical records, and a few other areas of IT) 5. What's the current view on degree vs certs vs experience? (I have a BS degree in education with a double major in math & science, my previous MCP & MCSE NT4, and the 8 years experience noted above that ended around 2006.) 6. Are most IT people working longer hours (i.e. more than 55 hours/week?) given the current demands of IT environments. Obviously this varies. 7. Are companies currently typically paying for continuing ed (certs, etc)? I noticed in your article that they weren't doing that so much in 2007/08. 8.What's your overall opinion of the IT field right now? 9. If you were deciding on a career path right now, would you choose IT again? why/why not? Thank you so much for any help insights you can provide!