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Couldn't think of a better place to put this. I have been doing plumbing work since I was 15. Had a 7 or 8 year break from all work due to health issues. I'm back to plumbing but it's very difficult for me and I'm looking to change up careers. I've always enjoyed computers since my first commodore 64. I've been building my own and computers for friends for the past few years as well as helping with technical problems for them. I'd like to start with IT stuff although I can't help but wonder if 30 years old is to late.

What would be the best route for me to take. Should I try to go back to school, ITT Tech or something, or should I just track down and earn any certs I can find.

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The cheapest way to get into the IT field would be working on getting specific certifications. A degree, however, would most likely lead to the higher paying positions in the long run.
 
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