I have been in the IT industry for about 16 years now and have a pretty broad background.
I started off building custom computers and from there went into tech support for a PC manufacturer.
From there I got my Microsoft certs in Win 95 and NT 3.51 and took on the responsibilities of Network Admin.
I also taught myself Access SQL and HTML.
Next I went to work for an accounting software company as there network admin and application developer. While there I taught myself VB6.
Next I went to a Medical Education company as a SQL and Web developer and Am currently the lead developer there. Over the past 10 years I have also supported some private clients as their Network Admin.
With the exception of the PC assemble, which was about a year, I have averaged 5 years at each company.
I am now looking for the next opportunity but am having difficulty identifying what that would be.
I take pride in my diverse knowledge as most people I encounter are surprised by the wide range of my knowledge and I enjoy all the roles that I have filled.
I fear that I will get bored If I have to commit to being just a developer or just a DBA or just an Admin as each one draws on different parts of my personality, however I realize it makes me less competitive as compared to a strictly hard core Admin/ DBA or Developer when applying for jobs.
Network Admin, I find the most intuitive but also the least rewarding.
Developer I find the most rewarding but also the most challenging.
SQL Developer/DBA is somewhere right in the middle.
I have had people suggest that I get into BI but since report writing is among my least favorite activities I am concerned about that being a good fit for me.
I feel like there must be some position out there that would benefit from the combination of Net Admin, DBA and developer, but I just have no idea what it is.
To further complicate things I am entirely self-taught. I went to college for Marine Biology but only completed about 2 years.
My Certifications are about 8 years old and I finally got an AS in IT from a local community college 5 years ago.
I know I need to get back to finish my BS and I also need to update my certs.
Any suggestions on a next career step would be greatly appreciated.