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I want to get an IT job but I don't know how!

I have a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a Master's degree in Education. I've been teaching High School mathematics or the past few years, and I am ready for something different.

I took a few programming classes in college and I loved them. Lately I have been teaching myself Java and it comes pretty easily. But without experience or a computer science degree, I am not exactly sure how to break into the business. I am interested in getting a job in programming. I will be moving to Chicago soon and do not have the financial means to go back for another degree (I have been a teacher for 3 years!). Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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My suggestion would be to get certified... often companies consider that over a degree if it's specific to the task at hand. If you can teach yourself enough to get certified in Java, C++, C#... you'll be in good hands. Even a certification in MCSD?

Java:
http://www.sun.com/training/certification/java/index.xml

MCSD:
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcsd/requirementsdotnet.mspx

note: I'm not a programmer... i'm sure you'll get more in depth replies soon enough.
note2: Do not attempt a boot camp in order to gain certifications faster... they are useless. Boot camps work well for people who are a month or so from taking the test and want to brush up... They are quite expensive too. =/

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