I started out teaching computer programming and database applications back in the early '80's.
Then I became a tech support analyst for a major academic awards, class rings, fine papers company in Indy doing all sorts of system work as well as front end network processing (and was recruited away by Honeywell).
Moved from there to the DC area to go to work for Honeywell. Didn't stay long because they stuck me in configuration management after they had recruited me due to my front end processing background. Only good part of this short stay was meeting John!
Went to work for gov't where I was able to put my front end network processing expertise to use. Still in the IT realm...