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An anonymous reader writes "What's the best way to get a job in IT or programming without an IT or CS degree? I have a science degree with very light ancillary experience doing some basic IT support and programming. From an employer's perspective what's the best way to substitute for a lack of a IT/CS degree or real job experience — non-degree community college courses, extra CS college courses, certificates, or what? Do any of the MS software development certificates carry any weight at all or even help you get a foot in the door?

How does one even go about finding an entry level job? All the job ads seem to be for experienced people."

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