Derailment of thread ahead:
Disclaimer, this is on a LOT of mudslides, which I have been told I make very strong.
Coming from the IT side of things, do NOT believe what the radio ads say, specifically the ones from the IT training places. IT as a field has been oversaturated for some time, since the dot com burst really. Getting a job in it is not easy, and in the brief period of time where I worked retail to make ends meet, I remember one interview in particular that drove this home for me. My would be boss looks at my resume, pauses, and says...
"Hmm you are an IT guy huh?"
"Yep, how'd you guess?"
"I used to be one myself, there just isn't any work out there right now"
Long story short, he, like me, had his certs, knew his way around a computer and network without a problem, but found the market to be oversaturated as well. This isn't the only example either. This is just part of what made me decide to follow my, then girlfriend, back to school and do something I truly enjoyed. I enjoy computers as a hobby, but I can't stand sitting behind a desk 8 hours a day. Been there, done that, hate it. It is just to boring.
So I went back to college for theater, specifically sound design. I picked up a few other skills on the way in exploring different media (video games, film, sound art, etc.) and have more than enough hobbies. My wife as a teacher will likely make more than me in my field of work sadly(Yea that doesn't say much). But I would rather be enjoying life and poor, than rich and bored out of my mind.
PS Yea self taught here as well, just went through and got the certs. Even in sound design and engineering I would be considered self taught, college provided a testing ground I could experiment with and not worry about the consequences, but little in the way of taught education in sound. Now script analysis, and other related topics, I certainly did get taught.