Safe Computing: Kate Forster, Joliet, Ill.
A closeup from the 2008 Redmond/MCPmag.com Salary Survey.
I love my IT job. I work for the Joliet Police Department, which allows me to work with and help people who are risking their lives every day to make our towns safer.
I've done database work and built programs to assist with investigations, and taught officers how to use the computer systems we have for fingerprinting criminals. I enjoy the fact that everything I do in my job indirectly helps the town of Joliet and our officers to be safer and more productive.
Most people think of government offices as being in the dark ages, but our team is very progressive in working on city-wide wireless mesh and database projects.