Here's my situation. I have a B.S. in Computer Engineer. 7 years later I got my CCNA and landed my first IT job which is working as a NOC tech (entry level). I have really absorbed a lot here and even earned my CCNP in May of this year. Currently I've been in the NOC for 7 months.
So the current situation is that I have B.S., CCNA, CCNP, and only 7 months job experience. I am currently just an entry level NOC tech and do very little troubleshooting. When is a good time to leave the NOC and get an engineering position? Currently I make $35k/yr.