Jerome, interesting question.
We don't have a survey across all members.
From looking at a list of most frequent commenters, that skews heavily towards people with a lot of industry experience. But we do get multiple new discussions per week that are from people who are clearly 'newbies'. I like those questions because they often raise fundamental issues that are of interest all.
We have one survey question for the Winter 2014 integrator results:
That puts the average at 11 to 15 years but people who can answer a 20 question open ended survey are going to be disproportionately experienced.
Overall, I think IPVM skews more to experienced / wonkish side.
Btw, if you have any ideas about how to make IPVM more newbie friendly, please share. For example, we've seen the courses help expose / bring in less experienced people and help them get up to speed.
The domains of expertise on IPVM are numerous and overlapping, and taken together are quite broad. They range from practical to financial to topical to theoretical, nobody knows everything about all of them, everybody is a 'newbie' at some of them.
Though sometimes, once you have acquired some facility in one discipline, its easier just to think that the other subjects are ones that you're just not interested in, rather than to say one is a 'newbie'. Or even worse one can start to believe their superiority in one area assures the same in others.
But those, like you, who willing brandish their 'newbie' badge openly, are usually more experienced than they let on, and only use such a label more than others because they allow themselves to be aware of that which they don't know. And just that attitude is likely to hasten their progress more than anything else.
On a more practical note, I would recommend using the existing quizzes (more please!) to gauge the composition of the site, as it is more specific to subject area. You can tell by the averaged scores roughly where you fit in.
Good Luck, fellow 'newbie'!
Beautifully written Rukmini, Bravo!