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Certifications in Demand

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by MrTBC, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. MrTBC

    MrTBC New Member

    Hi All,
    I've passed my A+ and Network+ certifications and I'm studying for my MCSA at the moment, which I intend to pass by the end of the year.
    Can anyone give me some advice of what I should look at taking after that please? My main aim is to make money (not too worried about what I have to do to achieve that!) by trying to look at taking certifications that are particularly 'on the up' and in demand.
    I get the impression that project management and security certifications could be a good route along with some specialist hardware. That said, SQL Server also seems quite in demand right now. I'm also trying to steer away from an MCSE if possible as it's intensive to maintain.
    I'm currently considering:
    Security+, Server+, and Project+, which I could bash out in about six months max.

    Any ideas/input gratefully received... :)

    Thanks guys.
  2. Uruloke

    Uruloke Nibble Poster

    How is an MCSE intensive to maintain? As far as I am aware once you've got it, that's it and you'll always have it.
    Certifications: GNVQ (Going Nowhere Very Quickly!)
  3. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

    I suppose there is the fact that MS brings out new tracks for the MCSE every so often (but not that often) which in a way can slightly devalue your previous MSCE, but even so, that wouldn't stop me going for one. Plus you can always take like a couple of upgrade exams, and then you have the new track.

    Couple of MCP's every few years, ain't that much of a biggie. Good to keep in practice. :)
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCP, MCDST, MCSA 2K3, MCTS, MOS, MTA, MCT, MCITP:EDST7, MCSA W7, Citrix CCA, ITIL Foundation
    WIP: Nada
  4. tripwire45
    Honorary Member

    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    MrTBC, it's not just the certifications, it's the experience. Even if you managed to earn all of the "top" certs in the industry, it is unlikely that you would immediately score a really high paying job if you don't have any practical experience in the field.

    Like most of us, you'll probably have to pay your dues (unless you get incredibly lucky) and start out with a lower paying job in some sort of support position. What you'll probably make the most money at is something that you love and you really have a talent for.

    While being a Database Administrator (DBA) is in high demand and can pay very well, if you hate maintaining databases or are just no good at it, you won't profit by getting quals in that area.

    Most people I know don't make a great deal of money in IT until they've managed to get the experience that warrants that kind of salary. Unless you already have that experience or are just amazingly talented in a particular area and can demonstrate your expertise (some people are), you'll have to go though the process of building your career one step at a time.

    Good luck.
    Certifications: A+ and Network+

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