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CompTIA Security+ jobs

Discussion in 'Security+' started by rfowler, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. rfowler

    rfowler New Member

    Can anyone tell me what job's I can apply for or get after completing my CompTIA Security+
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator


    It's a very open/vague question you're asking as you can apply for anything that you want regardless of if you meet the requirements or not. However what job you'll be able to get is a different cattle of fish. Getting a job is not only based on certifications/qualifications, but also on hardskills, softskills & previous experience/employment.

    Certifications: CITP, PGDip, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: MSc in Tech Management
  3. JamesCG

    JamesCG Bit Poster

    Ditto to what the guy above said.

    But to provide a little more information. Salary surveys tell us that the median salary for someone with Security+ is about 35-40k and job titles include information security specialist, network administrator and systems analyst. I'm getting this info from this Security+ page. Now that's not taking into account previous experience, other credentials, etc. so your mileage may vary.

    Also it's important to consider that security certifications are gaining a lot of momentum because companies are bringing security in-house. And Security+ is a great stepping stone toward more advanced Security certifications. So it's important to consider factors other than "What kind of job can I get with security+?"

    Hope this helps.
  4. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    The thing is... it's not the certification that gets you the 35-40K... it's the previous experience that does it. The certification just makes your CV more attractive to an employer. By itself, the certification isn't worth much without the experience to go with it.
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  5. JK2447
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    JK2447 Petabyte Poster Administrator

    Absolutely what he said. One of the main reasons for doing a cert is to stand out from someone with comparable experience who hasn't got it.
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV, VSP, VTSP
    WIP: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
  6. SuPaStA

    SuPaStA Nibble Poster

    I have had my Security+ now for probably 5 years but have never once seen a job looking for it.
    Certifications: CCNA,MCSE,ITIL,Server+,Security+,N+...
  7. Willk83

    Willk83 New Member

    On it's own it means very little but coupled with other certs and experience it can really increase your relevance
  8. Shinigami

    Shinigami Megabyte Poster

    The way I see it, it's not the Security+ cert that's of any use, but the actual study material that raises awareness on computer related Security issues.

    As a newbie to the IT field, having the cert won't help you out, but as someone with a few years of experience under the belt, it can help you get into a few jobs that may typically be out of ones reach otherwise.
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, MCDST, MOS, CIW, Comptia
    WIP: Win7/Lync2010/MCM
  9. RonDon11

    RonDon11 New Member

    Security+ is designed for networking professionals. In addition to some on-the-job networking experience it can signal to employers that you have a focus on Security. It's good for getting networking jobs that have security related responsibilities, which typically would pay better than normal network admin jobs.

    But as others pointed out, Sec+ means very little on it's own.

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