Friday, October 29, 2010

A Bright Future in Networking

Today, Network World’s Linda Musthaler, expert in IT career skills, reported a very positive outlook on the networking field of IT. According to Robert Half Technology, she said, “the technical skill set most in demand by a majority of CIOs is networking. What’s more, network managers will see average starting salaries rise 4.3 percent, to the range of $79,250 to $109,500 per year.”

This report surely is good news to IT students planning their future career, as well as to IT professionals still developing their skill set. Because networking skills are in high demand, network engineer is considered one of the top 10 IT jobs.

What exactly does a network engineer do? Network engineers are responsible for organizations’ computer networks and make sure that the networks run smoothly. They’re responsible for installing, configuring, and monitoring the networks, which may be LANs (local area networks), WANs (wide area networks), or other networks. Network engineers work with routers, switches, firewalls, and operating systems.

If networking is the direction you want to go, the Network+ certification from CompTIA is the place to start. Network+ is an entry-level networking certification designed to demonstrate that you have a fundamental understanding of networks. As you train for Network+, you’ll acquire a broad knowledge of networking technologies, including:
  • Network Topologies
  • OSI Model
  • Protocols
  • Cables and Connectors for Networking
  • Network Adapters
  • Internetwork Devices
  • Ethernet Architecture, Specs, Cables
  • IP Addressing
  • DNS
  • Routing
  • VoIP
  • Wireless Networking
  • Network Security
  • WANs
  • Network Management
  • Troubleshooting Networks

According to Musthaler, “the industry experts agree that the career opportunities are there if you have the right networking skills, and now you have more choices than ever on how to ‘skill up.’” With the right training, and with Network+ certification to show your competency, you’ll be ready to succeed in a networking career.

Emily Howard, TestOut

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