10 IT certifications that earn top dollar
April 2011: Bill Detwiler of TechRepublic.com discusses factors that can increase your base salary–including the 10 most-valuable IT certifications. Read more ...
CNN/Money magazine recently compiled the list of the 10 fastest-growing jobs which you can find here:
Here are some highlights (see more here: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/nextjobboom/?cnn=yes)
We identify ten occupations that are projected to see double digit growth between now and 2014.
What they do: Assemble networks from the bottom up, from data to email and voicemail systems.
Why it's hot: More companies are building networks to speed office communications and create better access to data.
Education: Bachelor's degree required; computer science, computer
engineering or information science major helpful.
Certifications: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
Average salary: $60,600
Note: Fastest-growing occupations for college-educated workers.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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As you can see above, computer-network related jobs are projected to be fastest growing in the next decade. Despite its recent woes, tech remains the fastest-growing sector for jobs.
This course will teach you the fundamental principles underlying data communication networks. The importance of understanding the principles should be self-evident, since without good fundamentals it will be difficult for you to properly master the how-to, certificate courses and skillfully attack the real world problems.
This course will not teach you specific technologies; for that you should consider certifications, such as Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) or Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP). However, you must be aware that a few-weeks certification course cannot teach you much beyone rote. The benefit of taking this course is that you will learn networking fundamentals over a semester-long period. Additionally, the programming assignment will help you gain hands-on experience and deepen your understanding of networking fundamentals.