In a world of heavy competition in the job market and in our current economic state, it is more imperative than ever to have an edge over other applicants when searching for jobs or changing careers. From office managers to heath care professionals there are professional certificate programs and certifications that can be earned by attending approved training classes that are geared towards giving practical and hands-on skills that should carry on into the workplace. This type of training and certification provides employers a sense of confidence knowing that the certified individual can quickly learn their job function and carry it out with minimal supervision. This is certainly the case with many technical jobs especially in IT.
When it comes to your career in the IT field, whether you have years of experience or you are just starting out, there is tremendous strength and growth potential when you obtain the latest certifications in the area(s) you choose to become an expert at. Let’s face it, how many people do you know that have degrees in Information Systems that are still unable to gain employment? This is largely due to the lack of hands-on and practical training that the degree programs offer and many employers are aware of this.

You can start out by learning the fundamentals of hardware, software, and network support in a program like the A+ Network+. And there are even Vendor specific certifications such as the CCNA by Cisco and the MCITP-SA by Microsoft that once earned, let the employer know that you have expertise in these specific areas. So if you are looking to become a Network Administrator and want to be able to manage and configure the medium of which networks rely on, then the CCNA training and path is what you should look at. If you want to provide support in a server environment and become a System Administrator, the Microsoft certification path is for you. These are just a couple of directions you can go in the IT field. There is also, of course, the high demand for Security professionals in IT. With the threat of cyber attacks and those with malicious intent, companies are seeking the best solutions for identity protection, data loss prevention, and data recovery to ensure their business runs smoothly and with minimal liability. Many doors are opening and new positions are being created to combat these issues making IT Security a truly desirable skill to have. For those looking into the IT Security field or have experience without the certification(s), you may want to look at the Security+, Certified Ethical Hacker(CEH), and Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator(CHFI) certification courses.

The bottom line is there are many possibilities one can have when achieving IT certifications which indeed makes them more important than ever to have. Whether you are starting out or are already in the IT field, certifications can help you reach your potential.

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