Receive not only Instructor-Led Training but students can also access on-demand videos Virtual Labs that allows you to test your skills risk-free in a real-world lab environment and answer certification exam practice questions until you’re confident that you are ready to pass the exam.
The Overall Job Outlook. When examined at a macro level, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics asserts that the job prospects for IT networking professionals (especially those that the possess the CCNA) is expected to experience a steady 8% growth rate up to 2024.
|Degree Level||None for certification; bachelor’s degree may be preferred by employers|
|Degree Fields||Computer science, information science, or engineering|
|Experience||Varies; at least 1-2 years|
|Certification||Voluntary; CCNA certification|
|Key Skills||Communication, organizational, writing/documenting, troubleshooting, customer service and analytical skills; familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and Cisco; ability to use industry-specific tools such as server hardware, routers, and switches|
|Salary||$77,810 (2015 median for network and computer science systems administrators)|
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Careerbuilder.com job postings, Cisco, Payscale.com
Those with computer-related positions, such as computer support specialists and network system administrators, can benefit from obtaining the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) credential. Cisco offers five levels of information technology certifications, from entry-level to expert. Like many computer-related jobs, CCNAs might be able to work from home. Though this might mean being able to work a flexible schedule, it could also involve occasionally working nights or weekends. No specific degree is required to earn the CCNA credential. However, a degree in computer science or information science might be required by employers in the IT field.
CCNAs typically have some common key skills, including communication skills, troubleshooting skills, organizational skills, customer service skills, analytical skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and Cisco, and the ability to use industry-specific tools. In 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that network and computer science systems administrators earned a median annual salary of $77,810.
Although the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam has no official prerequisites, the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) certification is a good starting point to prepare for the more advanced CCNA certification. CCENT certification is obtained by passing the first part of the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices (ICND1) exam. The ICND1 certification course and exam are also required for the CCNA credential. Although not required for certification, positions that utilize the CCNA credential typically require several years of experience.