Whether you are considering starting an IT networking career or are a seasoned IT professional, Cisco can help you achieve your goals. As demand for IT professionals who can manage networks that keep information and communications flowing continues to grow, so do the job opportunities. More than ever, companies are relying on technology to increase efficiency, decrease costs, and help them establish a competitive advantage. Now is the right time to train and certify your knowledge and skills on Cisco technologies.
Here are the top reasons why Cisco certifications are valuable in establishing and advancing your career.
#5. Cisco certifications are an industry standard.
Validate your skills with the certifications that employers most look to for the proof you know how to run their networks.
Gain the extra confidence that comes from training with the pioneer in the networking field, and still the leader in the industry today.
#4. Cisco certifications can help you and your resume stand out in the job market.
IT hiring managers view certifications as second only to a college degree in qualifying for jobs and the top criterion for determining your ability to perform a job.*
More than 89 percent of hiring managers rate IT certifications as a high priority when evaluating candidates.**
#3. Boost your salary.
A survey of 12,000 IT professionals (84% of them from the United States and Canada) revealed that Cisco certified individuals earned 5 to 9 percent more than noncertified individuals.***
Adding technical specialties also resulted in increased salaries, and those progressing onward to CCNP® certification earned a 10 percent salary premium over CCNA® Routing and Switching certified professionals.***
#2. Cisco certifications let you specialize in a range of IT networking disciplines.
The Cisco certification curriculum encompasses a complete range of networking technologies to grow with: routing and switching, data center, security, wireless, collaboration, voice, video, design, service provider.
And, it offers five levels of progression (Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert, Architect) to keep you striving to be your best.
#1. Demand for networking talent continues to grow and shows no signs of stopping.
Advancements in networking capabilities continue to generate intense demand for talented professionals who can design, optimize, and maintain networks using specialized networking technologies like video, security, voice, data center, and design.
By 2017, there will be 19 billion networked devices globally, up from 12 billion networked devices in 2012.****
Globally, consumer IP video traffic will be 77% of all consumer IP traffic in 2017, up from 67% in 2012.****
*Forrester study of IT managers worldwide for Cisco
**2011 study, “Employer Perception of IT Training and Certification,” by CompTIA
***2012 Global Knowledge/Tech Target IT Skills and Salary Report; CareerBuilder.com survey
****Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI): Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2012-2017
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