Are you among those folks who wonder how two devices separated by oceans are able to communicate to each other or how the bullet you fired on your friend in CS: GO, get all the way to your friend sitting in LA on his comfy chair?
If it's you, you must consider giving Computer Networking a shot, after all, who knows it may be the starting point of your IT career.
Believe me, getting started into IT can be really hard. But that statement is true only if you don't learn IT the right way.
While learning anything in IT, certifications are the go-to thing, that most of the beginners look for, to break into the field.
Although they are not mandatory, but it cannot be neglected that almost
99% employers use certifications to make hiring decisions as per Cisco which is the by far the most dominant player in the networking world.
Certifications are a great source for structured learning. In this article, we will review some of the most in-demand Networking certifications out there in the market.
CCNA is the most popular vendor-specific network certification in the market. It covers Network fundamentals, IP connectivity, IP services, Security fundamentals and Automation. Cisco also offers CCNP(Professional) and CCIE(Expert level).
- Pre-requisites: Cisco recommends a year of experience administering Cisco solutions.
- Price: $300 plus taxes
- Languages : English and Japanese
- Duration : 120 minutes
Schedule an exam: 200-301 CCNA - Cisco
CompTIA Network+ is the perfect choice for the people seeking vendor-neutral network certification. This is recommended for people who want to learn about networking in general for other roles such as DevOps engineering. CompTIA also offers CompTIA A+, CompTIA Linux+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Cloud+ and CompTIA Server+.
- Pre-requisites: 9-12 months experience and at least CompTIA A+ certification is recommended.
- Cost: $348 plus taxes
- Languages: English at launch. German, Japanese, Portuguese, Thai and Spanish
- Duration: 90 minutes
Buy Exam: CompTIA Network+
Juniper Networks Certified Associate certification is designed for professionals with beginner-intermediate knowledge of networking. It provides understanding of the core functionality of the Juniper Networks Junos OS.
- Pre-requisites: None
- Cost: $200 plus taxes
- Languages: English only
- Duration: 90 minutes
Register for exam: JNCIA-Junos
So what are you waiting for... Kick start your journey today in this amazing world of Networking!