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Title: Certifications and IT Careers


1
Certifications and IT Careers
  • Gretchen Koch
  • Director, Skills Development Programs
  • CompTIA

2
Todays Agenda
  • Who CompTIA is and what we do
  • Why IT remains a good career choice, even in a
    struggling economy
  • Where the entry level opportunities are in IT
  • Where the growth opportunities are in IT
  • Why Industry Certifications are key

3
Who is CompTIA?
  • A not-for-profit global trade association
    representing the IT Industry
  • Inclusive of all IT industry segments Hardware
    Software Telecommunications IT Services
  • Corporations and Not-for-profit organizations,
    Schools, Community Colleges and Universities
  • Established in 1982, with corporate members in
    102 countries

4
What Does CompTIA Do?
  • Represents the interests of the IT Industry
  • The largest developer of vendor-neutral IT
    certifications
  • More than 1 million CompTIA certification holders
    worldwide
  • Examples A, Network , Security
  • Advances the interests of the IT industry through
    public policy initiatives by engaging government
    policy makers worldwide
  • A leader of industry initiatives in IT Skill
    Standards and IT Workforce Development

5
Why IT Remains a Good Career Choice
  • IT is still a high growth industry
  • There are still growing opportunities for entry
    level IT job functions
  • Students can gain IT Industry certifications
    while in high school and collegehelping them
    find employment.

6
Current State of Affairs in IT What the Research
Tells Us
  • IT job market is strengthening in U.S.
  • In Q1, 2008 IT employment up 12 YOY
  • 376,000 IT jobs added for total of 3.8M employed
  • As of July, 2008, U.S. High-Tech Industry
    employed 5.9Mhighest since 2002
  • IT workforce growth is stagnant in U.S.
  • lt2 from low points of 2003 and 2004
  • Data U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

7
Current State of Affairs in IT What the Research
Tells Us
  • Wheres the U.S. IT job growth coming from?
  • Computer support specialistsleapt 41 YOY
    adding 127,000 jobs
  • Network and data communications analysts19
    growth YOY adding 68,000 new jobs
  • Computer scientists and system analysts8 growth
    YOY adding 65,000 jobs
  • Network/system administrators31 growth YOY
    adding 51,000 jobs
  • IT management11 growth YOY adding 51,000 jobs
  • Data U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

8
Where Entry Level Opportunities are in IT
  • Desktop Support Technicians
  • Windows Administration
  • Network Administration (LAN/WAN)
  • Database Management
  • Wireless Network Management
  • Robert Half Technology Survey (Sept. 2008)

9
Entry Level IT Jobs Salary Information
  • Help Desk Support - 46.5K
  • IT Technician - 49.3K
  • Network Administrator - 58.7K
  • Computer Security Specialist - 59.2K
  • IT Administrator - 63.1K
  • Systems Administrator - 65.2K
  • IT Specialist - 65.2K
  • IT Analyst - 67.7K
  • Data 2009 IT Skills and Salary Report Global
    Knowledge TechRepublic
  • Robert Half 2009 Salary Guide

10
Where the Growth Opportunities are in IT
  • IT is ubiquitousthe glue that ties many
    industries together, e.g. healthcare, finance,
    entertainment, transportation….
  • Health IT, e.g. health records management,
    automated pharmaceutical orders, information
    security
  • Green ITTechnology recycling, virtualization,
    green technology

11
IT Salaries by Industry
  • Education - 63.7K
  • Healthcare - 78.1K
  • Government - 77.5K
  • Banking - 79.6K
  • Manufacturing - 80.2K
  • Computer Services - 83.4K
  • Information Technology/Services - 85.1K
  • Retail - 85.3K
  • Insurance - 87.9K
  • Telecommunications - 88.1K
  • 2009 IT Skills and Salary Report Global
    Knowledge TechRepublic

12
Why Industry Certifications are Important
  • Competitive advantage in a job search
  • Higher wage earning potential
  • Help students pay for post-secondary education
  • Become more productive on the job
  • Many employers mandate certs
  • College Military service credit
  • Perkins Act funding

13
IT Industry Certs JJC Students Can Attain
  • Microsoft (MCP, MCSE, MCSA)
  • MOSMicrosoft Office Specialist
  • Cisco CCNA, CCNP
  • Novell CNA, CNE)
  • CompTIA A, Network, Security
  • CIW - Webmaster

14
IT Certifications Salaries
  • MCDST - 63.5K
  • CompTIA A - 68.1K
  • CompTIA Network - 70.7K
  • MOS - 71.2K
  • MCSA on Windows Server 2003 - 74.4K
  • CompTIA Security - 75.1K
  • CCNA Routing Switching - 81.3K
  • MCSE on Windows Server 2003 - 81.8K
  • CCNA Security - 87.K
  • 2009 IT Skills Salary Report Global
    Knowledge TechRepublic

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Importance of Continuing Education for IT
Professionals
  • IT is dynamicits always changing
  • Positively impacts
  • Productivity
  • Career opportunities
  • Salary growth
  • Benefits are visible in all stages of an IT
    career
  • Key motivator is often to earn a certification or
    re-certify

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Contact Information
  • Gretchen Koch
  • gkoch_at_comptia.org
  • (630) 678.8425
  • (C) (630) 920.3893
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