IT support offers countless paths to fulfilling jobs and rewarding pay – you determine the direction and, ultimately, how much money you can earn with CompTIA Network+. Not everyone has the same reason for getting certified. In general, you can apply your CompTIA Network+ certification in the following ways:
In all scenarios, CompTIA Network+ can serve as a springboard for a career in networking and even cybersecurity. Unlike other vendor-specific networking certifications, CompTIA Network+ prepares you to support the network regardless of the platform. It forms the foundation you need before specializing in a vendor solution and going into the cybersecurity career. CompTIA Network+ is the only industry certification that covers both wired and wireless networks.
CompTIA Network+ is the industry standard for establishing a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring and managing networks. Jobs like network field technician and junior network administrator use the skills validated by CompTIA Network+ certification.
And companies like Apple, Best Buy, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Canon, Cisco, Dell, HP, Intel, Konica Minolta, Motorola, Ricoh, Sharp, Time Warner, the United States Department of Defense, Verizon and Xerox all look for CompTIA Network+ certification in hiring.
Other CompTIA Network+ job titles include the following:
When researching salaries and aiming your career at specific job titles, remember that you may see a range of salaries for one particular job because some companies and geographies will pay more than others. Companies that pay more may also demand more – in terms of experience or responsibilities. The result is a range of possible salaries for any particular job title and the reality of mean salary percentiles.
Let’s look at the systems administrator position as an example. While the median salary gives you a sense of where the majority of salaries fall, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also gives percentiles that show the highest and lowest salaries for that job title:
The pay you can expect from a particular IT job can vary significantly from the median pay depending on a number of factors that may benefit your role for a certain position. Here are five ways that can help increase your pay:
Don’t underestimate your personal impact on the pay that you can expect from your job. In addition to the pay boosters discussed above, there are a few more key things that can give you the best shot at landing that first job and making a case for the pay you’re looking for, such as:
We’ve made it easy to get started planning your path in networking.
CompTIA now offers a number of exam training options for CompTIA Network+ to fit your particular learning style and schedule, many of which may be used in combination with each other as you prepare for your exam.
There’s a wealth of information to take you from deciding if CompTIA Network+ is right for you, all the way to taking your exam. We’re with you every step of the way!