It Certifications for the Working Professional

By: Mike Allen

IT Certifications for the Working Professional
College is a huge investment. The tuition fees are enormous, and the time sacrificed to gain an education can be overwhelming. It is an investment which has to be looked at through the big picture goggles; otherwise, people wouldnt go after the education. The results are not immediate and the cost is very high. The benefits down the road are great, but the immediate cost can at times lead people away from the opportunity.
By no means am I saying that college is not a worthy investment of your time, because it is a huge asset to the working professional. The skills gained through an education are priceless and the benefits by far outweigh the time invested. What I am saying, is that college is time intensive, and for some it might be difficult contribute their full attention.
So what can be done to earn a higher income if college is not an option at this point in time? IT certifications might be the answer.

IT certifications are designed to give individuals extra training and education on different functionalities of computers and technical concepts. Novell broke through with a powerful education system in the early 90s, allowing individuals to become certified using their products, in doing so individuals became extremely knowledgeable in specific areas. Microsoft also provides certifications which can be earned, allowing for individuals to earn industry wide recognition of skills and proficiency.
Because these certifications are recognized throughout the IT industry, individuals who hold these accomplishments are in high demand. Through the specialized education and examinations individuals have to experience, skills in specific areas are made known to companies who are interested in hiring once a certification is earned.
IT certifications can be offered through classroom experiences, however for the working IT professional, distance learning might be the better option. Companies such as TestOut have created programs which allow users to take their certification courses from a personal computer. Through this type of technology, IT professionals can study at their own pace, while acquiring the information required to gain high scores on examinations.
There are many different types of certifications available. Microsoft offers certifications such as their certified system administrator and certified system engineer courses; while others might be interested in earning an A+ or Cisco CCNA certification. Each certification specializes in certain areas, and each will allow for added benefits in a career.
Through this type of an extended education, IT professionals and those who wish to pursue a career in this field are given the opportunity to excel. Certifications can take as much time to gain as you would like with distance learning technology. If you learn quickly, forty hours of study time should be adequate to assist in passing examinations; however it is different for every student. If you are looking to improve your situation and dont have the time for college, an IT certification might be for you.

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