Certifications and IT Careers

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Today's Agenda . Who CompTIA is and what we doWhy IT remains a good career choice, even in a struggling economyWhere the entry level opportunities are in ITWhere the growth opportunities are in ITWhy Industry Certifications are key. Who is CompTIA?. A not-for-profit global trade association rep

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

2. Today’s 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 college—helping 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 5.9M—highest since 2002 IT workforce growth is stagnant in U.S. <2% 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* Where’s the U.S. IT job growth coming from? Computer support specialists—leapt 41% YOY; adding 127,000 jobs Network and data communications analysts—19% growth YOY; adding 68,000 new jobs Computer scientists and system analysts—8% growth YOY; adding 65,000 jobs Network/system administrators—31% growth YOY; adding 51,000 jobs IT management—11% 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 ubiquitous—the 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 IT—Technology 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) MOS—Microsoft 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

20. Importance of Continuing Education for IT Professionals IT is dynamic—it’s 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

21. Contact Information Gretchen Koch [email protected] (630) 678.8425 (C) (630) 920.3893

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