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When you have a job in IT and no certifications, it is easy to say that certifications are not needed. In a tough economy, you need every extra you can have when you are searching for a job or trying to change positions. Experience is great, but when you have the experience plus industry certification you will have a leg up on the competition. Try searching IT jobs in various cities. Even some of the jobs that those working in the field would consider entry-level are looking for experience, a BS degree, and preferably multiple industry certifications.