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Is there a high demand for certifications for computer science or IT?

By aaor ·
How much of a demand is there on certifications for computer science graduates and/or IT related graduates

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Depends on the field

by Slayer_ In reply to Is there a high demand fo ...

Your question casts a pretty broad net.

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by aaor In reply to Depends on the field

I understand that the question is quite broad but I really want to get a sense of how relevant certifications may/may not be for the average person with a a B.S. in Comp Sci versus the IT person with lots of acronyms behind his/her name. Since a CS person is pretty versatile but may require to pick a book to understand some nuances the IT person with a certification has/knows, is there a terrible disadvantage to not having a certification ESPECIALLY if that person isn't **** bent on a specific field?

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To answer just as broadly...

by Charvell In reply to Is there a high demand fo ...

If you are looking for an IT career in programming/software development. Usually in this field, experience and a diverse knowledge of languages is the key.

If you are looking for an IT career in hardware/server managment/networking etc then certifications can go a long way. You just need to make sure you get the right certs. Example: An MSCE cert isn't going to get you far if you job is to manage an network infrastructure comprised of Cisco Routers/Switchs.

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Jack of all trades is master of none

by Spitfire_Sysop In reply to Is there a high demand fo ...

There are a lot of great entry level jobs that will hire anyone with a degree. Experience is what will make the difference to most employers. You don't need a degree or a certificate if you can do the work. However you will need some experience to get the certificates and they can offer 3rd party verification that you know how to do something.

Ultimately you should be looking at job postings to find the answer to this question. Look in the "requirements" or "qualifications" sections.

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I agree with the above posts

by Slayer_ In reply to Is there a high demand fo ...

Programming type jobs generally don't require certs or even much of an education, you just need the skill and/or experience.
Networking jobs, server jobs, hardware type jobs, generally want to see certifications of sorts to prove you know what you are doing. It's an interesting double standard.

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Systems Integrator or End-user organisation

by ellendilmw In reply to Is there a high demand fo ...

Whilst a degree never hurts and in some markets (such as - I believe - the US) can be considered essential; other than a few fields within IT (such as programming as mentioned above) a degree offers very little actual value to a potential employer (other than to show that you have the necessary dedication to work through a degree).

That being said, if you are looking for work with an End-user organisation (such as a bank, or other large corporation) a degree will often will be well looked upon.

If you are looking for work with a Systems Integrator (such as IBM or HP Technical Services) then industry certifications are far more important and recognisable. There are many reasons for this:
It shows that you have a particular skillset and training related to the requirements of a potential job (e.g. An organisation looking for a Network Engineer will offer preference to someone that has a CCIE/JCSE/MASE over someone with a degree in computer networking. The former shows that the candidate has knowledge and experience specific to the relevant products deployed whereas the latter shows that they knows the fundamentals of the technology in use).
Another reason - particularly for smaller integrators - is that they themselves often have target numbers of certified engineers working for them in order to maintain their Vendor ceritfication (e.g. Microsoft partners require a minimum of 2 certified engineers per location) so if you have certifications relevant to that need then you will be often be given stronger consideration than a candidate who has greater experience then yourself.

All in all, it's best to have as many formal qualifications as you can reasonably achieve, but these should never come at the expense of building relevant experience alongside those qualifications.

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