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More pay : MCSE or MCSD?

By arachief ·
Well, i am a Nigerian hoping to get to the USA or UK. I haven't done any of the certifications and i have been advised to take one, before travelling. I'll just like to find out which one gets you a job easily, and also what about the take home pay?Thanks for the advice in advance.

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Depends on what you *want*

by fschmude In reply to More pay : MCSE or MCSD?

MCSE=network administration

These two are completely different working fields. I wouldn't look so much at the money, money is OK in both fields.
I think for you the bigger problem is to get a start.
This might be a little easier in network administration.
Nobody wants entry level programmers although this is stupid.

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Let's be realistic

by TimIT In reply to Depends on what you *want ...

I think we can all agree that the majority of programmers in any specific field get paid more than the equivalent admin or net support personnel. I believe the complexity and education required of programmers (MCSD) require more up front than does the MCSE. Don't get me wrong, I myself favor the MCSE Net Admin side of the business but if you're looking for just the green... chase after the 1's and 0's in the code window.

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MCSDs have more opertunities

by Glen_McLeod In reply to Let's be realistic

Yes MCSDs get more money than MCSEs, but that's because they are more in demand.

Look at the latest figures, last time I checked there were more than 200,000 MCSEs, compared to only 10,000 MCSDs. Before the Win2k certification track for MCSE, there were HUGE concerns about 'paper' MCSEs, people that just went out and bought the books, crammed, visited 'brain dump' sites where actual questions were availble, memorized the questions, then went and passed the exam. The value of the certification went down as a result and some employers even started using an MCSE certification as the minimum requirement to even apply for a job!

As an MCSD myself, both in the old (WinArch) track and in the new track, I find that the projects I get to work on are more varied, letting me experience new technologies and environments more often than MCSEs. One contract it's pure VB and SQL Server, then next it's ASP with MTS and Oracle with a little java thrown in.

Combine that with the fact that, over a 4 year period, I saw my salary climb almost 100% from when I started, and I have the best of both worlds. Getting paid to do what I like to do, and learning new technologies all the time.

Of course, that's the key, doing what you like.


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