Salary for Cisco engineers
With the excellent quality, full service, high salary and broad range of coverage, Cisco is attracting more and more talents to work for it. According to the 2010 Tech Republic Salary Survey you could earn the following:
CCNA – $79,695 per year
CCNP – $89,864 per year
CCDA – $93,953 per year
Again, they state the following:
“Overall, professionals who had earned an IT or project management certification during the last five years earned an average of $5,242 more than their counterparts ($85,628 vs. $80,386).” What’s more the potential energy of this big company and system is still increasing. Thus, it’s necessary to list the information for all the Cisco workers in future.
These days, the number of certifications and the types of certifications has grown dramatically. After Cisco has introduced the new entry-level certification (the CCENT) and the qualification above the CCIE (the Cisco Certified Architect), there are now five levels of certifications:
Cisco has over the years introduced multiple certifications and specializations in a variety of fields (called “tracks” or “paths”). Thus, apart from the original Routing and Switching, Cisco now offers certifications in eight different paths:
Routing and Switching
Service Provider Operations
This allows you to match your certification path to your job role or industry.
Resources: To prepare and learn more about IT certifications and technology tracks, visit the home of Cisco Career Certifications, the Cisco Learning Network. Now, let’s explain and make clear the details of Cisco certification
Detailed explanation of five levels of certifications:
The Cisco Certified Entry-level Networking Technician (CCENT) is Cisco’s entry-level certification and is a requirement for many other qualifications. This certification validates the skills needed to install, operate, and troubleshoot small enterprise branch networks and basic network security.
This is the first part to gaining your Cisco CCNA. To obtain a CCENT all you have to do is to pass a single certification exam – 640-822 (ICND1).
Prerequisites: None, Entry-Level
Requirement: Pass Cisco Exam 640-822
The Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) is Cisco’s second level certification. The CCNA qualification validates your ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size route and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN.
CCNA curriculum includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology, and performance-based skills. This new curriculum also includes (but is not limited to) the use of these protocols: IP, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Serial Line Interface Protocol Frame Relay, Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2), VLANs, Ethernet, access control lists (ACLs).
Requirement: Two Options
Option 1: Two Exam Path:
Pass Cisco Exam 640-822 (CCENT/ICND1)
Pass Cisco Exam 640-816 (CCNA/ICND2)
Option 2: Single Exam Path
Pass Cisco CCNA Exam 640-802
The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) is a professional or “journeyman” level networking certification. Cisco created the CCNP to recognize advanced skills in computer networking, particularly for installation and support of medium-sized LAN/WAN networks (having 100-500 nodes).
The CCNP focuses on routing and switching of scalable networks including intranets and campuses. To obtain a CCNP, one must complete either two or four exams that cover routing, switching, remote access, and network support. In total, the exams cost approximately $500 (USD). As with all other Cisco certification exams, it’s strongly recommended to prepare for the CCNP by reading study books, taking practice exams on the Web, and getting hands-on experience with Cisco equipment.
One must hold an active CCNA certification to be eligible for a CCNP. After obtaining a CCNP, one may choose to progress to the even more advanced and prestigious CCIE certification.
Currently the following exams are required in order to qualify as a CCNP.
1/ A vlid CCNA certification
2/ 642-902 (ROUTE)
3/ 642-813 (SWITCH)
Your certification will be valid for 3 years from the day you qualify and will need to be renewed BEFORE its expiration date.
The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) owns network engineering skills and mastery of Cisco products and solutions. The CCIE certification is highly prestigious and renowned for its difficulty.
Different CCIE certifications can be earned in separate areas of specialty called “tracks”:
Routing and Switching
To obtain a CCIE certification requires passing both a written exam and a separate lab exam specific to one of the tracks listed above. The written exam lasts two hours and contains a series of multiple-choice questions. It costs USD $350. After completing the written exam, CCIE candidates are then eligible to take a day-long lab exam that costs an additional USD $1400. Those who succeed and earn a CCIE must complete recertification every two years to maintain their certification.
No specific training courses or lower-level certifications are prerequisites to a CCIE. However, in addition to the usual book study, hundreds of hours of hands-on experience with Cisco gear are generally required to adequately prepare for the CCIE.
Networking professionals typically seek CCIE certification to help increase their salary or expand job opportunities within their field of specialty. The extra focus and effort required to preparing for CCIE exams normally improves an individual’s skill in the field. Interestingly, Cisco Systems also gives preferred treatment to Technical Support tickets of their customers when filed by CCIE engineers.
Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) is the highest level of accreditation achievable within the Cisco Certification program. It is the pinnacle for individuals wishing to show formal validation of their knowledge of Cisco technologies and infrastructure architecture. The CCAr is the senior network infrastructure architect working with top business and technical stakeholders.
Its technology covers:
Routing and Switching
Multiple and various
Application of technologies to real business problems
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