The world of Information Technology, once the exclusive domain of scientists and computer geeks, has become a commonplace component of everyday American business life. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), almost a million Americans work in hardware and software engineering roles. Despite the integration of IT into daily life, the BLS projects rigorous growth in development and support jobs throughout the coming years for qualified personnel.
The single determining factor in screening job applicants over the next decade may well be in professional information technology certifications. Systems software vendors, including Microsoft, Oracle, and Sun, have developed examinations that benchmark knowledge and aptitude for major operating systems and servers. Information technology certifications assure employers that their job candidate meets their minimum expectations for working on their applications and networks.
Learning, Prepping, and Passing
For those who plan on a career working with the Sun Java 2 platform, Java certification courses teach you all about the run-time environment and how to write and maintain code within the application. Sun Solaris technologists can study and sit for certification exams as Sun Certified System Administrators or Sun Certified Network Administrators.
For Microsoft-oriented technologists (who run SQL systems), certification courses are offered across the country to qualify you as a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) or Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA). Additional key qualifying exams are available for Microsoft Certified System Engineers (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developers (MCSD). Whereas these certifications were once considered keys to advancement, over the next decade they may present minimum requirements for staying on the job.