This certification provides evidence of a person's comprehensive understanding of network installation, setup, and management. It prepares you for a job as a network technician, help desk technician, or network administrator. The exam requires that you are familiar with different types of media, network devices, network tools, and network security. You'll need to demonstrate that you can install, set up, manage, and secure wired and wireless networks, as well as troubleshooting and repairing them as needed.
Although it is not required, CompTIA recommends that you have at least nine months of experience in networking and earn the CompTIA A+ certification before you take the Network+ exam. Participating in a preparation program for the CompTIA Network+ certification will help you pass the certification exam.
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CompTIA Network+ Certification
Classes will vary from school to school. To prepare for the CompTIA Network+ exam, expect to learn about the following subjects:
- Operating systems
- Network structure
- Network security
- Network disaster recovery
- Network monitoring
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
With offices needing multiple computers connected together, networking has become an essential part of the IT sector - not to mention the continual need for complicated multi-user Internet connections. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that network administrators will have average job growth of 8% between 2014 and 2024, with network support specialists also experiencing 8% growth during that time (www.bls.gov). In May 2015, the BLS reported average annual wages of $82,200 for network and computer systems administrators and $67,260 for network support specialists.
Earning the CompTIA Network+ certification proves to employers that you have the skills necessary to work with and maintain computer networks in a variety of settings, opening up many job opportunities.