Graduates of the Solaris certification program are certified as Solaris system administrators and are eligible to seek further certification. Students need professional experience working with computers and knowledge of the fundamentals of information technology. A prior degree and some formal training in keyboarding, computer essentials and networking is often recommended.
Certificate programs vary in length, but they generally can be completed in less than a year of study. They usually consists of 11-30 credit hours depending on the school and format of the program. Certain educational institutions format their Solaris certification program as a specialization within a computer networking and systems administration certificate program. Courses are commonly available online.
The Solaris certification program is intended for those who already have some prior experience in the computer industry and possess a strong foundation of computer knowledge. Often times, people who seek the certification have already completed a degree program or have other certification experience and wish to expand their knowledge to the Solaris operating system.
The curriculum in these programs is made up of a combination of courses on information technology, networking, programming and system administration. Some specific courses a student may encounter include:
- Solaris system administration
- Shell programming for Solaris
- Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Networking
- Foundations of C programming
- Administration of the Linux system
- Integration of the UNIX network
The Solaris Operating Environment is quickly gaining popularity and used by many major companies around the world. Having a thorough understanding of the operating system is essential to staying ahead in the ever evolving and expanding IT industry. Some occupations that may encounter Solaris on a regular basis include:
- Network administrator
- Computer support specialist
- Network consultant
- System administrator
- Network technician
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
The number of working computer support specialists is projected to grow 10% between 2018 and 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which is faster than average compared to other job fields. The median salary for computer user support specialists as of 2018 was $50,980, reports the BLS.
Upon graduation from a certification program, the student is designated a Solaris systems administrator. Further certification is attainable through the Oracle Corporation (the current owner of Solaris). Solaris systems administrators may take the Oracle Solaris 10 system administrator certified professional upgrade exam in order to be designated an Oracle certified professional. They may then take the Oracle Solaris 10 System Administrator Certified Expert Exam to receive the Oracle certified expert designation. None of these additional certifications are required for employment, but can be attractive to potential employers.
Students in Solaris certification programs learn about the relationships and compatibility between Solaris and other computing tools, such as Linux, UNIX and C Programming. Graduates may be working in the field as computer support specialists.