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Best Computer Networking Certifications For 2016

Best Computer Networking Certifications For 2016

IT pros skilled in the many areas of networking remain in high demand in today's job market. Those who are serious about their careers should consider one or more of these best-of-breed networking certs in order to set themselves apart from the competition.

When it comes to the care and feeding of modern networks, there's quite a laundry list of tools and technologies that qualified IT professionals must master -- especially those who aspire to work as network administrators.

In addition to the servers and clients that make up the end-points in such environments, there's a lot of network infrastructure to worry about nowadays, too. This includes, switches, routers, both physical and virtual, plus many of a raft of network appliances such as unified threat management (UTM), next-generation firewalls (NGFS), WAN optimization, spam and e-mail filtering, content filtering and a whole lot more.

Getting your head around all of the different certification options and specialties can be challenging. Some well-known, highly regarded networking certifications can help. In this article we look at five networking certifications (in no particular order) that we consider to be leaders in the field of networking for 2016.

Before you peruse the details of our five favorites, take a look at Table 1 for the results of our informal job board survey. The data indicates the number of job posts across the U.S. in which our featured certifications were mentioned on a given day. The data should give you an idea of the relative popularity of each certification.

Job Board Search Results

CCIE Certification21,9653,0236733,65013,80837543,494
CCNP Certification72,0836,0221,1635,05317,140652102,113
JNCIE-ENT Certification488887640593
Network+ Certification3,6742,7592299845652648,475
WCNA Certification3711108764

Many thanks to Trevor Smith and for providing valuable polling data that helped us select the certifications featured in this article.

Now let's take a closer look at the top five networking certifications for 2016.

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