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Best Computer Networking Certifications for 2014

Best Computer Networking Certifications for 2014
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IT professionals skilled in the many areas of networking remain in high demand in today's job market. Those who are serious about a career in networking should consider one or more of these best networking certifications in order to set themselves apart from the competition.

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Ed Tittel is a 30-year-plus IT veteran who's worked as a programmer, technical manager, instructor, network consultant and technical evangelist for companies including Burroughs, Schlumberger, Novell, IBM/Tivoli and NetQoS. He has written for numerous publications and is the author of over 140 books with a special emphasis on information security, Web markup languages and development tools, and Windows operating systems.

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Best IT Certifications for 2014

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, plus many of a raft of network appliances such as Unified Threat Management (UTM), firewalls, 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 I consider to be leaders in the field of networking. Most of them will be familiar, but there might be at least one (hopefully pleasant) surprise in our 2014 line-up. 

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