Best Wireless Networking Certifications For 2016

Best Wireless Networking Certifications For 2016
By , Mary Lemons

If there's one technical area in networking that bubbles to the top of the active and interesting subject matter known as networking, it has to be wireless. With the explosion of mobile devices in the enterprise, wireless networking professionals are more in demand than ever.

Though networking of all kinds remains a white-hot IT concern and technology area, nothing could be hotter than wireless technologies for everything from local area networking with 802.11ac (approved in January 2014), to the widespread proliferation and adoption of fourth-generation (4G) wireless wide area networking technologies, such as LTE.

This makes it hard to pick only five wireless networking certifications at the top of the heap, so we had to cheat a little bit in this article. Thus, we lumped together all three of the primary Cisco wireless certifications at the Associate (CCNA Wireless), Professional (CCNP Wireless) and Expert (CCIE Wireless) levels.

And the "five" that we cite in this story represent just a small sample of the large number of wireless IT certifications available in today's marketplace, so be prepared to venture beyond our suggestions as your inclinations and proclivities may dictate.

In preparation for this article, we conducted a random survey of various IT job boards to see what certs are being requested by prospective employers. In reviewing the results, it's important to remember that factors such as geography, the current climate of the employment market and the complexity of the cert will all influence outcomes. You can expect to see lower numbers on more senior certs because, quite frankly, they're more difficult to obtain and fewer people possess them than entry- and mid-level wireless certs.

Table 1: Job Board Survey Results

CCIE Wireless63343181363194
CCNA Wireless1108264021122381
CCNP Wireless12689134024119411
GIAC GAWN1713548047

In addition to job board research, Trevor Smith and the members of provided valuable information to help us decide which certs to feature. Thanks much! We hope you find our top 5 help desk certification picks for 2016 useful.

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