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What Certifications Should I Get For IT?

The certifications you get should be based on the type of work that you want to do. CompTIA certifications include: A+ for those who want to do administrative and helpdesk work related to hardware and devices; Network+ for those who want to focus on wired and wireless networking; and Security+ for those who want to focus primarily on the security of networks and preventing cyber-attacks. Though it is not necessary to acquire all these certifications, it is encouraged if you are interested in making yourself a more attractive candidate to potential employers.

All of the entry-level CompTIA certifications will help you get a job in the industry, but the different focuses also relate to different soft skills. CompTIA A+ employees are more likely to work hands-on with end-users, fixing their devices and training them. CompTIA Network+ employees are more likely to work with the physical architecture of the network, setting up networks and even running cabling. CompTIA Security+ employees are highly-focused, detail-oriented individuals who will usually be paid more -- but will need to be responsible for securing networks and devices.

When filling positions for IT jobs, many employers seek candidates with at least an A+ or Network+ certification, but Security+ is also becoming a very popular discipline. MedCerts offers the option to save money on multiple certifications by bundling them into dual-certification training programs. For example, enrolling in our IT HelpDesk Administrator program (a Network+/A+ dual-certification program) would save you $1400 more than you would if you were to enroll in them separately.

If you are interested in a career in information technology but don’t know what the best option for you is, Take our IT career quiz and we’ll pick the best certification program for your interests and personality.

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