Networking has emerged as one of the most preferred career streams in recent past especially for engineering students. However students from any field can choose Networking as a career.
Career in Networking is heavily dependent on Cisco Certifications. As Cisco Certification validate a candidates’ knowledge and skills both. So from where we start?
The answer is CCNA.
CCNA stands for Cisco Certified Network Associate. As the name suggests CCNA is a beginner level Cisco certification and is a pre-requisite for all other Cisco Certifications.
If you earn CCNA certification you are capable to install, configure, manage and support small to medium sized networks.
So this was just an intro, we will read about the different tracks in CCNA, different kinds of job roles available, Salaries and growth prospects of pursuing a CCNA certification in this article.
Different CCNA Tracks
Cisco offers CCNA certification for ten different technologies (also referred as tracks in Networking), which are:
- Routing & Switching
- Data Center
- Service Provider
- Cyber Ops
Scope of CCNA in India 2017
The networks are becoming increasingly complex and this drives up the demand for people with networking skills greatly. And this is where CCNA comes into the picture.
When it comes to networking, Cisco certification courses are the most sought after because of the value that they hold. CCNA is the first step to a world of opportunities.
A person holding a CCNA certification stands apart from the rest of the crowd. Going through CCNA certification will not only give you a good working knowledge of networks but it will also set the stage for you to work in multinational companies. Let’s get down to details.
Jobs after CCNA Training in India
Here are the job roles which you can expect after finishing your CCNA Training and clearing the certification –
|CCNA Certification||Job Roles|
|CCNA R&S||Network Administrator, Network Support Engineer, Network Specialist|
|CCNA Security||Network Security Associate, Security Technician, Security Administrator, Network Security Support Engineer|
|CCNA Cloud||Cloud Engineers, Cloud Administrators, Network Engineers|
|CCNA Data Center||Data Center Network Administrator|
|CCNA Industrial||Plant Administrator, Engineer-Control System|
|CCNA Service Provider||Network Specialist, Network Administrator, Network Support Engineer|
|CCNA Wireless||Network Engineer, Network Administrator, Network Manager, System Engineer|
|CCNA Cyber-Ops||Cyber-security Analyst|
Key Job Functions Vs Responsibilities
Now, let’s look at some of responsibilities that you are expected to take care of in job roles after CCNA –
#1 – If you get a Network Engineer job after CCNA
- To monitor and ensure system’s performance and its availability and reliability.
- To see through the configuration and installation of network devices and services.
- To ensure that the systems are kept updated by performing upgrades like patches, packs, security configurations and hot fixes.
#2 – If you get a Technical Support Engineer job after CCNA
A technical support engineer (TSE) has to deal with the issues faced by the customers and provide solutions.
- Configuring software and providing network support.
- Troubleshooting technical issues faced by the customers.
- Interacting with customers efficiently
- Communicating via emails and telephone.
#3 – If you get a Network Administrator job after CCNA
This job role is sometimes known as system administrator but the responsibilities are more or less the same.
- Installation of networks including LAN, WAN, intranet systems, Internet etc.
- hardware and software installation and maintenance
- Troubleshooting issues as and when they arise
- Network management and administration
#4 – If you get a Network Security Associate job after CCNA
This role basically involves ensuring the security of the networks at all times. It includes:
- Examination of organization’s security parameters
- Building policies to setup a strong and secure network
- Identification of security threats
- Elimination of identified security threats
- Looking out for security breaches and taking appropriate and timely actions.
So these are some of the functions that CCNA candidates applying for various job roles are expected to carry out. Now let’s see the salary for CCNA jobs.
Salary after CCNA :
The salaries offered to candidates with CCNA certification varies from company to company. There are various factors that affect the final package that is offered to the candidates.
Starting from Educational qualifications and work experience to job location, everything counts in the salary package that is offered to a candidate. Let’s see the salaries company wise first –
|Organization||Annual Salary Package|
|Cisco Systems Inc||INR 5,94,000 – INR 35,01,000|
|HCL Technologies Ltd.||INR 6,00,917|
|Synechron Technologies||INR 6,18,000|
|Cisco Systems (India) Private Limited||INR 11,54,000|
|Virtela Communications Inc.||INR 7,00,000|
|Aricent Inc||INR 10,01,000|
|Juniper Networks, Inc.||INR 17,80,000|
|Orange Business Services||INR 9,01,000|
|Hewlett-Packard Company||INR 16,00,955|
|L & T InfoTech Ltd||INR 4,20,107|
|Wipro Technologies Ltd.||INR 12,00,100|
|Fidelity National Information Services||INR 13,00,095|
|Dimension Data||INR 11,00,100|
|British Telecom||INR 10,28,000|
Now Let’s see CCNA Salary as per Cities in India –
The data shown below is for a fresher as well as experienced CCNA professionals. It will give you a fair idea about starting CCNA salary and max salary for a CCNA certified professional.
|City||Annual Package Range|
|Bangalore, Karnataka||Rs 1,77,260 – Rs 9,67,858|
|Chennai, Tamil Nadu||Rs 1,48,630 – Rs 6,09, 529|
|Mumbai, Maharashtra||Rs 1,43,500 – Rs 6,39,102|
|Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh||Rs 1,48,343 – Rs 6,06,599|
|Pune, Maharashtra||Rs 1,58,597 – Rs 7,33,151|
|Delhi||Rs 1,50,285 – Rs. 6,25,579|
Source – PayScale.com
CCNA is for Long Term Career Growth
There are ten different specializations in CCNA itself. Pursuing one of them will give you knowledge about that particular subject but that is not the end.
For building up a successful career you can also take up other CCNA tracks to strengthen your knowledge and also to add another skill set in your arsenal.
For example – Taking up CCNA security after completing CCNA Routing and Switching (R&S) can be really beneficial as companies constantly look out for people who have knowledge in different areas.
Or you could also go ahead and take higher level certifications like CCNP and CCIE in the same track. This will give you an in-depth knowledge of a specific field.
The salaries will also increase with the amount of experience that you have in the field of networking.
The graph above presents the minimum salaries on a national scale offered to Cisco certified candidates based on years of experience in the field.
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is an entry-level certification that has 10 different tracks.
Candidates holding CCNA certifications are offered a variety of job roles such as that of a Network Associate, Network Engineer, Network Administrator, Network Security Associate, Data Center Network Administrator and many more.
Various multinational companies are entering India to find the best available workforce. Their presence increases the demand for CCNA certified candidates even more.
Some of the most popular companies that hire CCNAs are HCL Technologies, Tata Consultancy Services Limited, Wipro Technologies Ltd., Cisco Systems and Ericsson Inc.
The salaries offered to CCNA certified candidates are really competitive, that increases with the amount of experience in the field.