As computer networking becomes an increasingly routine part of our daily lives, the jobs of computer networking specialists and administrators become more important. It is the job of the computer-networking specialist to keep the networks working. Once a network goes down, many businesses cease to function until it returns to normal. Computer networks have become the communications backbone of large and small businesses.
Networking is changing the world of consumer electronics, biomedicine, industrial automation, supercomputing, cloud computing and defence. With the advent of Ethernet-enabled sensors and controllers, companies are increasingly looking at hooking their factory floor to their executive offices and beyond. Enterprise management is another widespread application made possible by networking.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of Computer Networking is predicted to grow at 23% through to 2018. This is faster than the average of all other careers..
Furthermore, in the context of India, the Government of India’s (GOI) flagship program like “Digital India Project” would create over five crore jobs mostly in Networking field according to the Telecom Minister Ravishankar Prasad (12th June, 2015 address to students at Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi).
Networking professionals can find ample job opportunities in different sectors such as education, films, banking, media, animation, hardware and networking product manufacturing and entertainment
What and Where to study?
Besides the conventional degrees (BE, MCA) that professionals possess, globally-recognized networking certifications add value and present professionals with additional career opportunities. The networking certifications are also an indicator that a professional has the requisite hands-on experience on networking gear.
The first and most direct way to easily get a job in networking field is to do some BE/B.Tech/BCA(Computer Science Engineering/Electronics and communication Engineering ) from any best universities of India with Depth knowledge of Networking courses and get a vendor certification like a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).
Among the top universities in Rajasthan such as JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur which offers both graduate and postgraduate engineering courses in the stream of Computer Science Engineering, Electronics and communication Engineering and Information Technology. JK Lakshmipat University also successfully running a networking skills training academy in collaboration with Cisco USA, (parallel with B. Tech. Program) Which offer courses like CCNA, CCNA – Security, CCNP which are delivered through Cisco Certified Instructor. Certified instructors provide hands-on support in specially equipped labs to facilitate learning and track student progress. Top Universities like JK Lakshmipat University also organizes Expert Lectures regularly in CISCO Academy for the benefit of students and staff by inviting experts from reputed research organizations and industries in order to provide information on the industry requirement and state of the art technologies.
Job roles in networking field:
- Chief Technical Officer
- System administrator
- Network administrator
- System Engineer
- Network Engineer
- IT Manager
- Web Master
- Security Database development and administration
- Intranet Specialist
- Network Programmers and Analysts
Some of the renowned companies recruiting hardware and networking professionals include CISCO, Acer (Pvt) Ltd., Dell, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Google, qualcom, Airtel, Netapp, Reliance, Intel Corporation, Casio India Company, New Delhi based Microchip Technologies India, CMC Ltd. and Comarco Wireless Technologies.
What you’ll make?
Entry level salaries can be as high as Rs.35,000–40,000 for those with relevant vendor certifications like CCNA,CCNP. At the higher end a CTO (Chief Technology Officer) would get more than Rs. 1 lakh. Those with good knowledge of ISPs, TCP/IP, lease lines, particularly CCNA Security, Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, command anything between Rs.1 lakh up to 1.5 lakh+ (plus hefty perks).
Best Certification in networking Field
Some of the popular International Certifications available for LAN/WAN Administration are MCSE, UNIX Admin, LINUX Admin, CNE, etc., whereas for WAN Administration you need CCNA, CCNP, CCDA, CCDP and CCIE.
About the Author:
Er. Devendra Bhavsar
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science Engineering (CSE),JK Lakshmipat University, Mahapura,Near Mahindra SEZ Jaipur, Rajasthan. Er. Devendra Bhavsar has completed his M.Tech from IIT Bombay in Computer Science Engineering and CISCO USA Certified Engineer.
His research interests include Wireless Sensor Networks, WiMAX and Algorithm. He has published seven research papers in international journals and conferences.