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Just got my CCNA last week.

Should I continue on this track or start a career in PhP development?

My company does both and they have recently offered me a job in PhP development. I have my bachelors in computer science.

Recently I have taken a liking to networking and got my CCNA. So should i continue on that track or take the developer job?
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the choice is really up to you and what you enjoy the most. Keep in mind the further down each track you go it will be harder to switch back to the other track. It's like hey I'm in the transportation field, do I want to go with submarines or Rocket propulsion.
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It really comes down to what you enjoy the most.

If you pursue high-end networking (like Level 4 deployment and design - think CCIE and Cisco Certified Arch.) the pay will most likely be higher than programming - and in a lot of companies the difference could be substantial. The only way to get close to a L4's pay grade as a programmer would be to either be the sole programmer for the company and be the best ever at it, or be the Senior Director/Senior Manager for the entire programming staff - in which case you'd be doing very little programming yourself.

Both can pay extremely well, don't get me wrong. But L4 Network gets paid more almost across the entire board. Do what you enjoy the most though, as you could live very comfortably (financially speaking) with either.
    
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ya kinda what i was thinking.

I mean I put in 5 years of school to be a programmer where getting my CCNA was just the result of the job I landed.

I mean I don't need to be stupid rich but I need to make enough money to pay back student loans.
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Apples and oranges man...

Do you want to hammer out lines of code all day or do you want to be involved in planning, deploying and administrating complex networks?
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Do what you like. It's as simple as that.
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