Originally Posted by NexusRed
Welcome to OCN.
Experience trumps certifications all day. Get your basic certs (A+ and Network) and then go from there. Get your experience in and then get the certs as you go through your career.
That statement is not entirely accurate. It depends on the actual Cert. Although high level certs are usually an indicator for better knowledge.
Originally Posted by Ulquiorra
CCNA insnt limiting its a basic one, It introduces you to the hate i mean er world of cisco switches, also drills home core networking technologies,
You could go down the security route say CRT / OSCP, CISSP is okay but useless in the real world, its like the minimum baseline now.
These threads pop up all the time, please please please search for them
This is pretty much true. CISSP is okay but it is the baseline that is looked at for security, much like the PMP is for Program Management.
I also think the OP was talking about being limited to the Networking Side of IT vs just in general.
As for the OP, there are many certs and paths you could go down in the IT field. Programming, Systems (MS, Database, Storage, or Virtualization), and Networking are the major areas. From the workplace side pay depends on many things. The highest pay working for a company is Networking. I don't know of any of the other areas where you can be pushing close to $300k/year, but at the same token you will not be achieving compensation to that scale within your first 5-10 years.