I see what your saying venist, I really do. But, the A+ cert will only land you low paying computer technician jobs. While the Security + will only land you a job in entry network security. But, the person with the degree will be taken first hand
. For example, I was at an interview once for a company hiring a network administrator position, as were other people.. I asked the guy next to me what his education was like, He told me he was A+ and Security+ certified. Then I asked the other guy next to me what his education was like, He said CCNA cert, Linux cert, Microsoft cert. I said oh cool, I have a 4 year bachelors degree in Network design and administration. The manager hired me and sent every one else packing their resumes. But, not every one can afford to go to college and get a degree, So I recommend if you want a good paying job, but cant afford college, get Cisco Certified atleast. Comptia is a good place to start, I will give it that much.