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I'm wondering which is the most profitable career wise?<br />
I've started on both and need to get headed in the right direction...<br />
Also would Linux knowledge be included and where?
 

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Either one can be very profitable. It all depends on what you WANT to do. Don't worry about the money. If you get the experience, the certs, and the education. You can make plenty of money working in primarily windows, or networking. Personally I'm going for my cisco certs, but that's only becasue I prefer working with networks.<br><br>
Linux is very important to learn. Not only becasue more and more major companies are going that route, but becasue it help hones your skills. It gives you another perspective on how computers and networks work.
 

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MCSE is more software and CCNA is more hardware and networking.<br />
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I am nearly finished w/ CCNA and i'll tell you its exiting. i have a cisco lab set up in my office and its just a lot of fun to sit there and mess around w/ tons of cisco router and switch settings.<br />
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in the end its what you're more interested in. if you want to be more of a system admin/IT tech, then i'd say go get your cisco because you can download the CCNA academy off of a few sources.<br />
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either way, just read read read. Cisco changes every day and you have to learn a lot about networking that you'd have never imagined..... if you want more info on the CCNA/CCNP, send me a PM
 

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I've started on both and need to get headed in the right direction...<br />
Also would Linux knowledge be included and where?</div>

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</div>If you're looking to be your own boss and are willing to learn something new, take a look into becoming an ISF certified calibrator. If you're willing to travel, your income potential is even higher. A decent calibrator should make 100k+ working relatively low hours. If I needed a job/career, that's probably the route I'd go. It's extremely fun to take a tv and turn it into something that makes the owners speechless in a few hours.
 

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Also, I *heard* that M$ was doing away with the MSCE stuff and revamping with a whole new certification system. However, I haven't looked too far into it, but it's what I heard. I also would stick with the Cisco. You can pick up the MSCE later, it's not that hard.
 

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I have known several MCSE's that didn't know anything about computers. They were force-fed enough useless knowledge to pass the test and that was it. *Every* person that I know that has cisco certs really does know thier field. Whenever I am looking to hire someone I completely ignore MS certs, but the cisco certs would mean alot (if I were wanting a network admin).
 

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i knew this kid from india who came over to study in the US. he had his MCSE and the teacher was like, 'oh boy this kid is going to be smart'. it turns out this kid was a dumbass who was force fed the same stuff to pass the exam. his computer in school was full of spyware and he didn't know how to do jack in windows and was very hardware illiterate....<br><br>
the cisco test is hard(er). i've failed it once actually, just a few points away from getting it. its a lot of memorization of stupid specifications and stuff that you won't think you need to know, but come in very helpful.
 

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Upper 4 layers of the OSI = Microsoft / Vmware<br />
Lower 3 layers of the OSI = Cisco and Juniper<br />
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Pick your poison..<br />
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I went Cisco.. But just as a heads up the CCNA is the new CCENT. Everyone has it, if you want any real chance to get hired to do anything other then NOC you're going to need a CCNP and CCNA:V.<br />
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Well, at least enjoy what you're doing..<br />
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EDIT: Hey, wait a second. This is from 2006 you dumb ass..
 

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