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The Script

Wow, just look at all these openings for network architects, engineers, systems admins and LAN admins! Right now, I see over two thousand opportunities for qualified network administrators. So how can savvy IT professionals cash-in on this bounty of career opportunities? I'll give you the answers during a segment we like to call, “Ask Cat.” I’m Cat Miller and this is DiceTV. Here’s the first question: Is there a shortage of network administrators? Absolutely. In fact, experts estimate that there are currently 60,000 unfilled positions in the U.S. and by 2012, an estimated 14 percent of the IT professionals in North America will work on IP networks – why that’s almost 780,000 workers! What skills are in-demand? Network administrators still need general skills like basic networking, active directory, mail applications, storage and security. And organizations still want administrators who can design, install, manage and secure a network infrastructure. But now there are so many types of networks and so many different levels that networking roles are becoming specialized. How will specialization impact the role of network administrators? Over the next five years, network administrators will need specialized skills and certifications in emerging areas such as risk management and business development. Currently, there are more than 11 different roles for network professionals in security alone. Will network administrators need additional certifications? To compete for these new-age networking jobs, IT professionals will need a bachelor’s degree, Microsoft certifications like an MCSE and advanced users skills. But they'll also need specialized certifications designed around specific roles like a CWNA or CWNP to work on wireless networks or a CWSP to work on wireless security. How can experienced IT professionals transition into the network field? If you have some network experience and want to transition into an administration role, start with a small network that runs on familiar operating systems and hardware to get your feet wet while you earn additional certifications. And you'll need detail orientation, a curious nature and great communications skills to succeed no matter what role you select. I’m Cat Miller and this has been Dice TV. We now return you to your regular desktop.