IT Career Level 2
Following are some of the most popular IT job titles that companies are looking for, as well as, their job description, salary and education/credential requirements. There are many more IT careers than what you see below; we have only listed a few of the most popular IT job titles in each sector.
Network Security Specialist, Network Security Consultant, Security Specialist,
Network Security Administrator, Security Engineer
You should have two to three years of IT job experience now in the security field. Security Specialists plan, coordinate, and implement the organization’s information security. These workers educate users about computer security, install security software, monitor networks for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks, and gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime. The responsibilities of Security Specialists have increased in recent years as cyber attacks have become more common. This and other growing specialty IT job occupations reflect an increasing emphasis on client-server applications, the expansion of Internet and intranet applications, and the demand for more end-user support.
Individuals interested in becoming a Security Specialist or Network Security Specialist must have strong problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills because troubleshooting and helping others are vital parts of this IT career. The constant interaction with other computer personnel, customers, and employees requires computer support specialists and systems administrators to communicate effectively on paper, via email, over the phone, and in person. Strong writing skills are useful in preparing manuals for employees and customers.
(Note: The requirements listed below were assembled based on the most popular IT job titles and company expectations. We have listed the most likely requirements. You may not need them all, but you will certainly be required to have some of them. If you need help with this, please speak to one of our Training Advisors at 877-872-4646 and they can guide you to the correct path.)
(Required): [High School Diploma or Equivalent];
[IT Infrastructure Library];
[Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)];
[CompTIA A+ Certification];
[Cisco CCENT™ (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) Certification];
[EMC Proven Professional Storage Technologist Associate Certification];
[Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Windows Vista, Configuration];
[Microsoft MCSA w/ Security];
[CompTIA Server+ Certification];
[CompTIA Network+ Certification];
[CompTIA Linux+ Certification];
[Junior Level Linux Professional (LPIC-1)];
[Novell SUSE Linux Fundamentals];
[CompTIA Security+ Certification];
[Cisco CCNA™ Certification];
[Cisco CCDA™ Certification];
[ISC2 Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)];
[GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC)];
[Check Point Certified Security Administrator (CCSA) NGX Certification];
[Novell Netware Technologies;
[Soft Skills in Communications]
(Recommended): Working towards [MCSE 2003 Security Certification]; [ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certification]; [ISC2 ISSEP Master Level Certification]; [MCITP: Enterprise Administrator Certification]; [Cisco CCNP™ Certification]; [Cisco CCDP™ Certification]; [Intermediate Level Linux Professional (LPIC-2)]; [CIW Security Analyst]; [UNIX System Administration]
Also review the following page on Understanding Soft Skills
National Average Salary: $47,195.00
For more detailed Salary information see our Salary Statistics page.